Thursday, May 27, 2010

Oil Spill: Obama Takes Responsibility for Solutions Jam, Yes, But He Said A Lot More

I listened to President Barack Obama's press conference today at which reporters bombarded him with questions about the BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The first sound bite video CNN posted was of Obama saying he takes responsibility for how the oil spill has been handled by the administration. As I said in my post yesterday, "Streaming Top Kill Video to Screaming Pundits," the president is under fire.

However, in my post at the New Orleans Literature Examiner asking for poems on the oil spill, it's clear the president said more than just "I take responsibility."

Here is the beginning of a partial transcript of today's press conference:
Before I take your questions, I want to update the American people on the status of the BP oil spill, a catastrophe that is causing tremendous hardship in the Gulf Coast, damaging a precious ecosystem, and one that led to the death of 11 workers who lost their lives in the initial explosion.

Yesterday the federal government gave BP approval to move forward with a procedure known as a top kill, to try to stop the leak. This involves plugging the well with densely packed mud to prevent any more oil from escaping. And given the complexity of this procedure and the depth of the leak, this procedure offers no guarantee of success; but we're exploring any reasonable strategies to try and save the Gulf from a spill that may otherwise last until the relief wells are finished, and that's a process that could take months.
Read nearly a full transcript at Chicago Sun Times.

On one question about comparisons between his handling of oil spill and George W. Bush's handling of Hurricane Katrina, President Obama responded that he'll leave it to reporters to make those comparisons.

You can follow the administration's take on the oil spill at


Shanel said...

i missed this press conference today so I'll use the links on your post to get an update on what's going on... he seems to say all the right things... I wonder what Fox and CNN thought of how he handled the press conference.

Kit (Keep It Trill) said...

I had an "oh no" feeling when I heard him say this, even though in context it sounded better.

Vérité Parlant said...

Hi, Shanel and Kit. It's a lot to follow, isn't it?

Yeah, Kit. It's a sound bite than can be misused. But I guess he had to say it.