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An obviously angry President Barack Obama, meeting with senior government officials, had one view on the 36-day old oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that is becoming a monumental disaster not only for the environment and his administration.
“Plug the damn hole,” he told the meeting. “Just get it done.”
The spill from a massive accident at a British Petroleum offshore oil platform, is becoming the Obama administration Katrina, a symbol of government inability to respond to a crisis.
While Obama’s frustration is understandable, his critics say the slow response to the oil spill showcases his lack of leadership and experience. Instead of stepping in to take control of efforts to cap the spill at the bottom of the Gulf, Obama has chosen to say “let BP handle it” when BP’s failures helped create the situation.
Meanwhile, officials from states along the Gulf Coast and Republicans in Congress demand more action and response from Obama.
“The American people expect better from the federal government, Missouri Republican Roy Blunt says in a statement released by his office. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says Obama is “dragging his feet” on the issue.