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Early in the segment, Cooper said:
A local resident Jerry Lafont (ph) says he saw the whole thing. He snapped a picture of the crews getting out of their hazmat suits and getting ready to leave. He tells us they came in Jefferson Parish school buses pretended -- his words -- pretended like they were working and as soon as the President left everything shut down.
One of our staffers, who was also on the scene corroborates that. He says he has been on Grand Isle for the last three days and has never seen these crews before. Some told -- some told, one of our photojournalists Chris Turner they were on a work release program.
When CNN's Carol Costello asked whether they were there solely for the presidential visit, they told her they were under orders not to say and in fact they would get in trouble if they talked
Houma Today also reported Friday that a witness saw the workers brought in on school buses:
One man, watching a crew of laborers brought on school buses by a BP subcontractor to clean the beach on the Gulf of Mexico side, said it was "amazing what a presidential visit can accomplish."
"I've been here a week and I haven't seen anything like this," said the man, who refused to give his name.
Cooper also said early in the segment:
The allegation is simple, and it's stunning, that BP brought in workers to use as backdrops for the President's visit to Grand Isle lending the impression of a large-scale cleanup. Then, when the President left, so did the workers.
Yes, the allegation is INDEED simple, for it conveniently ignored one key issue: who from Jefferson Parish authorized BP to use its school buses?
Originally posted by The_Reaper_Angel
reply to post by TortoiseKweek
You are sooooo Correct I bet McCain would have his own Command center down there by now....By the way were`s Waldo (Joe Biden) Have not heard a WORD from him. If BHO could not be there at least he could send his 2nd in command. Bet Palin would not be hiding out...