WASHINGTON – President Obama, in a stark and striking comparison, said the devastating impact of the BP disaster on the national psyche “echoes 9/11.”
The endlessly spewing oil rig off the Gulf Coast – like the terror attacks of 2001 – will influence the nation’s future long after the crisis passes, the President said in a provocative Oval Office interview with Politico.
The interview, conducted Friday, was released Sunday – and sparked an instant debate among some 9/11 family members.
“I think he’s off-base,” said ex-FDNY Deputy Chief Jim Riches, whose son died at the World Trade Center. “These were terrorist attacks, these 9/11 murders, not something caused by people trying to make money.”