June 3rd, 2010
02:58 PM ET
8 years ago

Larry King interviews Obama: BP, immigration, and more

(CNN) - CNN's Larry King sat down with President Barack Obama Thursday for an interview airing at 9 p.m. ET.

The highlights:

- Obama said that Israel "has legitimate security concerns" in Gaza, but the Israeli blockade "is preventing people" from pursuing economic opportunities. This week's incident regarding the flotilla is a "tragic situation," he said. We need to "use [it] as an opportunity" to advance the Middle East peace process.

- Obama criticized Arizona's immigration law, warning that, among other things, it
could lead to "50 different laws in 50 different states." Border security is a federal concern.

- Obama said it would be a "wonderful story" if NBA star LeBron James stays in Cleveland, but he needs a team and coach "that he respects." James is a "wonderful young man" and an
"amazing talent," he said.

- Obama said he still supports off-shore oil drilling "if it can be done safely."

- Obama said that the situation in the Gulf of Mexico "is an unprecedented oil spill." But "it could have been even worse" if the federal government hadn't reacted quickly.

- Obama said that "BP caused this spill ... [and] they're responsible" for paying the costs. "My job is to make sure they're being held accountable," he said. But BP has the "best equipment" to stop the spill.

- Obama said he is "furious at this entire situation" in the Gulf of Mexico because "somebody didn't think through the consequences of their actions." Obama said he has not seen enough of a rapid response from BP.

- Obama said that the government was not extending a moratorium on deep-water oil drilling to shallow-water wells.

Read the full story here.

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soundoff (92 Responses)
  1. dennis

    If immigration is a federal problem then do something about it. It is illegal. Maybe i shoudl go to walmart and get a candy bar and eat it in wakmart and not pay for it, that would be illegal but hey we have illegals here and nothing is done about it. Are these people in the govt this STUPID--I think YES.

    June 3, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  2. former republican

    Well this all sounds fine and dandy....BUT!!! He needs to send someone down there to freaking babysit BP. I watch the Anderson Cooper story, and BP is NOT doing enough! If someone needs to be there to make sure that they are cleaning up this mess in the marsh, then so-be-it. If I were the most powerful person on earth, I would be using that power to do this. There are thousands of people out of work, and it doesn't take much education to clean! BP needs to be made to put them to work, and get 'er done!!

    June 3, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  3. Harry

    Obama still supporting off shore oil drilling is a big caveat for my support of his presidency. This is a die hard democrat here. I cannot in good faith support a man who still supports this kind of work after a disaster of this magnitude.

    June 3, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  4. Remember the Alamo

    Because of the non-action of one OBAMA our country is in a mess and getting worse every day that this man is allowed to stay in office. He and his wife are a disgrace to America. Did you see what Michele Moose was wearing when she got off Air Force One. Someon should tell her she does not represent the projects she represents America. OBAMA can't do anything about the oil spill for he hasn't a clue what to do. Nor does BP> We are in deep water in this exploration and may be the beginning of the end to America. When we have destroyed our food supply right along with our fuel supply because of enviromential reasons we can't go for the richest oil field on ground right here in America. I am talking about the mid-continent to Alaska. More oil is there than in the whole Middle East. It does not fly that we can't drill for these reasons but yet we can destroy our fishing coasts. RREMEMBER NOVEMBER AND VOTE THESE IMBELCILES OUT OF OFFICE.

    June 3, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  5. Enough

    Then the Federal government needs to do their job and secure our borders and handle the illegal situation................and it's not amnesty. Arizona is only trying to enforce the laws on the books, since the Obama administration has it's thumb in their mouth instead of doing their job.

    June 3, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  6. Brad

    It's easy to be critical of Arizona's immigration law when sitting in the cheap seats. Not so easy to make a decision at the federal level that would eliminate the need for "50 different laws in 50 different states". How about turning that high powered political machine on, and getting it engaged on the issue, instead of sitting back and letting the states that are going under trying to pay the costs of illegal immigration do all the heavy lifting! Get off the couch and get in the game Mr. President!!!

    June 3, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  7. JP

    Obama said, "Border security is a federal concern", if Obama was doing his job Arizona would not have had to do it for him. To Obama amnesty=voter registration=re election 2012. He doesn't care if 12 million illegals are made citizens and you the taxpayer have to pay for their health insurance as long as vote for him.

    June 3, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  8. Phillip

    Sorry left-wingers, Obama is too worried about wooing Lebron James to Chicago than worry about the Gulf spill.

    The left-wing hypocrisy is running thicker than the crude washing up on the beach.

    June 3, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  9. Monrob


    Mr. Bush, you prayed and prayed, but god did not want to be bothered by someone who sins and then prays.

    Go hunt Armadillos, God knows all you know how to do is kill!

    And tell Laura they over did it her face lift.

    June 3, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  10. John

    "it could have been even worse" if the federal government hadn't reacted quickly." Really? Because I am still waiting for a reaction other then finger pointing.

    June 3, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  11. Willie12345

    "Obama criticized Arizona's immigration law, warning that, among other things, it could lead to "50 different laws in 50 different states." Border security is a federal concern."

