June 13th, 2010
01:21 PM ET
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Obama to address nation on oil disaster Tuesday night

During his last visit to the Gulf Coast region, the president met with business people and local officials in Grand Isle, Louisiana.  The president will address the nation Tuesday after another trip to the Gulf states early this week.
During his last visit to the Gulf Coast region, the president met with business people and local officials in Grand Isle, Louisiana. The president will address the nation Tuesday after another trip to the Gulf states early this week.

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama will visit the Gulf states affected by the oil spill on Monday and Tuesday and then address the nation on Tuesday night from the White House on the next steps in responding to the environmental catastrophe, his senior adviser said Sunday.

On his fourth visit to the Gulf region since the disaster began on April 20, Obama will make stops in Theodore, Alabama; Gulfport, Mississippi, and Pensacola, Florida, according to senior administration officials.

After returning from the two-day trip, Obama will make a televised statement from the Oval Office on the night before he is scheduled to meet with top BP officials.

David Axelrod, the senior adviser to Obama, said the president would push BP to create a BP-funded escrow account that will pay for damage claims from the worsening oil spill. In addition, Axelrod said, the plan would call for an independent third party to handle the claims process.

"The president will use every legal device at his disposal to make sure that this money is escrowed and that there is an independent administrator so that claims are not slow-walked, people can get the relief they need in a timely fashion and that we don't create more victims from this terrible disaster," Axelrod told reporters.

Asked if Obama had legal authority to force BP to create the escrow fund, Axelrod said: "The advice is that we have the authority to compel such an escrow fund if it comes to that."

Axelrod noted that BP had "legal responsibilities to its investors but they also have a moral and legal responsibility to the people in the Gulf, and they need to satisfy that."

Updated: 4:55 p.m.

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  1. Andrew Boule

    You promised a greener United States. All I've seen is much of the same.

    June 13, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  2. Jay

    I am trying to understand BPs effort to resolve the spill.

    I still have not seen an effort to actually plug the leak. It appears they are only trying to contain the oil and focus on bringing it into production with the relief valves due in August.

    Why hasn't BP simply tried to plug the leak?

    June 13, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  3. Mcain

    Good Job, President Obama! We love you as President and as a person.

    June 13, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  4. Charlie in Maine

    Mr. President don't give in to those who want you to be angry. There is enough angry already..Plus it is an obvious trap, If you get mad the stoery will be "Angry Black Man"

    Be the Presidentt I hired you to be. State the problem, tell what is being done to stop it and outline what we need to do to keep it from happening again.

    Serious times call for serious leaders.

    Just remember: Your loudest critics are the idiots who said "Drill baby Drill" and" Drill here drill now" so you've got nothing to prove to them.
    Time to regulate..and if they stand in your way then maybe a little well-placed anger is in order.

    June 13, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  5. Chipster

    Watching the talking heads on the Sunday Morning TV shows, I couldn't help but notice that Republicans have already dispatched its members to spread misleading information about the Obama Administration's response to the oil rig explosion. Several of them complained that is was weeks before any Cabinet members were dispatched to the Gulf. That's patently false but, as they have learned it is effective, they will repeat it over and over until people accept it as fact. The EPA and Homeland Security were dispatched as soon as it was safe enough to examine the site. Of course, as with Katrina, the Coast Guard responded to the explosion immediately and were prepared for rescue and recovery. The Navy also arrived as quickly as they could get to the site.

    The problem is that most Americans are only now paying attention to the disaster because they couldn't see the oil damage that was heading to the shore. They only now are beginning to understand it in the way that they only care about starving children in Africa when they see photos and videos of the suffering. Why is that? I don't know because, to me, it has been like watching someone die of cancer ever since April 20th. I have noticed the Administration's responded quickly but the damage, now and yet to come, is frightening.

    Blame our addition to oil.

    The Coast Guard

    June 13, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  6. Philip Butchers

    I have worked for corporate America for nearly 40 years. I can tell you from experience that corporate leadership always profess that safety is the #1 priority. I believe they are sincere and think they are committed to this value. The problem is their behaviors and measurement systems always undermine this value. The most safety conscious organization in the world is NASA. They have lost two shuttles and many lives in the process. Both shuttle losses have been proven that they could have been prevented. The reason we lost them was that top leadership were not committed 100% to safety first. Why should we expect B.P. or any other industry to truly embrace safety at all costs if NASA can't and won't. My concern is there is middle management in this country and around the world being pushed for results over safety in a nuclear power plant. We would never cap and cleanup a major nuclear reactor incident. These issues are man made driven by greed and bottom line results.

    June 13, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  7. Anonymous

    BP...pay up...anything that needs to b approved by congress needs to b done so immediately...will the repubs say...NO...we will see?

    June 13, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  8. Jeff Spangler

    Say the words Robert Reich said this morning– "temporary conservatorship" to scare the bejesus out o fthe Limeys. Maybe the SeizeBP.org idea isn't so radical.

