“The American people should know that from the moment this disaster began, the federal government has been in charge of the response effort,” Obama said. He was reacting to criticism that his administration has been slow to act and has left BP in charge of plugging the leak.
Obama said many critics failed to realize “this has been our highest priority.”
“My job right now is just to make sure everybody in the Gulf understands: This is what I wake up to in the morning, and this is what I go to bed at night thinking about. The spill.”
Duke Day, earlier in the Rose Garden:
The team presented Mr. Obama with a framed Duke jersey.
“You know Reggie is going to make me hang this in the Oval Office. Take down Lincoln or something.”
But did you plug the hole yet, Daddy?