Submitted By Todd on July 5th at 9:56pm
Ken Feinberg has been given the job of dolling out payments to those impacted by the Gulf Oil spill from the $20 billion account being set up by BP. For some reason, Feinberg understands the challenges better than the president does.
FEINBERG: I've taken on this job. I've been down in the gulf numerous times. You cannot do this job from Washington. I've been in all of those states down there. And I hope to transition from the B.P. program within a matter of weeks, not months.The president, meanwhile, played golf before celebrating Independence Day with military families at the White House.
The U.S. Marine Band entertained the crowd, who feasted on hot dogs, hamburgers, fried chicken, and corn on the cob. Children on hand played with hula hoops and balls and had their faces painted.It is the president's eighth golf outing since the BP blowout occurred in April, an event he recently likened to September 11th. The president's focus on golf is barely noticed by the media, yet the CEO of BP was excoriated for attended a sailing event.
Sounding reflective as he heads into a bruising electoral season, President Barack Obama told POLITICO columnist Roger Simon that the Gulf disaster “echoes 9/11” because it will change the nation’s psyche for years to come.