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Obama says government, not BP in charge of Gulf oil spill response

5:19 PM, May 27, 2010   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says the government is in charge of the response to the Gulf oil spill, not the oil company BP.

Obama says all steps BP takes to end the huge spill must be approved in advance by the government. Obama says his administration will do whatever is needed to protect and restore the Gulf Coast from this "unprecedented disaster."

At a White House news conference Thursday, Obama also said the federal government needs to look at getting the technology that would allow it to work at the bottom of the sea to plug oil leaks like the Gulf of Mexico spill.

Obama says right now only BP and other oil companies have that technology -- and that's why the White House has to rely on BP to try to fix the disaster.

He's also defending his administration's actions, saying he's confident that people will look back and say the administration was on top of what he called an "unprecedented crisis."

Asked about the comparisons with the Bush administration's response to Hurricane Katrina, Obama says he'll leave that to others and spend his time thinking about how to solve the problem.

 

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