Tuesday evening President Barack Obama address the American people to tell that the federal government is in control. The president in the address reaffirmed that the government will make BP pay for the damages. Obama calls BP reckless for the conditions led up to the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico back on April 20th.
“We will fight this spill with everything we’ve got for as long it takes,” declared Obama, whose own presidency has been stumbling because of the gushing oil. A new Associated Press-GfK poll even indicates as many Americans disapprove of his handling of the crisis — 52 percent — as felt that way about President George W. Bush’s handling of the Katrina aftermath.
The President did give details. He did name former Mississippi Governor Ray Mabus as the head of Gulf Restoration Plan which paid for by for by BP. The President will create an independent commission to take over the compensation from BP. Critics say the move violates the US constitution.
Obama has announce that former Justice Department inspector general Michael Bromwich will become the new head of the Minerals and Department at the Department of Energy. The president said Bromwich will oversee the oil industry.Obama said Bromwich will be “the oil industry’s watchdog, not its partner.” The president said new regulations will including stronger drilling safety standards.
The president’s speech comes nearly two month since the explosion and subsequent oil spill washing up on marshes, beaches from Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. The government response has angered residents, and politicians alike.
Said one spray-painted sign along the president’s Florida motorcade route earlier in the day, as Obama capped a two-day inspection tour of the region: “Obama you are useless.”
Alabama restaurant owner Regina Shipp, of Orange Shoals find no comfort in the president words as tourist stay away because of the oil spill.”He said he’s going to make BP pay. Can he? Can he?” said Shipp, standing amid a sea of empty tables at Shipp’s Harbour Grill, which she owns with her husband, chef Matt Shipp.
The president speech was not well recieved the president supporters at MSNBC Keith Obermann, Chris Matthews and Washington Post columnist Howard Fineman was not impressed.