Whenever there is a crisis, like the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, people want to see their elected officials and appointed agency heads out there, in the world, "doing" things. This is understandable -- nobody wants a repeat of FEMA head Michael Brown bitching about how he's not given enough time to chill at Baton Rouge restaurants while the Katrina relief effort sputtered along. Eventually, however, the actual tasks that officials set themselves to doing are issuing statements and making phone calls and receiving updates -- not exactly the stuff of action-movie montages.
And so, it falls to people like Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar to provide real-world examples of actions that suggest officials are treating the oil spill with seriousness and alacrity. Here's what he came up with at a recent Congressional hearing:
At a congressional hearing Wednesday, Salazar said he sent his deputy, David Hayes, to the Gulf Coast "without a change of underwear" the day after the deadly blast.
Yeesh. As Representative Nick Rahall (D-W.V.) put it, "That was perhaps too much information." We really only have time to worry about one ever-spreading slick of brown sludge, thank you!
Still, the next fashion deep-think piece from Robin Givhan practically writes itself!