    And the federal government has done NOTHING to fix the problem, period !! I don't care if there are 50 laws as long as it stops the problem. Obama and Janet N have done nothing to make the situation better.

    Do something constructive for a change, Obama ....or you and your followers will begin disappearing from public office come Nov.

    June 3, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  12. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Professor Obama is exactly what we expected he'd be...cool, calm and composed. Gloria Borger is the only one from CNN that had it right lately. What difference does it make if he gets angry or not angry?

    June 3, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  13. phoenix86

    I wonder if Obama will ever grant an interview to a serious and objective reporter. I think not.

    June 3, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  14. Willy Brown

    Larry's pitching and Barry's hitting home runs. You got to love softball questions.

    June 3, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  15. Terry from West Texas

    I voted for Obama. He was not my first choice for President but I am happy with his performance so far. There are some issues that I wish he had dealt with in different ways, but whenever I think I'm disappointed in his Administration I think "disappointing in comparison to whom?" His heart is in the right place, like Carter's. I wish he had LBJ's ability to terrify Congress into action. I wish he had Harry Truman's boldness in dealing with Conservatives. I wish he had FDR's ability to unify the nation.

    But when I compare who we've got as President with Romney, McCain, Palin, McConnell, Boehner, or any of those obnoxious Conservative Congressional leaders, I am glad that he and not any of them is in the White House. Obama is certainly head and shoulders above Clinton, Bush Sr. Reagan, and Bush Jr. (in order of competence and intelligence).

    June 3, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  16. The Human Mind is a terrible thing to waste!

    People are amazingly hypocritical without even knowing it. People have a hard time leaving emotion out of constructive thoughts. People often react to politics just like fans react to sports figures. The power of the media has a major psychological edge, even so much that I am posting this comment in response to public ignorance. At least I have perspective and awareness.

    June 3, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  17. Rickster

    At $13 trillion, the federal debt has risen by $2.4 trillion in about 500 days since President Obama took office, or an average of $4.9 billion a day. That's almost three times the daily average of $1.7 billion under the previous administration.

    June 3, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  18. But He Would Be A Great Underwear Model

    What a joke. If anyone still has any lingering beliefs that Obama can handle the job of the presidency this should about finish them off. He is a walking "talking point" and little more. He has no clue how to govern or what the major issues are (now that he's pushed through the one issue he came to town with: free healthcare for the uninsured). Yesterday Spike Lee tells him "Go off, man!" over the BP oil spill and today, obligingly, he is furious now. Or maybe someone on his staff just put the cue on the teleprompter "".

    It takes more than a steely gaze and great oratory skills to make a president. It's only enough to make a Ted Baxter.

    June 3, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  19. thor

    For Obama to say that he hasn't seen a rapid response from BP takes a lot of gall.Just ask James Carville who lives in Louisana about how fast Obama reacted to this crisis.And it has taken almost 3 weeks for this W.H.to approve the request of the people down there to get dregging and berms in place to try to prevent oil from coming ashore.He said some body didn't think through the concequences of their actions when talking about BP and i agree. However what about EPA that gave them permission to dump millions of gallons of dispersants into the sea not knowing what harm they were doing to the environment.

    June 3, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  20. Kurtis

    I've never seen a president do some many interviews b4.

    June 3, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |

    Mr President, you are giving BP too much credit, how do you know they have the best equipment. Listen they are pulling stunts out of their butts. We as americans are depending on our Federal Govt to get this resolved and not wait until August. For all thos GOPers who wanted govt out of the private sector now what do you say. I know there are a lot of issues you and your administration is dealing with but hey Welcome to the WH. Delegate, delegate and to the right people this ex coast guard having dinner with the CEO in public didn't sit well with the people of gulf.

    June 3, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  22. John in Houston

    Obama IS another Jimmy Carter!

    June 3, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  23. puzzled

    Remember the Alamo, you are as crazy as they come. Please move out of the country since you dislike things so much. There's a big world out there, what's keeping you here?

    June 3, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  24. Mike in SA

    Interesting, Obama doesn't make it to Louisiana until the day BP tries the "top kill" to stop the flow of oil. This of course fails making the President "enraged". Now BP has cut the pipe, is trying "the cap", and surprise, surprise...in rides Obama again on his white stallion! My guess is that he was "enraged" the first time because the top kill failure meant he couldn't take credit for turning the oil off. In reality probably more embarrassed than enraged.

    This would be kind of humorous if it wasn't so ridiculous. Also his administration's idea that we're stupid enough to buy the whole "Obama as savior" thing is kind of offensive.

    June 3, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  25. warren

    How in the world can Obama say with a straight face "that the gulf oil spill would have been much worse if the federal government had not acted quickly" ?! What hypocrisy and misrepresntation...confirmed by his other comment that the government wasn't doing more because BP has the best equipment to address the disaster. What a typical politician...he is so many of the things that he campaigned against and promised to "change". "Yes we can" has turned into "Oh no he didn't !"

    June 3, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
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