As the president spent a second day in the disaster zone trying to demonstrate the government's commitment to overseeing the Gulf disaster response, he and the rest of us got a brutal reminder of just how much of this mess seems to be eluding anyone's control. Lightning apparently triggered a small fire aboard the ship capturing oil from the well. The result is that BP had to suspend siphoning oil from the spill for several hours as a precaution. The company can't say how much oil was lost to the sea. Thankfully they resumed siphoning this afternoon, but it is a reminder of how uncertainty and chance seem to threaten this operation at every turn. These are truly uncharted waters both from an engineering standpoint, and a political one for President Obama, who addresses the nation about the crisis tonight from the Oval Office. We'll preview his remarks and have more on what happened at the well site today on NBC Nightly News.Join us at 8 pm Eastern, 5 pm Pacific for live coverage of the president's speech.
We'll also have a story tonight about the makeover of an important piece of history: It's one you're familiar with if you know the U2 hit "Sunday Bloody Sunday." For years their version of events about the shootings of unarmed Irish protesters by British troops in 1972 was at odds with the official UK government account. But no longer. Jim Maceda tonight has the stunning British acknowledgment that today brought tears to the eyes those who lost loved ones on that bloody Sunday.