May 25th, 2010
02:48 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama to visit Gulf Coast

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama will travel to the Gulf Coast on Friday to review oil spill response efforts, according to White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.

Gibbs and two other administration officials confirmed Tuesday that Obama will visit Louisiana coastal areas. Gibbs said Obama will travel there from Chicago, Illinois, where the first family will be spending the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

The trip will be Obama's second to the area since the April 20 oil rig explosion and fire set off the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Obama first went there on May 2, when he toured the disaster area by helicopter and met with top regional officials and local fishermen impacted by the spill.

Updated: 3:01 p.m.

–CNN's Dan Lothian and Shawna Shepherd contributed to this report.


Filed under: President Obama
soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Maria H-Miami

    What for? He's not doing anything about it except putting together committees to discuss the oil spill. Obama should have taken action by now, let the militaries handle it.

    May 25, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  2. Mark from Louisiana

    Maybe inbetween photo ops he can explain to us why the feds have refused to allow dredging to build sand barriers along the coast, it's much easier to clean up sand than the marsh.

    Supposedly the hold up is that the feds have environmental issues with the dredging. I guess killing the marshlands isn't an environmental issue with them.

    May 25, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  3. Paul from Phoenix

    Is he actually going to do anything this time? Or, is he going to fly around, do a photo-op, then leave and do nothing again.

    May 25, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  4. obama victim

    a little late Barry

    May 25, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  5. mike

    all this time he's spent talking about it and he's yet to see it!? I wonder if he's read the Arizona Immigration law yet.

    May 25, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  6. charles

    where is the outrage from the liberal media. had a republican been president and had not visited the site of the spill within the 1st thirty days, it would have been front page news all over the country. but then again, the president obama never visited the flood ravaged areas of north dakota in 2009, nor nashville in 2010. perhaps it is because bp is largely run by white people and that north dakota and nashville are largely inhabitated by white people. don't forget the national uproar during katrina that president bush was slow to respond to katrina because new orleans was a majoroty black city.

    May 25, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  7. Bob

    BP response is not great but it is still better than Obama response to ILLEGAL aliens.

    May 25, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  8. IT'S ABOUT TIME!

    Mr President, just don't land wearing a FLIGHT SUITE AND A SIGN SAYING "MISSION ACCOMPLISHED". This is huge, the Worst disaster that will linger for years to come. BP I don't care who they have in their pocket needs to take responsibility and Mr President you MUST RETROACTIVATE & LIFT THE CAP ON BP AND ANY OTHER DRILLING COMPANY. You and your administration have been slow to respond which disappoints me as I voted for you. DONT' BE BUSH & CHENEY RE: KATRINA. TAKE ACTION NOW AND FAST!

    May 25, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  9. Marmaduke

    I really do hope that there will be some way to stop the spill from spreading. I feelbad for all the poor sea animals there...

    May 25, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  10. geecee

    I am Obama's biggest fan, but have been disappointed that he has not addressed the Nation on this horrible disaster. Granted, people haven't died as in Katrina, at least not yet, but the economic impact, standard of living of people on the Gulf Cost and the environmental devastation is just as bad, if not worse, than the damage Katrina caused. People need reassurance that he is doing all he possibly can to help the situation. If the US doesn't have the resources, mechanics, knowledge to stop this leak and clean up the mess, tell us that and get other countries and companies involved in cleaning it up and stopping it. Don't leave it just to BP – but definitely make them pay ALL costs involved. I realize the Coast Guard was on site that very day of the explosion, but they evidently did not get very much done to stop the damage. Bring in tankers to vacuum up the junk, whatever it takes to stop it from destroying the entire Gulf Coast and who knows what else if all this oil does not stop spewing out. I'm angry, and I don't live anywhere near Louisiana!!! I can't imagine how angry I would be if I lived along the Gulf Coast.

    May 25, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  11. Dave

    May 24, 2010

    Gulf of Mexico –

    Use Nuclear weapons explosives below and level with the Oil Leak to create an Artificial sink hole below the Oil Leak to heat seal and bury the Oil Leak.

