Make Billy Nungesser an offer he cannot refuse…

…like real, rather than fabricated, help in the Gulf.

Obama is Allowing Political PR to “Wag the Dog” on Gulf Spill Response

John
Verum Serum
7/1/2010

Rep. Issa’s report is here. Below are a few highlights…

…there’s the issue of “phantom assets”:

The White House blog details a number of assets deployed in the region to combat the spill. This includes vessels, boom, and dispersant. The number of assets claimed, however, does not appear to match what is actually in the field. Parish officials maintain that the thousands of vessels cited in the blog are non-existent. One senior official refers to them as “phantom assets.” When asked to elaborate, he explained that when he asks the federal government to provide the location of its assets, it either refuses or cannot do so.4 Daily helicopter search grids performed by the Parish sheriff’s department confirm to him that very few of the assets claimed are deployed.

This is corroborated by Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser, who shared a similar story with investigators. BP and Coast Guard provided Mr. Nungesser with a map of the Gulf allegedly pinpointing the exact locations of 140 skimmers cleaning up oil. Sensing that the chart may have been somewhat inaccurate, Mr. Nungesser requested a flyover of the assets for verification. After three canceled trips,
officials admitted to Mr. Nungesser that only 31 of the 140 skimmers were ever deployed. The rest were sitting at the docks. According to Mr. Nungesser, the chart appeared to have been fabricated.

There’s also a bald-faced PR element to the administration’s effort:

Mr. Nungesser, who has frequently appeared on local and national television, was apparently visited by two White House officials at his office on Fathers’ Day. According to Mr. Nungesser, the purpose of their visit was to find a way to keep him from calling attention to the lack of equipment. Specifically, they asked him, “What do we have to do to keep you off TV?” He simply replied, “give me what I need.”

Read the whole thing at Verum Serum.

UPDATE: Read more at GatewayPundit, Horrible… Obama Administration Lied About Oil Spill Cleanup Efforts

UPDATE 2: House Dems to GOP: Neener, Neener, No Gulf Coast Trip for You from The Greenroom at HotAir.com

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