ABC News’ Rick Klein reports: President Obama is employing a sharp new approach in his handling of the BP oil spill, with a choreographed series of events this week showing an administration that’s putting real distance between itself and the company responsible for the mess in the Gulf. It’s reflects an attempt by the White House to grab control of a sticky storyline – notwithstanding the president’s previous statements dismissing displays of anger and frustration as pointless.
On ABC/Washington Post’s “Top Line” today, Chris Cillizza told us that this is Obama doing things that don’t come naturally to him. “The president I think is uncomfortable doing these sorts of things,” Cillizza told us. “I’m not sure all of the strategy and all of the tactics that we see going on right now — they may matter at the margins, but as long as the pipe is leaking, I don’t think it changes the fundamental dynamic of what we’re looking at.” Watch the full discussion with Chris Cillizza, as part of our “Post Politics” segment, HERE.
We also checked in with ABC White House reporter Karen Travers on the president’s big week, including his decision to dedicate his first primetime Oval Office address to the subject of the BP spill. Watch that segment HERE.
(We had been scheduled to discuss immigration reformer with state Sen. Russell Pearce, R-Ariz., but Pearce was a no-show at the last moment. We hope to get him on “Top Line” soon.)