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Obama meets with BP execs today

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is meeting with BP executives for the first time -- a day after his speech to the nation on the calamitous oil spill from the company's well.

Obama will sit down today with CEO Tony Hayward and board Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg.

He says he'll tell the company officials to put a mountain of cash in escrow to pay for all the damage and cleanup. And Obama adds that fund will be under independent control.

The meeting comes as an AP-GfK poll published just before the president's speech showed more than half -- 52 percent -- of those responding disapprove of how he's handled the spill crisis. That's a big jump from a month earlier. And it's roughly the same disapproval level as George W. Bush had after Hurricane Katrina.

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