Obama Notes That ‘Six Months Ago,’ Few Really Wanted Him to ‘Spend Money in Case of a Catastrophic Oil Spill’

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In a candid, if defensive interview with Politico, President Obama pointed out that it's easy for members of Congress to point fingers now, but perhaps they weren't exactly triple-checking the BP oil rigs a few months ago, either:


"I think it’s fair to say, if six months ago, before this spill had happened, I had gone up to Congress and I had said we need to crack down a lot harder on oil companies and we need to spend more money on technology to respond in case of a catastrophic spill, there are folks up there, who will not be named, who would have said this is classic, big-government overregulation and wasteful spending.”

He also alluded to the endlessly hollering Tea Party, pointing out that those guys kind of conveniently restructured their message after the oil spill, too:


"Some of the same people who are saying the president needs to show leadership and solve this problem are some of the same folks who, just a few months ago, were saying this guy is trying to engineer a takeover of our society through the federal government that is going to restrict our freedoms.”

'Obama to Politico: Some in Congress hypocritical on spill' [Politico]