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Obama: Spill a 'Wakeup Call'

Is President Obama finally taking control of the Gulf disaster, or is it too little, too late? "I take responsibility," he announced at a press conference on Friday. Obama called the leak an “unprecedented disaster,” and said “As far as I’m concerned, BP is responsible for this disaster.” He vigorously denied that his administration has sat on its hands, saying that the leak has been his “highest priority since this crisis occurred” and that those who say otherwise “don’t know the facts." While admitting that he "was wrong" to trust BP's preparedness, Obama insisted that only BP has the technology to close off the leaking well. He also called for transition to a clean-energy economy, saying “If nothing else this disaster should serve as a wakeup call that it’s time to move forward on [energy] legislation.”