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June 2nd, 2010
07:00 AM ET

Gulf oil spill likened to Iran hostage crisis

(CNN) – BP's handling of the Gulf oil spill has been sharply criticized by members of Congress, officials in the Gulf states and the Obama administration, which announced Tuesday that a criminal investigation of the spill was under way. In addition, federal officials will no longer hold joint news briefings with the company, the administration said.

The criminal investigation is just one example of how tensions between the White House and BP have reached a breaking point. Aides say President Obama is enraged by the failure to stop the oil spill. 44 days into this disaster, critics say this crisis is less like the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and more like the Iran hostage crisis. Our Jim Acosta has the report.

Filed under: Gulf Oil Spill • Politics
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. jmark jimenez

    they should tag all them birds so they know if they are cleaning them a second time around and if they are found dead to track how long they survived after the spill.

    June 3, 2010 at 11:38 pm |
  2. Amy L

    I am outraged by the oil spill in the Gulf and the complete arrogance of BP. Not only has BP created the tragic situation there, but they seem to refuse any help or advice from the 17 countries who offered it, or the many U.S. research scientists and university professors who are ready to help. They also refuse to acknowledge the seriousness of the illnesses contracted by workers from the vapors of dispersants and oil, and have the unmitigated gall to claim these illnesses are not caused by those fumes. So where is Obama in all of this??? If he is so "enraged" as his aides claim, why isn't he taking action to stop BP in its tracks and allow those 17 countries, professors and scientists to try to come up with a solution??? I want to see outrage from our President, and I want to see him doing everything in his power to save the livelihoods of the people in the Gulf and to save the wildlife and habitats there. Come on, Obama, show the people of America that you will not tolerate what is going on. Throw BP out of the picture and exhaust all resources available to find a solution. I voted for you in 2008...give me a reason to vote Obama in 2012!!!!!!

    June 2, 2010 at 9:55 pm |
  3. Marc Kuklinski

    I think a better analogy for the BP Crisis would be that of the Challenger disaster. Insufficient project oversite plus pressure from those above with limited understanding of the technology involved equals a disaster.

    The Challenger disaster has been used as a case study in many discussions of engineering safety and workplace ethics. I think that the BP Deep Water Horizon environmental disaster will add new dimensions to these discussions.

    What people seem to remember is the effects of the "blame game" on the presidential administration and forget about the man made cause of the disasters.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:41 am |
  4. Stephanie

    CNN is becoming with the facts and quit trying to frame people's opinions. DO YOUR JOB which is to be objective and to report FACTS on all sides of the argument and maybe your ratings will improve

    June 2, 2010 at 10:33 am |