Obama to address the nation on BP oil spill
By Anne E. Kornblut
President Obama will give an address to the nation on the BP oil spill this week, delivering remarks Tuesday night at the end of a two-day trip to the Gulf region.
Obama will map out the government's next steps upon returning to the White House, senior adviser David Axelrod said on NBC's Meet the Press. He is expected to announce plans for requiring BP to create an escrow account holding billions of dollars to be used for compensating victims. "We want to make sure that money is escrowed for the legitimate claims," Axelrod said.
Asked about a recent Washington Post/ABC News poll showing public dissatisfaction with the federal response to the oil spill, now nearly two months old, Axelrod said it cannot be compared to a single-moment event such as a hurricane. "This is an ongoing crisis, much like an epidemic," he said.
Obama is making his fourth trip to the Gulf on Monday, visiting Florida, Mississippi and Alabama and, for the first time since the oil rig exploded and sank, making it an overnight trip.
Washington Post Editors
June 13, 2010; 10:54 AM ET
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