Skip to comments.While Oil Slick Spread, Interior Department Chief of Staff Rafted with Wife on Trip in Grand Canyon
Posted on 05/05/2010 3:33:13 PM PDT by Bigtigermike
Though his agency was charged with coordinating the federal response to the major oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Department of the Interior chief of staff Tom Strickland was in the Grand Canyon with his wife last week participating in activities that included white-water rafting, ABC News has learned.
But Stricklands participation in a trip that administration officials insisted was work-focused raised eyebrows among other Obama administration officials and even within even his own department, sources told ABC News.
Strickland, who also serves as Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks, was in the Grand Canyon with his wife Beth for a total of three days, including one day of rafting. Beth Strickland paid her own way, Obama administration officials said.
The Stricklands departed for the Grand Canyon three days after the leaks in the Deepwater Horizon pipeline were discovered. Ultimately, after the government realized that the spill was worse than had been previously thought, officials decided that Strickland was needed in the Gulf so Strickland was taken out of the Grand Canyon by a National Park Service helicopter.
One government official, asking for anonymity because of the political sensitivities involved, told ABC News that some Interior Department employees thought it was irresponsible for Strickland to have gone on the trip, given the crisis in the Gulf, which was fully apparent at the time he departed for the Grand Canyon.
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What will really outrage the moonbats was the fact that he was in Arizona!
“Strickie, you’re doing a heck of a job!”
While Rome burned ...
What, you expect him to go rafting in an oil spill?
Hmm. And wasn’t Leiter, Obama’s anti-terror chief, on a ski trip when the panty bomber struck? As I recall, he didn’t hurry home from vacation, either.
And, of course, Obama was sunning himself in Hawaii.
One for ABC bringing this to light!
Nero fiddled while Rome burned...
This is just an effort 2 keep the blowback from Zero; during the unfolding crisis he took time to encourage greater entrepreneurialism from muslims in Dublin, Ireland —something I’m sure has been weighing heavily on all your minds....
WORSE THAN CARTER.
Maybe, just maybe, people will start to realize that there are limits as to what a president and government can do in an emergency such as this....at least until a Republican is back in the Oval Office.
Zero was eating pie and playing golf. That’s the investigation I want to see.
WORST president EVER!!!!!
“This is just an effort 2 keep the blowback from Zero”
Yes. sounds like panicked leaks from the White House.
Too bad the guy’s name isn’t Nero, or maybe we should start calling Obama Nero. Hmm.
Can't wait until Gibbs attempts to gloss this over by stating, technically, it wasn't Strickland's responsibility, since the Gulf of Mexico in on the country's exterior.
Zero was eating pie and playing golf. Thats the investigation I want to see.
Zero eats pie and plays golf all the time but he always concentrates on the more important things. ICE CREAM.
Strickie is “ Dept. of Interior. “
The oil slick was in the exterior.
Well, I do see a pattern here. It’s more fun rafting in the Grand Canyon than in the middle of an oil slick in the Gulf.
Also, that explains why they’ve just build an environmental testing boat to patrol the coastal waters, looking for interesting stuff, instead of building the special booms they needed to contain an oil spill. And which they said they needed many years ago.
Because it’s a lot more fun for greenie scientists to travel around in a fancy boat exploring the environment than it is to build a bunch of dumb booms to contain oil spills—and to pay redneck oil workers to put them to use.
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