It was what some consider a rare gaffe during a campaign stop in Pendleton months ago but at least he was honest about the unfamiliarity: Barack Obama didn’t know what Hanford was. (Watch Q and A clip here
The Tri-City Herald reports---in an unusually subjective style for a daily news story, however their shock is understandable---that Obama’s transition team is discussing with Washington Democratic senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray about cleanup of one of the most toxic sites on Earth. Whether a budding Presidential candidate should’ve known about Hanford is disputable. The nuclear reservation isn’t as recognized as it should be. Yet after watching the video again, it appears to be a question of policy rather than geography. Who knows. Either way, he’s doing something now.
The article states the “first real indication of how high a priority the incoming administration places on cleaning up Hanford and other Department Of Energy (DOE) site may not come until it releases it first budget proposal in late January or early February.” More