Interior Dept. Chief of Staff on vacation while charged with handling oil leak response? 

Well, I guess if not bothering to interrupt your vacation for a national emergency is good enough for the President, it’s good enough for those that work for him:

Though his agency was charged with coordinating the federal response to the major oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Department of the Interior chief of staff Tom Strickland was in the Grand Canyon with his wife last week participating in activities that included white-water rafting, ABC News has learned.

Other leaders of the Interior Department were focused on the Gulf, joined by other agencies and literally thousands of other employees. But Strickland’s participation in a trip that administration officials insisted was “work-focused” raised eyebrows among other Obama administration officials and even within even his own department, sources told ABC News.

You have to love that they’re saying it was a “work-focused” trip. I’m not sure what that is supposed to mean, but it sounds awfully defensive.

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