President Obama's in the unenviable position of being "in charge" of dealing with the Gulf oil gusher, while not having control of the situation. His Oval Office address to the nation last night got mixed reviews: some saw it as a strong message for BP accountability and a clean energy future, some saw it as lacking in details and punch.
Time will tell if, in the next "weeks and days," the geniuses at BP are able to reduce the flow up to 90 percent, as they've apparently told the President. Everything they've said to date has been at best self-serving, and at worst a downright lie. One move on BP's part that would show good faith is to pull all of the feel-good TV and print ads, that cost an estimated $50 million, and use the money for cleanup and environmental mitigation. We're not holding our breath.