The fragile economy and environment of the south-eastern US coast will take years to recover from the worst oil spill in US history, US officials said on Monday, as President Barack Obama bared a spot of raw emotion over the disaster. In an interview to air on NBC television on Tuesday, Mr Obama followed criticism that his talk was not tough enough by saying he spoke with fishermen and experts on the catastrophic spill not for academic reasons, but "so I know whose ass to kick". Though Mr Obama has been to the Gulf three times since the April 20 rig explosion, some critics charge he has been slow to lead. But the President insisted that on his first visit a month ago he warned "about what a potential crisis this could be", according to excerpts aired on US television on Monday.
Obama looking for 'whose ass to kick'
Obama looking for 'whose ass to kick' - lacarotte.info
Stephen Collinson 08 Jun Although Obama has travelled to the Gulf three times since the April 20 rig explosion, some critics charge he has been slow to lead and not tough enough. As BP increased the amount of oil it is capturing from a ruptured well to nearly half-a-million gallons of crude a day, the US administration pressured the British energy giant to step up compensation payouts to residents whose livelihoods have been shattered. His assessment was echoed by his point man on the spill, Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen, who said that while the clean-up would take months, it would take years to restore environments and habitats. But Allen said it remained unclear just how much oil was escaping from the ruptured wellhead, and what proportion of the escaping crude was being captured since the blast that ripped through the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil drilling platform. And the firm is looking at hurricane-resistant methods for siphoning up oil in the event that a major storm strikes before relief wells are due to be completed in mid-August, officials said.
Barack Obama finding out 'whose ass to kick' over oil spill
As profanity goes, it is pretty mild. Defending his response to the crisis and his consultation of prominent scientists in an effort to better formulate a process to stop the spill and minimize its damage, the President explained:. A month ago I was meeting with fishermen down there, standing in the rain talking about what a potential crisis this could be. Contrasting the Deepwater Horizon disaster to the Exxon Valdez oil spill off the coast of Alaska, which occurred in the spring of during the administration of President George H.
By Post Staff Report. A new poll released Monday showed more than two-thirds of Americans rate the U. The Obama administration has been criticized for not stepping in during attempts to cap the well and instead putting its faith in BP. Coast Guard Adm.