Piss-poor word choice coming out of the mouth of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on the oil rig disaster in the Gulf:
Administration officials pushed back Sunday against criticism that the White House isn’t acting fast enough to battle the massive oil spill creeping toward Gulf shores.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar made the rounds on the morning news shows in advance of President Barack Obama’s trip to Louisiana on Sunday.
“It’s a massive oil spill and our campaign has to be to move forward and do all we can,” Salazar said on “Fox News Sunday.” “Every effort is being made to stop the source right now … there has not been a minute of rest since this started.”
Salazar acknowledged fears that the spill, stemming from an undersea well ruptured in the April 20 offshore rig explosion, could be worse than the Exxon Valdez accident that dumped nearly 11 million gallons of crude off the Alaska coast in 1989.
“We have to prepare for the worst-case scenario here,” Salazar said.
“There are scenarios that it could be worse than the Exxon Valdez,” he said when asked by host Chris Wallace about comparisons to the notorious environmental disaster. “We’re not sugar-coating this.”
“We were stepping on the neck of BP to do everything we can do” since the explosion, Salazar said. “We’ve been on top of this every minute.”
Salazar’s boots kept walking on CNN, where he said, “Our job is keep our boot on the neck of British Petroleum and make sure they live up to their responsibilities.”
Given the propensities of this regime, using phrases like “boot on the neck” to describe policy will make some more than just a little uncomfortable.
Count me amongst them.
Crossposted at Brutally Honest.