Here is the Obama oil spill press conference video from Thurs, May 27, 2010. President Barack Obama’ speech at a news conference at the White House East Room will address the crisis in the Gulf of Mexico resulting from the BP oil spill. He will then answer questions from White House press corps reporters. The speech time is 12:45 p.m. ET — watch live stream video embedded below. Thereafter check back for full video and transcript text.
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Near the end of the hour-long press conference, the President took responsibility for the oil spill, and spoke about how it was affecting him personally: He said:
“And so my job right now is just to make sure that everybody in the Gulf understands this is what I wake up to in the morning and this is what I go to bed at night thinking about — the spill. The — and it’s not just me, by the way. You know, when I woke up this morning, and I’m shaving, and Malia knocks on my bathroom door and she peeks in her head and she says, “Did you plug the hole yet, Daddy?” — (soft laughter) — because I think everybody understands that, you know, when we are fouling the Earth like this, it has concrete implications not just for this generation but for future generations.
“I grew up in Hawaii, where the ocean is sacred. And when you see birds flying around with — with oil all over their feathers and turtles dying and — you know, that’s — that doesn’t just speak to the immediate economic quences (sic) — consequences of this; this speaks to, you know, how are we caring for this incredible bounty that we have? […]
“So the thing that the American people need to understand is that not a day goes by where the federal government is not constantly thinking about, how do we make sure that we minimize the damage on this, we close this thing down, we review what happened, to make sure that it does not happen again? [….]
“In the meantime, my job is to get this fixed. And in case anybody wonders — in any of your reporting, in case you’re wondering who’s responsible, I take responsibility. It is my job to make sure that everything is done to shut this down.
“That doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy. It doesn’t mean it’s going to happen right away or the way I’d like it to happen. It doesn’t mean that we’re not going to make mistakes. But there shouldn’t be any confusion here. The federal government is fully engaged, and I’m fully engaged.”
Today’s complete itinerary can be seen here: President Obama official schedule and guidance, May 27, 2010.
For the latest news and updates on the ongoing environmental crisis in the Gulf of Mexico, impacting the coastlines of several states including Louisiana, Alabama, Florida and Mississippi, and the efforts to contain the oil leak, see:
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