WASHINGTON (AP) --
Fresh from publicly admonishing BP over its massive Gulf oil spill, President Barack Obama now gets his moment with the company's leaders. It will be on his turf and on his
Tuesday night Obama declared: "We will make BP pay for the
damage their company has caused." He spoke to the nation for the
first time from the Oval Office, which is a venue often reserved
for matters of war. That is how Obama now describes the oil
disaster, a "siege" on the shores of America.
Obama's showdown at the White House on Wednesday with BP
executives will be his first direct encounter with them since the
spill began off the Louisiana coast nearly 60 days ago. BP's
beleaguered chief executive, Tony Hayward, is expected to be among
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