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Undercurrent of Gulf oil crisis is comparison to Hurricane Katrina



WASHINGTON — Sen. Mary Landrieu felt an ugly sense of deja vu. Her home state, Louisiana, was experiencing a catastrophe and the president was slowly and clumsily responding.

"It was shocking to me after President (George W.) Bush had taken such roundly deserved criticism for the same," said Landrieu, a third-term Democrat. "It was hard for me to watch another president make similar mistakes."

Below the surface of the Gulf oil calamity run comparisons to Hurricane Katrina. Almost immediately advanced by Rush Limbaugh and other conservative activists, the notion has seeped into broader discussions as President Barack Obama struggles to respond to one of the worst environmental disasters in U.S. history.

An Associated Press poll this week found Americans are just as dissatisfied with Obama's handling of the spill as they were with Bush's handling of Katrina. (story here)

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 10:43am]


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