Portraying the BP oil spill in warrior terms as a “siege” to be fought on the Gulf of Mexico, President Obama offered a general plan with few new specifics for the battle.
In his first Oval Office address, Obama detailed his administration’s response to the disaster, much of it already in place, and called for the passage of comprehensive energy legislation.
“Make no mistake:We will fight this spill with everything we’ve got for as long it takes,” Obama said. “We will make BP pay for the damage their company has caused.”
Much of the strategy Obama laid out is already known: An independent team of experts assessing the spill, a moratorium on offshore drilling, the reorganization of the Minerals Management Service and a national commission to study safety and environmental issues.
“We have to recognize that despite our best efforts, oil has already caused damage to our coastline and its wildlife,” Obama said. “And sadly, no matter how effective our response becomes, there will be more oil and more damage before this siege is done.”