"Throughout this whole thing, I feel — and a lot of those people feel down here — that BP was dictating [to] the United States government what to do," he said. "BP dictated [to] the FAA who could fly over the site. BP dictated to the Coast Guard and Thad Allen which boats can come and go. And BP dictated [to] the EPA — the EPA sent a letter to BP saying we have serious concerns about your dispersant, Corexit. They sent back [one] saying, we're going to use it anyway. So BP's been running things."
They have video of the whole thing so you can watch. And Carol E. Lee (Politico) reports:
Obama’s view, however, is at odds with a Gallup poll Tuesday that a majority of those surveyed disapprove of his performance as president. With the economy topping voters’ concerns — and midterm elections less than three months away — only 42 percent of Americans think Obama is doing a good job, according to the poll.
The latest poll results mark the first time Obama's numbers have fallen that far in the Gallup daily tracking. But that hasn’t stopped Democrats like Sen. Patty Murray of Washington who was happy to embrace him. Obama’s approval rating in the state has dropped since he took office, but it still hovers around 50 percent.
“We cannot take a single vote for granted this year,” Murray said in her introduction of Obama. “All of the change we have worked so hard for is on the line.”
By Wednesday, Obama will have appeared at six fundraisers so far this week. On Tuesday, he was expected to raise $1.3 million for Murray’s campaign and the state Democratic Party. After the Westin event, he spoke at a fundraiser at the Seattle home of RealNetworks founder Rob Glaser.He keeps raising money. Even as people keep saying they're not pleased with his performance. So what's going on there? (I'm not pleased.) (Where's my bailout! is the cry of Middle Class, the working class, the working poor and poverty America. We got no bailout.)
That's it. We're doing short posts tonight (I think). There's one lengthy post and we're all trying to make sure everyone checks it out tonight (and will all link to it tomorrow night).
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"