'This Week' Transcript: Allen, Kerry and Cornyn

You know, I think BP would be much better served if they had, for example, a daily briefing. If they had a daily briefing where they stood, they said here's what we've done today, here's what we're going to do tomorrow, here is the response that we've made, if they actually were responding here. But the notion that they're spending an awfully lot of money worrying about their own image when people are suffering, when livelihood is being lost, does exactly the opposite, and I think it's pretty hard to defend.

TAPPER: Markos, I want to ask you about the president's emotion. Here is one of President Obama's biggest supporters in the celebrity community, Spike Lee, on CNN on Wednesday.

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SPIKE LEE, FILMMAKER: He's very calm, cool, collected. But one time go off, and if there's any one time to go off.

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TAPPER: And here's President Obama the next night on CNN.

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OBAMA: I would love to just spend a lot of my time venting and yelling at people, but that's not the job I was hired to do. My job is to solve this problem, and ultimately this isn't about me and how angry I am.

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TAPPER: You and I were talking about this. A few days ago, you would have dismissed this emotional criticism that he's not being demonstrative enough. But you're not so sure anymore.

MARKOS MOULITSAS, FOUNDER, DAILY KOS: Well to a certain degree. I mean I don't think there's any doubt that the polling is slipping for Obama. People are angry. I don't know if it's about him not showing an emotion. But I think people are really worried that BP, yet another corporation, is going to get away with pillaging and destroying a valued and beloved part of America.

I mean, we spent the last two years talking about -- listening to conservatives talk about how Obama is a communist because he wants too much regulation, and they've been talking about drill, baby, drill. And I think the people are realizing that maybe drill, baby, drill is not such a good idea.

Maybe they're realizing that regulation is OK in a situation where the government is protecting the American people from corporations like BP or banks on Wall Street.

TAPPER: Arianna, do you think the Obama administration has been too close to BP in this whole situation?

ARIANNA HUFFINGTON, FOUNDER, THE HUFFINGTON POST: Well, definitely at the beginning. They listened to BP, they bought what BP was saying, and it turned out it wasn't accurate. And BP consistently underestimated the severity of the problem, the progress that they were making, and even now we have -- on your show -- we have Admiral Allen saying that he trusts BP.

Well, I don't know why he continues to trust BP and why he continues to trust Tony Hayward. This is not just the first time that BP has been in trouble and caused trouble. After all, it has had over 700 egregious violations before this spill.

So this is really part of the problem of our whole regulatory system which was dismantled during the Bush-Cheney years, and Obama did not fast enough turn things around.

TAPPER: Well, that's --

WILL: Well, if the president --

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CHENEY: You know, it's not actually true that it was dismantled, and there's a very interesting piece this morning in the New York Times about exactly what happened in terms of what exceptions were granted for this BP well and when they were granted which turns out to be during the Obama Administration.

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