Barack Obama says he will 'make BP pay' for oil damage

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US President Barack Obama has vowed that BP will pay for the damage caused by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

He was speaking in a TV address from the Oval Office, traditionally reserved for the most sombre and important moments in US national life.

The statement came as opinion polls suggested a majority of Americans disapproved of how the president has handled the disaster.

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