WASHINGTON--President Obama delivers his first Oval Office address on Tuesday night, at 8 p.m. eastern time ( 7 p.m. Chicago time) as the BP oil spill continues, now in its ninth week. The speech is expected to last 15-20 minutes.
In the wake of the worse environmental disaster in the nation's history, Obama and his administration have been struggling to find ways to contain the gusher and clean up the mess. How Obama handles this may well define his presidency. My column previewing Obama's Oval Office address and an interview with presidential historian Douglas Brinkley is here.
BP chairman and chief executive Carl-Henric Svanberg and other BP officers are being hauled in the White House on Wednesday; on Thursday the House energy committee questions BP chief executive Tony Hayward. Patricia Murphy over at Politics Daily has the overview on Washington's response to the BP oil disaster here.