One of the presidential helicopters flies over southern Louisiana as President Barack Obama returns to New Orleans during a Gulf Coast visit on May 28.
President Barack Obama may not yet be able to contain the mess that the Gulf of Mexico oil spill has become, but he’s ordering an investigation into the cause of the disaster, he announced Tuesday, and he’s charged two men with the task of heading it up. —KA
The New York Times:
“We have an obligation to determine what went wrong,” Mr. Obama said, appearing in the Rose Garden after meeting with the two men he has appointed to lead an inquiry into the cause of the spill, former Senator Bob Graham of Florida and William K. Reilly, a former Environmental Protection Agency administrator.
“If laws were broken, leading to death and destruction,” Mr. Obama said, “my solemn pledge is, we will bring those responsible to justice.”
Mr. Obama’s heightened rhetoric reflected deepening frustration within the administration at the inability of BP to stop the spill, along with wide concern that the government and Mr. Obama are appearing increasingly impotent as oil laps at the Louisiana shoreline with no end in near sight.