The reaction in the media world has been skeptical after President Obama's first news conference in 10 months today, which with the exception of three questions, was all about the massive oil spill that continues to flow unabated.
Early Thursday night, Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum, already at war with the Obama administration as the leader of the group of Attorneys General suing the government regarding the federal mandate portion of the health care reform bill, issued a press release in which he calls the federal government's response "lackluster" and "derelict". You can read it all below:
"President Obamas press conference today only reinforced what Floridians
have known for weeks the federal government is not doing everything it
can to prevent further damage from the Deepwater Horizon spill. To those in
the impact zone and anyone being affected by the magnitude of the spill,
this is unacceptable.
"Multiple briefings and commissions will not prevent further damage from
the uncontrolled flow and the marine estuaries and wetlands damaged by the
lack of oversight will not somehow clean themselves. The administration has
been derelict in removing administrative barriers to help the Gulf States
prevent the catastrophe from reaching our shores and is now appearing to
take credit for the development of the Top Kill Solution a standard
industry practice to bolster its lack of engagement and lackluster