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Obama to aides: ‘Plug the damn hole’

Eric Zimmermann
The Hill [1]
May 26, 2010

As critics question whether the White House is being tough enough with BP, Obama is reportedly showing his frustration [2] behind closed doors. The Washington Post reported:

Since the oil rig exploded, the White House has tried to project a posture that is unflappable and in command.

But to those tasked with keeping the president apprised of the disaster, Obama’s clenched jaw is becoming an increasingly familiar sight. During one of those sessions in the Oval Office the first week after the spill, a president who rarely vents his frustration cut his aides short, according to one who was there.

“Plug the damn hole,” Obama told them.

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