    With an advantage of 5,000 feet of under water Pressure.

    Above explosives would be necessary to help bury the Drill piping Downwards into the sink hole.

    Nuclear Warheads would create high enough heat to seal the Oil Leak.

    Has high heat even been tried yet?

    May 25, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  12. Joe

    What good that will do?. It didn't do any good the first he was there, and the situation its getting worse.

    May 25, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  13. Tulsa

    Oh my, let's hear the neocons and t-baggers whine!

    May 25, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  14. Tinkers Dam

    He might as well look at it... he's sure as heck not going to do anything about it.

    May 25, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  15. Mike

    OH NO. I would pay the air traffic controller to divert this clown from here in the Gulf Coast. He should go visit Korea or Iran and stay there at least until 2012, then return, so we can vote him out.

    May 25, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  16. isabela

    i think we should stop oil spills.

    May 25, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  17. Rebecca sloman

    Great – fly over the site in a helicopter and act like you can do something. We need a pardigm shift to use only alternative forms of energy

    May 25, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  18. another photo op

    Louisiana does not need an Obama visit – they need 100,000 national guard troops; 1000 bull dozers and trucks; and 5,000,000 tons of sand and GRAVEL TO BUILD SOME EARTHERN BARRIERS

    How do you spell incompetence?

    May 25, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  19. A Kickin' Donkey

    Sir –

    I am a supporter but you've got to get after this. Don't just visit ... announce / implement some concrete steps during this visit.

    1.) the deployment of oil recovery ships that will pump in an oil / water mix and pump out water. Position 6 of these around the spill ... 4 to protect the US coast and 2 to clean up the "loop current".

    2.) Deploy an international team of Oil Spill Termination experts. Pick them from countries in the North Sea and other locations that have the most experience in off shore drilling. These should also be from companies like Shell, Conoco, etc. Give them supena [sp?] power.

    3.) Make British Petroleum stop using the dispersant that the EPA doesn't approve of. This will show the citizens that the US Government will FORCE BP to do the RIGHT THING.

    4.) Arrest workers from BP, TransOcean and Haliburton that are suspected in the deaths of the 11 people. This includes executives at these firms. It's time for a "perp walk".

    5.) Immediately suspend and revoke any permits for wells that are not producing oil .... even those 90% drilled .... which are not producing oil.

    6.) Develop the world's toughest rules for the operation of off shore oil rigs in US waters. Do not grant any exceptions to rules for a permit to "foreign flagged oil rigs".

    7.) Require that all oil companies build ... right now... an "Oil Spill Containment Dome" for each off shore oil well. The rule should be that these pre-existing domes must pre position enough of these so that they must be able to reach any well in 5 days by ship.

    8.) Require that oil firms be held liable for $20 B worth of liability instead of $75M. Announce that firms will be fined a penalty of $100k per day ... per well ... when spills occur.

    9.) Require that all new wells drill a relief well at the same time as the original well.

    May 25, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  20. Ex-Republican since McCain picked Palin

    I love my President.

    May 25, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  21. awaitingmoderationby CNN

    ....and the annointed one descends from his lofty post to spend time with the poor downtrodden for a photo op (though certainly not with those TEA party supporting Tennessee folks) to show how wonderful he is. What an corrupt, slimy, inept idiot the liberals foisted on hard working Americans.

    May 25, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  22. Karl in Charleston,SC

    Let's put Ray Nagin in charge!

    May 25, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  23. d1120

    What's he going to do this time? He didn't do anything the last time he visited.

    May 25, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  24. anthony

    Re:
    Louisiana does not need an Obama visit – they need 100,000 national guard troops; 1000 bull dozers and trucks; and 5,000,000 tons of sand and GRAVEL TO BUILD SOME EARTHERN BARRIERS

    How do you spell incompetence?

    - – - – - – - – - – -

    B-U-S-H

    or

    P-A-L-I-N

    May 25, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |