Obama, Top BP Officials Set For First Spill Meeting

Amid an intense U.S. effort to deal with the ongoing BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, President Barack Obama will meet for the first time with top BP officials, including Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg and possibly Chief Executive Officer Tony Hayward.The meeting next Wednesday in Washington would come more than two months since the catastrophe began. On Thursday, the official in charge of the U.S. government's response called on Svanberg and "any appropriate officials" to meet with the President and other top administration officials to discuss the short and long term operational and financial efforts related to the spill."President Obama will participate in a portion of this meeting," said Thad Allen, the National Incident Commander in a letter to Svanberg."As a responsible party, BP is financially responsible for all costs associated with the response to the spill, including efforts to stop the leak at its sources, reduce the spread of oil, protect the shoreline and mitigate damag