As much as any public figure Democratic strategist James Carville can probably take credit for leading the charge against the Obama administration’s apparent lack of action in the first weeks of the BP oil spill. Carville launched into a series of very public diatribes a few weeks back, accusing President Obama of not responding quickly enough, and appearing “inconvenienced” by the catastrophe. Two weeks and a number of Presidential trips to the Gulf later Carville appears to have toned down his criticism.
Carville told GMA‘s George Stephanopoulos this morning that he thinks Obama’s address from the Oval Office tomorrow night (his first) is a chance for him to “hit the reset button.”
I think people are very anxious, they want to hear what the President has to say. I think he’s going to have a lot of eyes glued to the television set tomorrow night.
Carville says Obama needs to disclose an accurate estimate of how much oil is spilling, what the strategy is to clean it up, and how he plans to protect and save the wetlands “if this president seizes this initiative…that’s going to be a big part of his legacy.”
Perhaps surprisingly, Carville wants the moratorium on off-shore drilling to be lifted as quickly as possible:
“The moratorium is wrecking the economy down here…you take fishing and you take petroleum away down here and you don’t have a whole lot left.”
It goes without saying, that Carville thinks more “stringent regulations” should go hand-in-hand with a return to drilling but “properly regulated and properly done…it can be done much much better.” Watch below.
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