Obama on Spill: 'I Can't Suck It Up With a Straw'

President admits: 'my power is not limitless'
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 11, 2010 6:50 PM CDT

(Newser) – America and the world are expecting a lot from President Obama in the face of possibly the worst environmental disaster in US history, and some have even called it Obama's "Katrina". So it makes sense that Obama is looking to tamp down expectations, as he did during a meeting with Grand Isle, La., residents, reports the Washington Post. "Even though I'm president of the United States, my power is not limitless," he said. "So I can't dive down there and plug the hole. I can't suck it up with a straw."

"All I can do," Obama continued. "Is make sure that I put honest, hard-working smart people in place to implement this thing." His remarks begin shortly after the 3-minute mark in the video above.

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