'I think it's fair to say, if six months ago, before this spill had happened, I had gone up to Congress and I had said, 'We need to crack down a lot harder on oil companies. And we need to spend more money on technology in case of a response -- to respond in case of a catastrophic spill.' There are folks up there, who will not be named, who would have said, 'This is classic, big-government over-regulation and wasteful spending.' And so, as we come of out of this, the main thing that's important to understand is, is that there are a lot of things government should do, a lot of things government can do, but there are some things that government has to do. And one of those things is provide effective oversight and regulation to big companies that can do tremendous damage to a lot of people if they don't do things in the right way.'
So, America, the next time you wish to place blame for the oil spill at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, think about this comment.