Woman solves man-made disaster
- the passing of a maverick by Steve Payne
says: what if the actuary tables didnt get John McCain, but a man-made
disaster did? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not
necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).
"And, unlike an earthquake or a hurricane, it is not
a single event that does its damage in a matter of minutes or days. The
millions of gallons of oil that have spilled into the Gulf of Mexico are
more like an epidemic, one that we will be fighting for months and even
years. " - Comment from Losing 2008 President Candidate Barack Obama
on this day in 2010, Sarah Louise Palin was sworn in as
the first woman President of the United States after John McCain suffered a
heart attack at the Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana where he had been
overseeing the crisis management of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill
Characteristically, McCain had been honouring a campaign pledge that had he
been president during the Hurricane Katrina Disaster, he would have flown to
the nearest Air Force base to oversee the response.
The Deepwater catastrophe had begun with the initial rig
explosion on April 20. The subsequent fire on a semi-submersible Mobile
Offshore Drilling Unit created a massive ongoing offshore oil spill in the
Gulf of Mexico, the largest in U.S. history and an environmental disaster.
Doubtless, what was required over the coming months was the deft crisis
management of a national leader such as John F Kennedy.
Instead having charged down to Louisiana McCain could
hardly disengage with the crisis worstening.
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