I finally read Rolling Stone's June 24th piece The Spill, the Scandal and the President today. I pulled a few sentences from the article, and added the bullet points and the graphics.
* Obama unveiled an aggressive push for new offshore drilling in the Arctic, the Southeastern seaboard and new waters in the Gulf, closer to Florida than ever before.
* Obama and Salazar appeared together at Andrews Air Force Base on March 31st to introduce the plan. The stagecraft was pure Rove in its technicolor militaristic patriotism.
* Two days later, Obama issued this statement:
"It turns out, by the way, that oil rigs today generally don't cause spills. They are technologically very advanced."
* Eighteen days later, on the eve of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, the Deepwater Horizon rig went off like a bomb.
Offshore drilling? NOT THE ANSWER. It's time to speak up.