President Obama went down to Louisiana this afternoon meeting with officials, including LA Governor Bobby Jindal, to discuss the catastrophic oil spill that is threatening the Gulf. Also, one imagines, to preempt the Katrina comparisons (there were more than a few on the Sunday shows today) before they really take hold.
Says Obama: “We want to emphasize the coordinating of local, state, and Federal officials in this process.” Also: the Federal government’s approach was “immediate” and has been “relentless.” Obama, himself is rather relentless is pointing out how relentless the US government under his watch has been in its reaction…unlike, say, its response during other Louisiana disasters, which I presume is the not-so-subtle comparison we are supposed to draw here.
What Obama would also like to emphasize is that this oil spill is really bad, possibly the worst in history, and furthermore this is BP’s fault and BP will be paying for it.
Let me be clear. BP is responsible for this leak. BP will be paying the bill. But as President of the United States I am going to spare no effort to respond to this crisis for as long as it continues. And we will spare no resource to clean up whatever damages cost.
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