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To the growing chorus of critics wondering what President Barack Obama was ultimately going to do about the BP oil spill here's one answer: He's going to go on TV in prime time and talk about it.

CNN is promoting President Obama's interview that will air Thursday night at 9 on "Larry King Live." It is part of King's big week of 25th anniversary interviews -- along with the likes of Lady Gaga -- and Wednesday morning, the CNN anchors were saying Obama will be talking about the oil spill among other issues facing the nation.

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As I have said before, when the going gets tough, the President goes on prime-time TV. This is one performance I am not going to miss if I can help it.

The administration still seems to think Obama is a masterful TV performer. I once thought so too. But not any more. Schmoozing with Jay Leno, King or David Letterman might help get you elected, but it is no way to govern -- especially in time of crisis.

Of course, Obama has taken practical steps to try and solve the disaster in the Gulf, but many feel he has not taken nearly enough effective or decisive ones. And going on prime-time TV shows with interviewers he knows he can handle has been a key part of this president's mode of operating since he took office.

Hopefully, the latest effort by BP to execute a top cut and cap will work. For the sake of all of us, but especially the folks in the Gulf region, let's hope it does on this Day 44 of the worst oil spill in U.S. history.

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