LeMieux blasts Obama spill response as ‘dereliction of duty’by George Bennett | June 3rd, 2010
“What we’ve seen over the past 42 days is, to me, a real dereliction of duty by this administration,” LeMieux said in an interview Thursday night. “The president comes down twice for photo ops and then goes back home to go golfing in Chicago.
“I think back to when Jeb Bush was governor. He was on the ground working the problems of those nine hurricanes, 10 hurricanes that we had in ’04 and ’05. And I want to see that kind of leadership in my president. I don’t want him outsourcing it or delegating it to BP or even delegating it to his cabinet members.
“We elected him. He’s a very bright guy. He needs to show leadership. He needs to be on the ground pushing for solutions like Jeb Bush was during all those hurricanes.”
LeMieux was appointed to a 16-month Senate stint by Crist last year. He said Crist and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal are addressing the problem the way executives should.
“Charlie Crist right now is over in Pensacola. He’s working this problem. Bobby Jindal’s been on the ground in Louisiana. That’s what executives do,” LeMieux said.
“The president is not the legislator in chief, he’s the commander in chief and this is an American problem. It’s not a British Petroleum problem. He needs to be down here getting the best minds, working with them every day on the ground. I expect to see the president three, four times a week in the gulf until this problem is solved.”