Before you swallow the current right-wing line that the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is "Obama's Katrina," first. . .well, first think about it a little. Katrina was a hurricane, of course, and as such gave days of advance warning. The explosion in the Gulf was sudden and unexpected. Also, in Katrina, people were dying in alarming numbers, seemingly with no assistance coming. With the oil spill, the livelihoods of people, and the viability of natural habitats are affected. It is a huge disaster, and will continue to be for a very, very long time. But the two events aren't very analogous.
But forget all of that. The timelines don't match.
Memo to media: Timeline contradicts "Obama's Katrina" claim
A timeline of events following the catastrophic Gulf of Mexico oil spill belies the absurd media claim that the spill represents "Obama's Katrina."
April 20 (10 p.m.): Oil rig explosion. An April 21 ABCNews.com article reported, "An overnight explosion in the Gulf of Mexico rocked the Deepwater Horizon oil rig off the Louisiana coast, sending spectacular bursts of flame into the sky. . .
Read the whole timeline at: Media Matters