May 2nd, 2010
02:13 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama heads to view Gulf Coast oil spill

Upon touching down in the Gulf Coast region Sunday afternoon, the president spoke briefly with Louisiana's Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal before the two men headed off to Venice, Louisiana.
Upon touching down in the Gulf Coast region Sunday afternoon, the president spoke briefly with Louisiana's Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal before the two men headed off to Venice, Louisiana.

(CNN) - President Barack Obama traveled to Louisiana on Sunday to see for himself the growing oil slick from a damaged offshore well that threatens the U.S. Gulf Coast.

Obama arrived on Air Force One at Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans, then headed off by road with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal for the two-hour drive to Venice, a staging ground for efforts to fight the growing slick.

Some of Obama's top officials said Sunday that the spill is a potential catastrophe and defended the administration's response so far against complaints it has reacted too slowly.

Appearing on CNN's "State of the Union," Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Adm. Thad Allen, the commandant of the Coast Guard, warned the leaking oil from a rig explosion could continue for weeks with dire consequences.

"It potentially is catastrophic," Salazar said. "I think we have to prepare for the worst."

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Updated: 2:32 p.m.


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soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Peter

    Patty Patriot May 2nd, 2010 4:08 pm ET

    Isn't anyone investigating who/what/why of this explosion? Why would anyone think a community organizer would have any idea how to contain/cleanup this mess? Gut feeling is someone caused this explosion.

    Sure Patty the community organizer of mixed race who rose and became the first African/American President of the USA...who also happens to be surrounded by some of the smartest people on earth...as we blog here effective solutions are being developed...afterall Obama (community organizer) just rescued the largest economy on earth from falling off a cliff and also this (community organizer) through health care has made sure no American child through no fault of their own with a pre-existing health condition will no longer be condemned to a life of no access to health care on American soil...this same community organizer is also responsible for saving GM and reduce Nuclear stock piles around the world...wow id say hes come far and super community organizer (with a cape on...(just kidding) ill take this community organizer any day over any and all Republican candidates....this November cant come any sooner...vote the republican bums out...

    May 2, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  2. Greg

    Oh my god!!! Dis you see the picture for the article?! Bobby Jindal is talking to Obama. Time to attack him like they did Crist. This is a no-no to far right wingnuts.

    May 2, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  3. Zach K

    If there is a chance of Bipartisanship, this is it. Politics is irrelevant when it comes to ecological disasters that humans impacted.

    May 2, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  4. Indiana voter

    Annie, Atlanta,

    You are just upset that you boy isn't doing a very good job to contain the spill that is causing a huge environmental disaster. Face it folks, Obama fell flat on this one. He is now trying to save face. That is how it compares to Katrina.

    May 2, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  5. Bryan

    Who, exactly, is criticizing the President's "late response"? Would it be Republicans?

    Look, I'm from Louisiana, and weathered Katrina and now the BP oil spill. FEMA's response was ridiculously slow to Katrina and Rita, and many people died who didn't need to, and supplies were impossible to get here. Now, some blamed Bush's presidency, but I was busy enough housing 10 New Orleaneans in my 1-bedroom apartment.

    This BP disaster is definitely not Obama's problem. He is trying to help the situation, but he didn't skimp on safety measures & procedures, nor did he cause an extra 5000 gallons to spill out into our Gulf.

    My hope is there's a special place in the Afterlife for those who are trying to capitalize on cheap partisan politics. Trying to "equalize" the blame from Republican to Democratic presidents, within the same state, will not obscure the damage down to Bush's legacy.

    May 2, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  6. Peter

    Indiana voter May 2nd, 2010 4:29 pm ET

    Annie, Atlanta,

    You are just upset that you boy isn't doing a very good job to contain the spill that is causing a huge environmental disaster. Face it folks, Obama fell flat on this one. He is now trying to save face. That is how it compares to Katrina.

    Actually Obamas reaction has been spot ON!!! bp in addittion to paying the federal govt back for money spent on this cleanup will face very stiff fines and penalties for lying about the extent of disaster!!! Obama just landed there...im sure bush or palin would have had flyovers and tried to access the damage from afar!

    May 2, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  7. dc

    Let me see if I have it right. Big Oil wants tax breaks and when they cause a dissater they want the government bailout for clean up. This is a man made problem BP is a 100% at fault, not the President.

    May 2, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
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