If there's any lesson to be learned, it is that the BP oil spill is not a thing of the past -- it's very much an ongoing tragedy that, as prior massive oil spills have taught us well, will continue for many years to come.
When the rantings of his minister, Rev Wright, threatened his presidential campaign, candidate Barack Obama delivered one of the most stirring speeches in American political history. The Gulf spill now provides a repeat opportunity.
The BP disaster is the oil company's responsibility -- and it is Barack Obama's moment. There is no better time and place to unequivocally assert the President's voice than now in the Gulf with a BP summit.