How one spends ones time is a good indicator of priorities and values: April 22: The Deepwater Horizon drilling platform, which had been burning for two days, sinks into the gulf. President Obama, after speaking in New York about the significance of financial regulatory legislation, hosts an Earth Day celebration in the Rose Garden. April 23: The U.S. Coastguard pronounces 11 Deepwater workers dead after traveling almost 2,000 miles throughout the gulf in search of their bodies. The president and First Lady Michelle Obama travel to North Carolina for a brief vacation, where they enjoy BBQ. April 24: Coast Guard Rear Admiral Mary Landry announces that the Deepwater wellhead is spewing crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico. The president and first lady continue to enjoy their vacation in North Carolina. (snip) April 29: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal declares a state of emergency, as the spill now covers a 600-square-mile area and is about 16 miles off the states coast. Obama delivers remarks in Washington on the importance of cybersecurity. Later in the day, he attends a FEMA meeting about hurricane preparedness. May 1: The U.S. military lends BP two C-130 aircraft to release potentially dangerous chemical dispersants over the oil spill. Obama tells jokes at the White House Correspondents Association Dinner, including one about killing the Jonas Brothers using CIA drones. May 2: Obama makes a quick trip to Louisiana to get a firsthand view of the recovery efforts. (snip) May 9: The first tar balls wash up on Dauphin Island off the coast of Alabama. Obama delivers the commencement address at Virginias Hampton University.[Note: where he lectures graduates not to get their information from Ipods and Xboxes, which he claims he doesn't know how to use.] May 12: Under pressure from journalists and government agencies, British Petroleum releases a short video of the wellhead, located one mile beneath the gulf surface. Using independent analysts, NPR determines from the video that at 50,000 barrels a day, the leak rate is 10 times higher than NOAAs estimate and 50 times higher than BPs early claim. Obama spends the morning with Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai. After lunch, Obama retires to the Oval Office with his advisers. (snip) May 21: ABC News reports that in the course of one month, enough oil has spilled to fill enough gallon milk jugs to stretch more than 11,300 miles. Thats more than the distance from New York to Buenos Aires, Argentina, and back. Obama hosts the Pittsburgh Steelers at the White House. Also signs a presidential memorandum outlining the next steps in his vision for cleaner, more efficient vehicles. May 22: Wildlife officials in Louisiana tell the Associated Press that they are considering setting the states fragile marshes on fire in an effort to staunch the contaminating effects of the oil. White House officials announce that they are beginning a multi-year renovation project for the north side of the White House. Obama delivers the commencement address at the Military Academy at West Point. May 26: BP announced yet another plan for stopping the spill, a maneuver called Top Kill that involves pumping mud into the Deepwater wellhead in order to clog it. This same day, officials begin pulling fisherman off the gulf due to toxic oil fumes. Obama hosts the U.S. World Cup soccer team and the Duke mens basketball team. May 28: Obama makes only his second visit to a grief-stricken Louisiana before heading on vacation. TIMELINE: Obama golfs while Gulf burns | The Daily Caller - Breaking News, Opinion, Research, and Entertainment Obama has a great deal in common with Nero.