[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/01/14/obama.gays.military/art.gibbs.afp.gi.jpg caption="Gibbs says Carville doesn’t fully understand what the administration is doing in response to the BP oil spill."](CNN) – James Carville doesn’t know all the facts, the White House says.
Amid repeated criticism from the Democratic strategist and CNN contributor over the president’s response to the BP oil spill, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters Friday Carville doesn’t “understand all of what we’re doing.”
“Truthfully, I think the president answered this yesterday. I think people - I don’t think James understands all of what we’re doing. I don’t think James understood the facts,” said Gibbs on board Air Force One when asked what the president thinks that some supporters like Carville have been critical of the administration’s response to the crisis. In a press conference Thursday, Obama insisted he and his administration understood the magnitude of the crisis from day one.
Carville, a Louisiana native, has repeatedly said the president is not being tough enough on BP for its bungled response to the massive leak in the Gulf Coast.
"BP is not the equal of the United States government," Carville told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King earlier this week. "And this president needs to tell BP: I'm your daddy, I'm in charge. You're going to do what we say."
After completing a tour of oil soaked wetlands on the Louisiana coast Wednesday, an emotional Carville also told CNN, "We need some action here, and we need to get this thing moving very quickly.”
Carville also expounded on his criticisms Friday while giving the commencement address at LSU’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center.
“I don’t like criticizing the president,” he said. “My goal is to make our case — you don’t understand what this is — the magnitude of it…if he’s getting poor advice — if he’s not understanding the nature of what’s going on — then I have to hold him accountable too.”