June 22, 2010 1:00 AM

Commentary: Obama finally uses some clout on oil spill

For weeks, President Obama had seemed powerless in the face of the blowout. He'd been reduced to telling people all the things he couldn't do. But Americans didn't expect him to plug the leak — or, even sillier, to show more emotion when he talked about it. What they wanted was to see him use the federal government's powers effectively.

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