May 27, 2010 1:35 PM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic sources say the Obama administration has fired the head of the U.S. Minerals Management Service in response to blistering criticism over lax oversight of offshore drilling.
The sources, speaking on condition of anonymity before the official announcement, tell The Associated Press that President Barack Obama will announce the decision Thursday.
Elizabeth “Liz” Birnbaum had run the service in the Interior Department since July 2009.
It only took a month but heads are rolling as the catastrophe chugs along. Good news though; after almost a year our Dear Leader will take some softball questions from the press. I feel so much better.
I have an idea: why not just fire Janet Napolitano right now? Why wait until we are attacked again?
LAX OVERSIGHT of oil drilling? Really? You have to be joking.