Obama Will Address Nation on Gulf Oil Disaster, to ‘Announce Several Steps’
June 13, 2010
(ChattahBox)—After President Obama’s two-day trip to the Gulf region, he will address the nation Tuesday night to inform the public on “several steps” that will be implemented to deal with the crisis. White House senior adviser David Axelrod, made the announcement on NBC’s Meet the Press this morning. President Obama “wants to to lay out the steps that we’re going to take from here to get through this crisis,” Axelrod told host David Gregory.
President Obama has come under constant criticism from all sides of the political spectrum, over his administrations’ seemingly disengaged response to the Gulf oil disaster. The media and Gulf residents have been pushing for the President to display more anger and and emotion over the carnage that BP has wrecked on the Gulf region. But across the pond, British politicians and business leaders are coming to the defense of BP, demanding that Obama back off from his criticism of the British-based multinational oil company, under fire for a a dismal safety record and a complete lack of a response plan for a deepwater oil spill. Britain is concerned for its dividend payments and pension plans tied to BP.
“When he returns, he’s going to address the nation from the White House,” Axelrod told moderator David Gregory. “We’re at a kind of inflection point in this saga, because we now know … what we can do and what we can’t do in terms of collecting oil, and what lies ahead in the next few months. And he wants to lay out the steps that we’re going to take from here to get through this crisis.”
On Wednesday, Obama will hold a White House meeting with BP Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg. It’s not known if the beleaguered BP CEO Tony Hayward will attend. During the meeting, Obama is expected to demand that BP set up an escrow fund to more effectively and quickly pay off the claims of struggling Gulf residents:
“He’s going to be very clear about what our expectations are in terms of taking care of the people who’ve been damaged by this crisis,” Axelrod said. “We want to make sure that money is escrowed for the legitimate claims that are going to be, and are being made, by businesses down in the Gulf — people who’ve been damaged by this.”
See Politico for more.
Photo Source: WH Flickr Photostream