President Barack Obama returned from his latest visit to the oil-hit Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico, determined to spell out his administration’s response to the unfolding environmental and economic disaster.
In a televised address to the nation from the Oval Office, reflecting the gravity of the situation, he sought to show he is on top of the crisis which has been overshadowing his presidency.
“The millions of gallons of oil that have spilled into the Gulf of Mexico are more like an epidemic,” said President Obama. “One that we will be fighting for months and even years. But make no mistake – we will fight this spill with everything we’ve got for as long as it takes. We will make BP pay for the damage that the company has caused.”
He continued: “The tragedy unfolding on our coast is the most painful and the powerful reminder yet that time to embrace the clean energy future is now. Now is the moment for this generation to embark on a national mission to unleash America’s innovation and to seize control of our own destiny.”