GOP chairman says Obama is exploiting Gulf crisis

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Party Chairman Michael Steele is accusing President Barack Obama of exploiting for his own political gain the crisis created by the Gulf oil spill.

Responding to Obama's Oval Office address to the nation Tuesday night, Steele said in a statement that the president's actions demonstrate his inability to lead the nation out of a disaster and show an "appallingly arrogant political calculus."

The GOP chairman says Obama should be focusing on providing what he calls "real and honest solutions" to people on the Gulf Coast.

In his address, Obama urged Congress and the nation to get behind sweeping energy and climate change legislation, a domestic priority of his presidency that has stalled on Capitol Hill.

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