June 17th, 2010
09:16 AM ET

Letter to the President #514: 'OK. I give up... at least for now'

Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

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Reporter's Note: President Obama met with officials from BP to discuss the oil spill. I met with a guy from my cell phone server to discuss a problem with my phone. Want to bet who gets some clear answers sooner?

Dear Mr. President,

Have you followed any of the World Cup action amid all of your headaches in recent weeks? If so, perhaps you’ve picked up an extra throbbing in the temples courtesy of those silly plastic horns the fans in South Africa blow incessantly during the games. I haven’t heard so much annoying whining since the last time I watched The View.

The problem is not so much the noise itself, although it is far from pleasant, but rather from the water-torture-like relentlessness of it; the pounding, buzzing, enervating drone that rises and falls as if a massive swarm of irradiated hornets have infested the stadium. The blue team scores! Drone. The red team counters! Drone. Yellow card! Drone. Red card! Drone. Nothing! Drone. It’s like dinner with some crazy old uncle who has fixated on fluoride in the water as a form of conspiracy.

All of this, interestingly and sadly enough, seems to be about the same effect many of us are getting from all the oil spill news now. After weeks of growing outrage and demands for real action, I felt myself lapsing into a kind of news-coma as I tried to follow the results of your meeting with the BP bosses; or the CES’s as I like to call them… Chief Executive Spillers. “We’re going to demand accountability.” Drone. “We’ll make them pay.” Drone. “What is the flow rate? Not sure.” Drone.


June 17th, 2010
08:58 AM ET

BP 'working around the clock,' but cannot guarantee outcome, CEO says

CNN Wire Staff

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Eight weeks after an explosion uncorked a massive oil spill into the Gulf, BP does not know whether its efforts to stanch the flow will soon succeed, its CEO plans to testify Thursday.

"We cannot guarantee the outcome of these operations, but we are working around the clock with the best experts from government and industry," Tony Hayward says in prepared testimony to be delivered before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

"The explosion and fire aboard the Deepwater Horizon and the resulting oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico never should have happened - and I am deeply sorry that they did," he says.

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Filed under: Gulf Oil Spill • T1
June 17th, 2010
01:20 AM ET

Sound Off: Your comments 6/16/10

Editor's Note: After Wednesday's show feedback was still overwhelmingly about the oil disaster. There were mixed feelings that Anderson made a big deal about Carl-Henric Svanberg, chairman of BP, saying that the people of New Orleans were “small” as English is not his first language and he did apologize for it.

Keep up the work and pressure. I feel the only people that have a real understanding of what is going on and how to fix the problem are the ones you are talking to in La. Our state and local governments can function. The federal government is dysfunctional.

Good job Anderson Cooper. Why should small people have to clean the whole mess? BP should send his own small people from England to do the job plus they have to pay people from the coast who lost so much money.

Regarding your comments on the BP Chairman's misuse of "small" people. Yes, he misspoke. English not being his native tongue, those things happen. No excuse, however, for you going on and on making a point that there is nothing "small" about the people in the Gulf. Please just knock that stuff off! Give the news, spare us the commentary!


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