Obama And Oil Drilling: How Politics Spilled Into Policy

12/13/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Michael Leahy and Juliet Eilperin washingtonpost.com

In early April, fresh from announcing his decision to allow drilling in previously protected waters, an upbeat President Obama traveled to a battery factory in North Carolina. The day's topic was the economy, but a concerned questioner rose after the speech to ask about the thinking behind his new drilling decree.

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