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June 1st, 2010
10:28 AM ET

Gergen: Mr. President, take command

David Gergen
CNN Senior Political Analyst

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Enough is enough! After the latest failure by BP to plug the gaping hole, it is time for President Obama to take full command of this growing national catastrophe. Immediately!

The president in his press conference this past Thursday assured the nation that he and his administration were already in charge and he has manfully taken personal responsibility - "the buck stops here," he said, echoing Harry Truman. Well, it may be true that BP has been acting all along under the oversight of the federal government, but that supervision has been loose and ineffective.

To the world, it has been apparent that the government has been riding shotgun and BP has been at the wheel. It's time for the White House to get in the driver's seat and get us to safety - fast.

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  1. Liz Carter in Georgia

    James Carville, many others, and the media kept telling PRESIDENT OBAMA to keep his HEEL ON THE NECK OF BP; and THAT'S what he did! When their solutions failed and probably will continue to fail, you jump right back on OBAMA as if it's his fault! GREED IS THE REASON FOR THE OIL SPILL, PERIOD! AFTER ALL OF THE FINGER POINTING AND EVADING THE TRUTH, IT BOILS DOWN TO THE GREEDY BEING AT FAULT! NOT OBAMA! WILL YOU DEMONS STOP TWISTING AND SPINNING EVERYTHING TO PUT BLAME ON PRES OBAMA FOR EVERY DAMN THING!!??

    June 1, 2010 at 12:06 pm |