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Annie, Obama didn't turn down any offers of assistance. All such offers were passed by the Department of State to the Unified Area Command. The Jones Act stipulates that the incident commander make any decisions about waivers in the event of an oil spill. If there is no oil spill, Washington might waive the Jones Act for other reasons, as the Bush administration did. However, the reason this decision is left up to the incident commander during an oil spill is that there is risk and danger in having too many vessels in the vicinity of a spill--therefore the incident commander is in the best position to assess what is needed and what isn't.
All of which is immaterial, of course, because no waivers were requested and none were granted or needed.