Barbour and Obama Meet in Gulfport
President Obama arrived in Gulfport this morning and was greeted by, among others, Gov. Haley Barbour and his wife, Marsha. In an interesting political twist, Obama has been hit hard by Republicans (and the media to some extent) for his lack of reaction and leadership following the oil spill that began with an April 20 explosion killing 11 workers. In Mississippi, Democrats have attempted to portray Barbour as sympathetic to BP and ‘big business,’ while downplaying the significance of the spill.
Barbour has spent a good amount of time on national television criticizing the media’s coverage of the spill which has obviously hurt industry along the Coast. He was on Face the Nation this past weekend, and a week before that he was on FoxNews Sunday: