May 27th, 2010
12:53 PM ET

Obama addresses Gulf oil spill disaster

[Updated at 1:57 p.m.] The president answers the last question from the media and ends the news conference.

[Updated at 1:56 p.m.] Obama says anyone looking for someone to take responsibility can look to him because it's his job to end the crisis. He said the situation "forces us all to do some soul-searching, and I think that's important for all of us to do."

[Updated at 1:51 p.m.] Asked about Interior Secretary Ken Salazar saying the administration had its "boot" on BP's "neck," Obama responded that Salazar is "frustrated, angry and emotional," but that it's important to focus on actions not anger.

[Updated at 1:44 p.m.] "It's problem if we don't start changing how we operate," Obama says, emphasizing the need for diverse sources of energy and explaining how he approached the GOP caucus and said, "Let's work together" on a bipartisan framework for addressing the nation's energy needs.

[Updated at 1:40 p.m.] "We have to verify whatever they say about the damage," Obama says, adding that the government has fallen short in checking out BP's information on the extent of the catastrophe.

[Updated at 1:38 p.m.] Asked if he regretted calling for expanded offshore drilling as part of the nation's energy strategy, Obama says he made the mistake of believing that oil companies "had their act together" when it came to assessing worst-case scenarios.

[Updated at 1:37 p.m.] Despite the oil spill, Obama says he continues to believe that "domestic oil production is an important part of our overall energy mix," but it is insufficient to meet the nation's future needs on its own.

[Updated at 1:33 p.m.] Prior to the oil spill, "there was lack of anticipating" what the worst-case scenarios could be, the president says, and "that's a problem."

[Updated at 1:31 p.m.] The president says he takes some responsibility for not moving quickly enough to change a culture at the Minerals Management Service in which "oil companies were able to get what they wanted." He added, "We should've busted through those constraints."

[Updated at 1:28 p.m.] Obama says he learned of Minerals Management Service Director Elizabeth Birnbaum's resignation today.

[Updated at 1:26 p.m.] Prior to the Obama administration, there was a "habit" of signing off on environmental waivers because the Minerals Management Service couldn't complete the necessary studies within the allotted 30 days, the president says.

[Updated at 1:23 p.m.] Obama will "leave it" to the media to compare his oil spill response to former President George W. Bush's response to Hurricane Katrina: "I'm confident that people [will say] this administration was on top of what was an unprecedented crisis."

[Updated at 1:22 p.m.] The president asserts that if "BP's contractors are not moving as nimbly or effectively as they need to be, then it is already the power of the federal government to redirect those resources."

[Updated at 1:20 p.m.] Obama says, "This is a big mess coming to shore," and even with a perfect organizational structure, "spots are going to be missed."

[Updated at 1: 18 p.m.] BP has emergency contracts on hand in the event of an oil spill, Obama says, and "their job is to activate those and start paying them."

[Updated 1:15 p.m.] The federal government does not have "superior" technology, compared to that of BP, to help cap the broken oil well in the Gulf of Mexico, the president says.

[Updated 1:13 p.m.] Obama says the federal government has been involved in decision-making since Day One of the crisis: "This notion that somehow the federal government is sitting on the sideline for the last three or four or five weeks, we've just been letting BP make a whole bunch of decisions, is simply not true."

[Updated at 1:10 p.m.] "Those who think we were slow" in responding to the Gulf oil spill "don't know the facts," the president says.

[Updated at 1:08 p.m.] The president says the oil spill is a reminder of the need to push for comprehensive energy reform legislation.

[Updated at 1:06 p.m.] The crisis has been "the highest priority" since it began, and Obama says he has had more meetings about the spill than any other matter besides the Afghan troop buildup.

[Updated at 1:03 p.m.] Every day the oil spill dilemma continues, Obama says, "I'm angry and frustrated as well."

[Updated at 1:02 p.m.] Obama lists four actions the administration is taking: suspending exploration in two sites off Alaska, canceling plans for leases off the coast of Virginia and in the Gulf of Mexico, suspending permits for new deep-water wells in the Gulf for six months and suspending  33 current projects in the Gulf.

[Updated at 12:59 p.m.] Obama says oil industry's "cozy and sometimes corrupt" relationship with government officials resulted in inadequate regulations.

[Updated at 12:57 p.m.] White House has insisted that BP pay injury claims, Obama says, adding that the U.S. is "not going to abandon our fellow citizens."

[Updated at 12:56 p.m.] President says about 20,000 people are working on the cleanup effort.

[Updated at 12:55 p.m.] Obama, speaking at a White House news conference, says BP is operating under government supervision and must consult administration before undertaking any measures.

[Posted at 12:53 p.m.] Top-kill method for cleaning up oil spill offers "no guarantee of success" and cleanup process could take months, President Obama says.

soundoff (451 Responses)
  1. Ryan

    "Cleanup process could take months." Seriously!?!??! I'm an Obama supporter and this is a stupid statement. Ask the people of Alaska how many months it took to clean up after the Exxon spill. Those people are still feeling the pain from the spill. The gulf coast will never be the same and BP needs to pay the price....

    May 27, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      He is talking about the actual cleanup process, which would take months. The effects which could linger for years.

      May 27, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      First of all, Obama hasn't even gone down there. Seriously? We are over a month in, and he hasn't even looked at what is going on?!?! Second, he has the power to make sure every government agency is getting rid of beauracratic red-tape and pushing assistance through with no stops. Instead, paperwork still waits, for over a month. They can't even get equipment and people down there, which shoudl have been in FULL FORCE weeks ago. That is ridiculous!

      Last, Obama can solve the job crisis by doing the following. If 100,000 jobs were created, to clean up the spill, paying each person $40,000 per year, plus benefits, it would cost about $6 billion per year. Given that BP makes $20-25 billion per year in profit, I think they can afford that. So, Obama did this, we would have 100,000 new jobs, plus all those individuals cleaning up quickly, and he woudl stimulate the US and local economies.

      Let's start think like Nike and JUST DO IT! Stop sitting around making political speeches on TV. DO SOMETHING!

      May 27, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Obama has been there twice now.

      May 27, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      He was down there last week and he is going back tomorrow. Where have you been getting your news? Certainly not CNN.

      May 27, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • diaryofamisEducatedblackman

      Couldnt agree with you more Ryan, the finger pointings gotta stop, clean up the mess, then BP pays for the mistake.

      May 27, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Soup1951

      You do realize that this entire problem could have been prevented with one $500,000 safety valve. However, Cheney's secret meetings with energy officials decided that the oil industry shouldn't be "forced" into additional expenses when so many fail-safe procedures were already in place. Yeah, A measely half-mil is petty cash to a company like BP. The Republican conservatives expect the government to step in and solve a crisis created by business. Stop talking out of both sides of your mouth. You either want government participation or not. You cannot have it both ways. Your philosophy of let business handle everything certainly has proven the way to go....NOT.

      May 27, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leigh Anne

      I live here in Plaquemines Parish and have to tell you, I want to dunk Tony Hayward in a tank of oil for about 3 to 6 hours, then send him to Fort Jackson where the volunteers there can use a qtip to swab out the oil from his mouth, throat, ears, nose, etc. That would make me feel only a little better. Or better yet, let him go in the marshes and clean it up naked.

      May 27, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jerry

      Watching Obama on CNN – he might have been inagurated as president but he is not in control like a president should be. I am from Louisiana and know what is going on with all the local news and the national news coverage on the coast of Louisiana. I cannot understand how this man can stand up and make the statements he is making. He knows nothing of what is going on because he is ill advised by his advisors who are totally ignorant of what nees to be done and the magnitude of this disaster. The president should have been down on the coastal towns and see what total devastation is occuring since the first week of this disaster. WAKE UP OBAMA AND WASHINGTONIANS YOU ARE RESPOSIBLE FOR LOOSING OF THE ENTIRE GULF COAST ANIMAL LIFE, MARSHES THAT PRODUCE THIS ANIMAL LIFE AND THE FISHERMEN WHO HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO CONTIINUE FISHING AND SUPPORTING THERE FAMILIES.

      May 27, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Jerry, the one responsible is BP let's not lose site of that trying to start a another political war in this country.
      You know what is going on by watching TV but you think our President is clueless because he has advisers. Wow I guess that makes me an expert too since I watch TV.
      If you are so concerned about the coastline in your state why are you not down there cleaning up the beaches?

      May 27, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      Jerry....I understand the frustration, but how can you blame the Pres. for what is going on in the gulf?

      May 27, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nathan

      Obama, aren't we a little late on taking control of the situation? More incompetent than Bush!

      May 27, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gary

      Thanks Ryan, as an Obama supporter you clearly recognize stupid when you see it, just wondering why you support Obama even when you recognize stupid.

      May 27, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • pinarello

      Obama couldn't tell the truth if his life depended on it!

      May 27, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Drew

      Ryan I agree with you and I know how difficult a decision it must be to not run over a corporation that seem to be trying to stop the leak. Wrong accusations and taking over and spending tax payer money can bring harsh criticism from the conservatives and people in general. However it is now time to take over and get this done BP is obviously dragging their corporate feet and just can't seem to stop the leak. It is a shame that our government has allowed a foriegn corporation to destroy the gulf in the effort to extract a precious resource from under our noses. FBP!!

      May 27, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      I see these comments "he has been down there twice", and "where are you getting your data?". Twice... but I guess I see your point, there was no oil on the beach the last time he went... so I am sure that was a bummer trip. Now he can actually SEE the train wreck and maybe hug some people crying as their businesses crumble (anyone want to bet we see this?). What can a president do in this situation... start thinking outside of the box. What we are seeing is no different than anything we have seen in the past. Watch, threaten, see some people get fired or quit, point fingers, hold some hearings... is this different than ANYTHING in the past with major events like this? Do I have the answer, no, but there are one heck of a lot of people who ARE willing to give their time to try new techniques, but... that takes going through protocols to get outside of that box. And we can't break protocol yet because we don't have the results of the congressional hearings etc. Remember... we have to have those results before change can occur. Ever heard of "Watch, Listen, & Learn", well it was not meant for major oil spills wiping out ways of life.

      May 27, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • william graham

      thanks for all the views. please comment and share. the first one is a rough example. the second one is a more detailed discription. ""
      "" is it just me or is anyone else with good ideas getting blocked?

      May 27, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • ironman

      what really is a big joke is that this moron can look at you with a stright face and blame us for his mistake and his people and what reallly is a joke is how even when everything was running fined the gas prices was going up and no one has even explan that one. you would think the prices would go up becase of this problem now ever since this happen gas prices are falling like a rock no we havn't been getting rib off on gas prices all this time it just gose to show we do have all the oil we need in country for us screw the arabs

      May 27, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • diaryofamisEducatedblackman

      Once again, it just seems we're going in circles on this subject and politicians r not gonna dive in the water n fix this mess.

      May 27, 2010 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • jerry

      Funny how everything said now comes from the coast guard to make it look like the govt. has been doing something. Obama didn't even mention it for 9 days. This is just a pain in the rear for him as he is trying to ram as much of his socialist agenda down our throats as he can before Nov. When it is plugged he will also take credit for that.

      May 27, 2010 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • castleqwayr

      I saw this funny news release here:

      June 5, 2010 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. James

    Time for the blame game is over Mr. President. If you want to call the shots, then put up or shut up. People in Lousiania are still waiting for you to do something.

    May 27, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eileen

      He did: "Elizabeth Birnbaum, the head of the Minerals Management Service, has been fired." I came here looking for a statement he made that they haven't put up. I worry ExxonMobil will find a way to get him "removed" after he made that remark.

      May 27, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Do what? There is no one in the government who can fix this. They are not in the oil business!

      May 27, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Maybe the people in LA need to just go do something themselves instead of waiting if they don't think things are happening fast enough. I don't get all this talk about waiting have boats, you obviously have people to man the boats since so many are now out of work. Just go protect your shores instead of waiting for someone else to do it for you. If I know a tornado or hurricane is headed my way I don't wait for the government to come board up my windows.

      May 27, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carl S.

      You cry about too much government in your lives. Now you cry that Obama needs to clean up the spill. BP hired the best scientists in the world and they could not clean it up. Do you think President Obama is superman?

      May 27, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • jason meyes

      I thought the government was too big and should be out of our lives and not put restrictions on business. Freedom right, oh until something gets messed up. Opinions should be made when all facts are learned. Unless you are with the president 24 hours a day you have no idea on what he is doing or what the government is doing. you can not clean up the mess until the well is shut down. Thats like saying least cleanup uo New Orleans while katrina is happening. the government just doesn't have a magic wand that can stop the oil, BP is on it there is nothing to be done. Regulations in the future and enforcement are the only thing the government can do.

      May 27, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carlos

      Is the state of LA broke? Cmon, stop playing the victim here and get to work! Stop waiting around for someone else to do something and get off of CNN and start making some progress if your having a tough time getting the president to come down there, seriously, what good is that going to do? Everyone knows the devistation.

      May 27, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mad Louisiana Resident

      To Brian ..................... I've read alot of the comments on here. Some good points, some bad points and some down right RIDICULOUS points. Your comment falls into ridiculous. I mean really................ WTH do you think us Louisianans are going to do? Let's all load up in our boats and skim oil.................... If you're not from here, then shut up!!!!!

      May 27, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • ironman

      it is totaly a mazing how this moron in office can look at you stright in the face and blame us for this mess and not his people who really drop the ball in alll this no one else and bp and the greedy partners there's the that did this this man alwas has someone to blame but himself not me i didnt do it dont blame me the nearv of this moron he needs to go now and soon we can not afford this guy no more

      May 27, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Cindi Sullivan

    I understand that people want someone to blame for the oil spill but that is not the problem at hand. Pointing fingers is not going to clean up the oil. Using safe clean up efforts such as hay will provide jobs for the fishermen that can not work and help the farming communities in the US. It seems like a win win.

    May 27, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      I doubt there is enough hay grown to cover this much damage. But it would help in small areas.

      May 27, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Roger

    If Obama is admitting that these FEDERAL regulators had too cozy a relationship with oil companies, why is the federal government assuming no responsibility? The government failed here big time!!!!!!!

    May 27, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      I fully respect the office of the President, but, how, based upon, this, like so many other of his speeches, does he constantly get away with assuming/taking no responsibility, still tries to pass the blame to Bush's administration after all this time, and tells outright mistruths to the American people. I truly thought he was made of better stuff, but am no longer at all sure !

      May 27, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      He was quite clear that government had too cozy a relationship with big oil and acted to end it, from firing a Bush hold over to finding a way to stop all action until corrupt procedures that let the oil companies get away with raping the environment are overturned – including those put in by Congress. He is using the power of his office to the maximum and big oil really has no response. Bravo, Mr. President!

      May 27, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Ya the government that put the policies in place back in the Bush admin.

      May 27, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Julibear

      Mike, in the press conference I just watched, that President Obama gave today, about 90 minutes ago, he said, "if youre wondering who takes responsibility for this, I do.' Forget that BP was given a pass on installing extra safety measures to save $500k by the prior administration (and now they will pay billions in cleanup costs), President Obama has been to the area twice and resources are being amassed. He's not playing the blame game, he's stepping up to the plate.

      May 27, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • 1plus1

      Mike.... Are you ignorant by choice, or just plain dumb?
      [Updated at 1:56 p.m.] Obama says anyone looking for someone to take responsibility can look to him because it's his job to end the crisis.

      May 27, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eddieboy

      The government failed here big time but not the Obama administration. What we're seeing is a disaster resulting from the cozy relationship fostered between big business and the Bush/Cheney administration that basically disabled any enforcement of regulation by federal agencies in the oil/mining and I'm sure most other industries. The chickens are just coming home to roost. It will ceraitnaly require more than 1 year to undo the laissez-faire environment that was created by the previous Republican administration over the course of the previous 8 years. Anyone who believes that government doesn't have a role to play in controlling the greed that permeates big business placing profit above all else is quite plainly a fool.

      May 27, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mr_Illinois

    He just said that BP "must" follow the government's directives. Is that why they're still spraying the chemical dispersant the EPS ordered them to stop using days ago because of toxicity concerns?!?!?! I can see how well they're listening...

    May 27, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Brock Lepin

    Our government is worse off then I thought. The President is saying from day one they have had everyone in the government working on the oil spill. You are telling me that our entire government has worked on this from day one and they couldn't contain the oil better and figure out how to stop this?
    This is pathetic! If everyone is working on it, there are serious issues with who is in our government at all levels.

    May 27, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brenda

      I applaud this comment. If the Government has been focussing on this issue since day one, then we definately need some other assistance becuase apparently this government can handle the task at hand.The Persident would have been better off to admit they could do more, but to say they are doing all they can is truly sad... especially since CNN is finding there is NOBODY cleaning up the marshes in LA.

      May 27, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carl S.

      The bottom line is this spill is beyond our technology capability. They have tried everything. But it did not work. Now it is time for everyone to work together to try to curtail the effects from the spill.

      May 27, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carlos

      Hey Brock – do you have a better idea on how to stop the leak? Don't answer the question! There are scholars and engineers from all around the globle trying to figure out how to stop this leak. Don't you think if there was a solution this issue would be contained?! Cmon, smart guy.

      May 27, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Julibear

      the spill was caused by BP and they should be responsible for cleaning it up. Its BP's job to plug the damn leak and the govt has assisted them in doing this, but its beyond everyone's technology. Another BP snafu–if youre going in over your heads (literally) you should have the capabilities to deal with the worst case scenario. Do you want government to butt out or hold companies accountable? You can't have it both ways.

      May 27, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Carl S.
      Thank you...well said!

      May 27, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  7. benny lea

    why not take a big roundball an push it in the hole of the pipe it may not stop it all but may stop it enough to slow it down a nuff to cap it or fill it with something because its not going to stop while it is gushing as hard or as fast as it is.something can be shoved in it to slow it down

    May 27, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Holly

      That's exacty what the heavy mud is doing.

      May 27, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • dave

      I vote we use Duct tape !

      May 27, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  8. CT

    The very thick oil is just off the coast of Louisiana and where is this clean up consisting of 20,000 people. Where are the ships and equipment ? Also, when will our Govenor be given permission by the Corp of Engineers to protect what we have left of our wildlife and marshes ? He is asking for help as we all are and there is such pathetic retoric coming from BP and our own government. BP will be spending money on a study, the Corp of Engineers are studing to see if we should be allowed to protect our coast and marshlands and nothing is being done to STOP THE OIL NOW.

    May 27, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Why is your governor waiting for permission? The governor should be on all news media stations telling the citizens to get out there and start protecting/cleaning up their own area. I just don't understand this wait until someone steps in and does something mentality. I saw during Katrina and I am seeing big time again.

      May 27, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • 1plus1

      I agree with Brian. Just go ahead and do what you need to do! What, are the Feds going to arrest the LA governor for protecting his state? Screw permission, take some initiative!

      May 27, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stephen E. Stafford

      Your Governor, Bobby Jindal, is too busy grandstanding. You cannot tell from listening to him that he has met with other officials daily. His concerns are addressed with the relevant people, if he brings them up. He does not carry on in the meetings the way he does on TV. He knows exactly what is going on. He has been accommodated as much as possible. If many of the people he was meeting with daily were not part of political systems, it could have been shocking to hear him crying about this and that on TV. He wants to look in command while squandering daily chances to get what the state needs. Once again, his not ready for prime time style pales in comparison to the President's cool fact based leadership.

      May 27, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Holly

    "suspending exploration in two sites off Alaska, canceling plans for leases off the coast of Virginia and in the Gulf of Mexico, suspending permits for new deep-water wells in the Gulf for six months and suspending 33 current projects in the Gulf"

    What is that going to solve beside loss of thousands of jobs and higher gas prices?

    May 27, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      Since I live in Virginia, most likely saving our beaches from oil company greed, since the last month has shown they can't control the situation. Let them drill off of your shore, but keep them away from mine.

      May 27, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Holly

      It's not the big bad oil companies it's gonna hurt. It's going to hurt everyday people. The entire Louisiana and Texas Gulf coast is connected to oil industry in some way. Either you're employed by someone directly connected to the industry, or you're job is dependent on the money the industry brings to your community. You're pretty beach won't mean much if no one is able to enjoy them because of all the job losses.

      May 27, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bee

      Thanks, Holly! The big, bad oil companies are just that, big and bad. But they hire drilling companies, service companies, catering companies and buy lots of equipment, chemicals, and the like that puts lots and lots of people to work. I am a proud Louisianian who is heart-broken and ready to go get in the water with Billy Nungesser and his gang for clean-up. At the same time, the oil industry has put food on the table for my family and many, many others! This way more complicated than it looks. Still grieving with those 11 families who lost loved ones!

      May 27, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Seth - Sarasota, Florida

      Ignorance .. Example.A

      May 27, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Julibear

      There is no doubt that LA and TX citizens rely on these companies for their livelihoods, but dammit, can't they run their operations in a responsible way? If they're going to drill a mile under water, they need to be prepared for every and any worst case scenario. BP has a history of dodging safety complaints and now more people have died, as well as an entire ecosystem, fishing, tourism. How many jobs is that worth? How much is your gallon of blood-gas worth?

      May 27, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Carolyn

    And I am sure the Federal Govt. a/k/a you and I will be paying the Oil Companies for the rigs they are renting at $500,000/day for the next 6 months because Obama is renigging on their contracts? Way to go you idiot!

    May 27, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • k

      very nice use of word "renigging" ha thats funny I'm assuming the misspell was intentional...way to show your true colors of racism its so good to see...(that's sarcasm in case you didn't know)

      May 27, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Joey

    It's time for you to step down, Obama!

    May 27, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      Why, because George Bush's Interior Dept. was corrupt? Get real. Were you listening to the press conference. He very convincingly laid the whole thing at Bush's feet.

      May 27, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Holly

      of course he blamed Bush. Why would he take any responsibility at all for what's happening to the country he's running now. I don't recall Bush blaming Clinton because terrorist were allowed into the country and attached the WTC. It doesn't matter whose fault it is... it's HIS responsibility now.

      May 27, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      Actually, I do recall plenty of people blaming Clinton for ignoring al Queda – although Richard Clark was very clear that he tried to get Bush to pay attention to just that threat and was rebuffed by the Bush Administrationk, which was asleep at the wheel. If more people had listened to Clark in 04, we would not have the mess we have now. Kerry would not only have done a better job, but there might even be a functioning Republican Party, which has now been hijacked by the Tea Party – who will put Palin on the top of the ticket and turn the GOP into a third party.

      May 27, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dee

      It's time for you to shut-up.

      May 27, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Elizabeth

      If you think you can do a better job then the election is rigt around the corner. Fill out the appropriate paper work and run for yourself 😉

      May 27, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • ironman

      pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeee and now for another deaster come up we can not aford you any more and your moron ideals your worst than jimmy cater was and we thought we never live to aother one of him again

      May 27, 2010 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Charlie

    listening to Obama speak right now.... this guy is a blowhard. How did we manage to elect him?

    May 27, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      By nominating Sarah from Wassilla to be one heart beat away.

      May 27, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bullox

      "We" elect him? There is no "I" in "We". I most certainly did not vote for this piece of crap that calls himself President.

      May 27, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      We elected him because YOU could not do a better job as President! What are YOUR qualificiations? It's easy to pick on Obama, but I doubt you will do a better job as President.

      May 27, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      My Goldwater Republican mother voted for Obama because Palin scared her. She is not alone – yet the Tea Party loves her. Look, you asked how you got Obama. Don't shoot the messanger – although, do please nominate Sarah again, just so history can be rid of you.

      May 27, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gary

      Liberal / socialist / progressive / communists talk about Sarah Palin being "a heart beat away" as a major concern then they put Joe Biden in the same position!!!! Hey, I did not vote for the 44th president and cannot wait to see him voted out of office but can you imagine Joe Biden running the country??? What a nightmare!!!! Obama is making a mess of things which we may never be able to repair but Joe Biden is as incompetent as they come. Layoff Sarah Palin, she's not in office, Joe Biden is!!!!

      May 27, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • ironman

      not weeeee put this moron in office i did not vote this moron i am not going to vote for this moron again

      May 27, 2010 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. demmie

    just b/c you SAY it doesnt make is so, Mr. Prez. You've been absent for over 30 days and now that somethign seems to be working, you take responsibility for the success?! Amazing.

    May 27, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gary

      Guessing that 44 will show up in Louisiana torromow, if this procedure is successful, and tell the nation, excuse me the whole world, that the fear of his showing up down there made BP hustle up and get the leak stopped before he arrived. What a narcissist 44 is!

      May 27, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Michael

    Obama threw the book at big oil, quite justifiably. We will now see if the price of oil goes up in response to preceived future scarcity – like it did in 07 and 08. If it does bubble, the bubble will pop, which may lead to a double dip as speculators sell other assets to cover their positions. I believe this was the first push of the domino in 08, especially if someone starts talking about regulating the futures market (unless this happens as part of financial regulatory reform).

    May 27, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ramsey

      Gas prices are going up anyway in a few weeks. Forecasters are predicting one of the strongest hurricane seasons on record and we all know what that does to the oil refineries on the coast.

      I just hope that the hurricanes don't carry the oil and all the poisonous dispersants throughout the rest of the Southeast.

      May 27, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      If Edgar Cayce was right, there won't be a southeast after 2012 anyway. Of course, that was a pre-2000 prediction, so I doubt it will happen. Hopefully the spill will catch the Gulf Stream rather than slink up the east coast – sending it to Britian with our love.

      May 27, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Defender

    Everybody is talking about the economy impact, but very little is said about the marine life and all other species that are currently dead because of this spill. The gulf will never be same. Ever. It will take centuries (if ever) to restore that ecosystem. This is a mjor catastrophy. What I don't know is why BP waited 27 days to perform this so called Top Kill procedure. It should have been done in days not weeks or months.Shame on BP. I would never ever use BP gasoline. They better change their name, because we should all do the same and take them out of business.

    May 27, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Holly

      They had to have the Top Kill manifold they are using to pump the heavy mud in competely engineered and built from scratch. Something like that usualy take nearly a year to do, not the weeks it was actually done in.

      May 27, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • well said

      Boycott BP!

      May 27, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Elizabeth

      Not using BP gas is not going to effect BPs bottom line. You would have to boycott every product BP contributes to from asphalt to toothbrushs and soft drink cans. You could drive yourself mad trying to wrap your head around everything BP touches. The best thing to do is demand that BP be held responsible for the mess on all levels and hope for a future of cleaner energy sources.

      May 27, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      Holly, Why didn't they have a top kill manifold ready to go in case of an emergency? That was plain cost cutting measures and due to 8 years of lax rules. Hopefully that will all change. BP is trying to blame the government for allowing them to do what they did.

      May 27, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
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