Yessir, our federal government is right on top of this oil spill out in the Gulf of Mexico.
A morning flight over the Mississippi Sound showed long, wide ribbons of orange-colored oil for as far as the eye could see and acres of both heavy and light sheen moving into the Sound between the barrier islands. What was missing was any sign of skimming operations from Horn Island to Pass Christian.
U.S. Rep. Gene Taylor got off the flight angry.
"It's criminal what's going on out there," Taylor said minutes later. "This doesn't have to happen."
A scientist onboard, Mike Carron with the Northern Gulf Institute, said with this scenario, there will be oil on the beaches of the mainland.
"There's oil in the Sound and there was no skimming," Carron said. "No coordinated effort."
Taylor said it was a good thing he didn't have a mic in the helicopter, because he might have said some things he didn't want his children to hear.
"They're paying all these boats to run around like headless chickens," Taylor said, as reporters gathered to hear his assessment of the Sound.
"No coordinated effort" and "headless chickens" do not sound like our president and his people are on top of the situation. But this is understandable. It gets very confusing, all of these states in the middle of the country between the coasts and it's easy to lose track of one or two. No doubt Obama simply forgot that Mississippi is a Gulf coast state. Maybe he doesn't even know that Mississippi is a state.
Or maybe he is heading up an operation with nobody in charge and few know what the are doing.