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Woman solves man-made disaster - the passing of a maverick by Steve Payne

Author 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).

April 25th "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 disaster.

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.

Author says to view guest historian's comments on this post please visit the Today in Alternate History web site.

Steve Payne, Editor of Today in Alternate History, a Daily Updating Blog of Important Events In History That Never Occurred Today. Follow us on Facebook, Myspace and Twitter.

Imagine what would be, if history had occurred a bit differently. Who says it didn't, somewhere? These fictional news items explore that possibility. Possibilities such as America becoming a Marxist superpower, aliens influencing human history in the 18th century and Teddy Roosevelt winning his 3rd term as president abound in this interesting fictional blog.


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