Huffington Post editor Roy Sekoff appeared on "The Ed Show" Tuesday to follow up on President Obama's response to the ecological disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.
Obama has been talking tougher since Sekoff and Ed Schultz last assessed the federal response to the BP oil spill, and both men complimented him on his increased use of the bully pulpit. But they both also criticized him for not going further.
Schultz expressed particular bewilderment that Obama said Tuesday he hadn't talked with BP CEO Tony Hayward himself. This was evidence, Sekoff said, that the President is "still not connecting the dots."
"I was glad to hear him say he was looking to kick some ass, but it was interesting that he said that he needed some experts to tell him whose ass to kick. I think there's about 300 million people who'd show them a big red bull's-eye right on the backside of BP, and Tony Hayward," Sekoff said. "We've had all these teachable moments ... whether it was the meltdown, or the mining explosion, or the BP disaster, and there's a recurring lesson here, and it's that special interests are dominating the public interests."
Sekoff went on to say that Obama needs to lay out an overarching vision for reform of unregulated corporate interests, a countervailing response to President Reagan's infamous declaration that "government is the problem."
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