By Lester Holt, NBC News anchor
President Obama, known for keeping his cool, let his temper flare today over the blame game concerning the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. He let loose over the "ridiculous spectacle" of oil industry officials pointing fingers at each other. We'll have the president's remarks, and an update on the latest gambit to siphon off the spewing oil. Anne Thompson will also tell us about the growing controversy over just how much oil is flowing out of that leak. Of course, those whose livelihoods depend on the now spoiled Gulf waters reached their boiling point a long time ago, and our Mark Potter will be reporting that part of the story tonight, including one Louisiana mayor's heated call to BP officials. Meantime it seems everyone has an idea on how to stop the leak. I had a cab driver explain a rather detailed method to me the other day. While I didn't fully understand it, it turns out there are a lot of options to cap the leak--some proven, some not--that BP has not taken advantage of. We've asked NBC's Tom Costello to take a look at some of them for tonight's program.
Brian is taking the night off and I'll be anchoring the broadcast tonight from Los Angeles. I hope you can join us for the Friday edition of NBC Nightly News.