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    Barack Obama waited eight days to deal with the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico


    The Obama administration reacted to the Deepwater Horizon disaster within hours

    The Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded on the night of April 20. On April 21, Obama’s deputy secretary of the Interior, David Hayes, was dispatched to the Gulf Coast.

    On April 22, Obama was briefed on the situation in the Oval Office by officials from his administration: