“Whatever It Takes”

America’s president pledged “everything we’ve got” to solve the Gulf oil crisis. It’s the ninth emergency he’s addressed that way since coming to office! Why are the nation’s problems piling up so quickly? 

Bad timing. On June 15, just hours before President Barack Obama addressed the American people about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, one of BP’s tankers was struck by lightning and had to temporarily suspend its siphoning operations.

It was yet another setback for a cleanup effort that has been almost as disastrous as the spill itself. “From the beginning,” the New York Times wrote, “the effort has been bedeviled by a lack of preparation, organization, urgency and clear lines of authority among federal, state and local officials, as well as BP” (June 14).

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