An Update on the Oil Leak From President Obama
Matt | On 28, May 2010
There’s been A LOT of chatter in the media, blogs, and on the streets about this BP disaster with the oil in the Gulf of Mexico. People have been wondering who in the hell is in charge … BP, the federal government, or have the people of the Gulf Coast been left to fend for themselves?
Well, President Obama finally stepped up and addressed the crisis directly in his first press conference in months. You can watch it in its hour-long entirety by clicking the video above.
Some highlights include:
- Obama insisting that the leak is BP’s fault, though the federal government is overseeing the cleanup and response efforts. BP will provide some resources to ensure that this happens. In short, BP answers to the government, not the other way around. The U.S. government is and will be holding BP fully accountable for the crisis.
- He reiterated that there is a six-month moratorium on new permits for deep-water drilling. They will also halt drilling on 33 deep-water wells that were already started before the tragedy occurred. Sites in Alaska and off the coast of Virginia that were to be explored fall under the moratorium, too.
- The Small Business Administration (and BP) would be helping people and businesses get back on their feet after the leak. Loans and assistance will be available to those affected.
It’s about time Obama himself got out in front of this crisis. I really didn’t doubt that he was in the loop, but in this media-obsessed culture, talk is mostly futile. People need to see, feel, and hear you responding and show you’re on top of it .. of course, so they can beat you up even more about it. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.
Obama headed to the Gulf Coast to take a personal tour of the area on Friday morning.