Obama Slams Oil Spill Blame Game as 'Ridiculous Spectacle'

President has tough talk about the Gulf spill
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 14, 2010 11:46 AM CDT
President Obama gestures during a news conference Wednesday.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – President Obama ripped into the companies involved in the Gulf oil spill today, deriding their finger-pointing before Congress as a "ridiculous spectacle." He also promised to end a cozy relationship that has existed between federal regulators and companies drilling offshore for oil and gas.

In Rose Garden comments, Obama said a lack of vigilant oversight contributed to the BP oil rig explosion. Federal regulators sometimes approved drilling plans based on the oil companies promising to use safe practices, he said. The rule from now on will be "trust but verify."

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