That’s what Politico says: “White House in P.R. ‘panic’ over spill.” That’s the Gulf oil spill, of course:
The ferocious oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico is threatening President Barack Obama’s reputation for competence, just as surely as it endangers the Gulf ecosystem.
So White House aides are escalating their efforts to reassure Congress and the public in the face of a slow-motion catastrophe, even though it’s not clear they can bring it under control anytime soon.
I’m not sure Obama has a reputation for competence to lose, but the White House probably doesn’t need to worry. At Robert Gibbs’s press briefing today, not a single reporter asked a question about the government’s failure to have equipment available to carry out its “plan” for responding to major oil spills in the Gulf.