Huffington Post editor Roy Sekoff appeared on "The Ed Show" Thursday to weigh in on the federal response to the BP oil spill.
For Sekoff, President Obama's remarks Thursday were too dispassionate and lacked urgency.
"I hate to say it, but I think he's giving cool confidence a bad name... We've got to really have a two-fisted approach to this," Sekoff said. "Instead, you know Obama's approach to almost everything, whether it's been health care or the financial reform, has been 'Don't worry, I got it. It's under control.' But what do we see? We see the split camera and we have the 'gush-cam' pouring out... saying to the American people, 'No it's not handled. It's not OK.'"
Pivoting from the environment in the gulf to the political environment in Washington, Ed Schultz asked Sekoff how politics were impacting the response.
Sekoff told Schultz that just like the other fights in Congress, he believes corporate influence has given companies -- not people -- the upper hand.
"You could just take the words 'BP' and stick it where 'Wall Street' was, and it's the same conversation we've been having for the last year. And it's the moneyed interests, it's the corporate interests that are running our Congress... until we fix that, we're going to have the same problems again and again and again."
Sekoff said that the BP disaster is just another reason why we need campaign finance reform.
"You look at what happened with health care... you know what happened with reforming Wall Street and then you look at this disaster, and you've got to say to yourself 'What is going on?' We need the mother of all reforms, which is financial reform when it comes to financing our elections."
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