59 Days after the BP oil rig explosion Barack Obama finally pledges to mobilize the military to assist with the worst oil spill and environmental disaster in the nation’s history.
It took Barack Obama 2 days to send the US military to Haiti after the deadly earthquake in January. It took him 58 days to send the US military to the Gulf after the worst environmental disaster in American history.
The Hill reported:
President Barack Obama on Tuesday said he is “mobilizing the greatest military in the world” to combat the Gulf oil spill.
In an address to service members in Florida, Obama again pledged to do “whatever it takes for as long as it takes” to deal with the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history.
“This is an assault on our shores, and we’re going to fight back with everything that we’ve got,” Obama said in remarks in Pensacola, Fla., that conclude his visit to three states on the Gulf Coast.
Obama did not offer any new details on military involvement in cleaning up the spill. The president has already authorized the deployment of more than 17,000 National Guard troops to assist in response and recovery efforts, even as the leak continues to pour thousands of gallons into the water every day.
Earlier this week the Obama Administration finally accepted assistance from The Netherlands after their offer nearly two months ago.