    June 13, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  9. Kellie

    What the heck is Obama going to accomplish by visiting "the Gulf states affected by the oil spill" for 2 days?

    June 13, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  10. GuyinVA

    Let me give you a pre-speech synopsis:

    "Been there from day one."

    "Will not rest."

    "Previous administration."

    "George W. Bush."

    "Dick Cheney."

    "Inherited this mess."

    June 13, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  11. thor

    Here we go again. The president has stumbbled and bumbbled his way ever since this disaster in the gulf has occured.Now his advisors have told him he needs to get on national T.V. read one of his prepared speech off a teleprompter and suddenly magic will change the public"s image of him with his inability to lead.How about that ole saying"actions speak louder than words"

    June 13, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  12. Malcom

    Too little too late Mr. President. You should have addressed the nation from Day 1 saying what happened, why it happened and how it will be fixed. Speaking to us now, the nation as a whole, is a huge miscalculation on your part. You've allowed the media and BP to essentially dictate what news and info we get on this disaster. Go back to the high school graduation lecture circuit.

    June 13, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  13. airdoc

    What are we going to hear that's any different? It's not MY FAULT, it's Bush's fault, it's BP's fault, it's the people who get money from BP dividends fault. It's not MY FAULT that the booms weren't available to enable the oil to be burned when it first started. It's not MY FAULT that the first thing I did was keep my boot on BP's throat instead of working with them. It's not MY FAULT that I had the DOJ look into bringing criminal charges instead of working with BP. It's not MY FAULT that I decided on my own and not pay attention to the experts to shut down all drilling that will hurt the workers even more. It's not MY FAULT that I just have to have all kinds of parties and fundraisers while this is going on.

    June 13, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  14. Charlie

    How about a little less talk and a lot more action?

    June 13, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  15. Sniffit

    I believe we are still waiting for W to take charge of the Katrina situation.

    What? He's busy facebooking now? Shame.

    June 13, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  16. Riley

    Yet another speach by Obama??? GHEESH.! He is clueless.

    June 13, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  17. Joe

    I wonder how the Republicans will denigrate this? Inappropriate use of the Oval Office? Pre-empting commercials and thus costing people jobs? He shouldn't be in doors on such a nice night?

    June 13, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  18. Robert

    It would be nice if Obama would actually indicate what kind of action he is going to take to reverse his current course of NON-ACTION. There are questions of course – like – where did he actually think that escaping oil was going to go??? out to sea??? There are at least 15 products right here in the US that could be used – right now – today....to start to soak up the oil along the shorelines and to help save the wildlife. If Obama takes no action, no responsibility and just more empty suit talk – then he has a motive to let the gulf coast continue to be ruined -- that would be his political agenda. Nothing more – nothing less.

    June 13, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  19. onedegreenorth

    He's actually going to take time out from partying with Paul, getting Michelle over to Vogue for another shoot, and taking the kids shopping in New York? We are all indeed blessed. Honestly, I couldn't care less what he says now. The man blew it when dismissed assistance from friends like Holland and Norway, and tried to blame the disaster on Bush, when this occurred a year and a half into "his" presidency. And saying we need more regulations is just stupid. We "have" regulations - so where were "his" inspectors to make sure BP was compliant? Bashing BP is only hurting our friends in Briton who depend on BP dividends for survival. Stop acting like a clueless Chicago politician and start acting like a President, Barry. The campaign is over. America lost.

    June 13, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  20. Willy Brown

    Will there be jars of oil balls stacked up behind him. That would be nice.

    June 13, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  21. tom

    Spin spin spin....nobody cares what you say...you are not running for election DO SOMETHING!!! For Once!!!

    June 13, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  22. br8dbnch

    Need to pass a bill in congress ASAP to make sure BP is held liable for damages and income lost...will repubs still say NO?

    June 13, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  23. Ann

    "If this were only one or two agencies involved in this process, that would be one thing. But there must be 12, 14, almost 20 entities involved, and so managing that gets clumsy sometimes."

    If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. Presidency is not only about golfing, speeches and receptions.

    June 13, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  24. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    With all the hands out to be reimbursed by B.P. you would think that B.P. were a wealthy country im sure that B.P. is well off but really how deep are there pocket's can they really pay for all the claims being imposed on them maybe our imaginations are deeper then there pocket's .

    June 13, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  25. Terri

    Fareed Zakaria: Has the media gone crazy (re: the BP oil spill)?: Unequivocally yes. The juvenile blame oriented approach that is being taken towards this whole situation is embarrassing. If the public wants anyone to blame try yourselves. It is 2010 and the vast majority of us (myself included) are still driving gas powered cars and drinking bottled water. By now gas powered vehicles should be museum artifacts but evidently we are all just too dense and/ or unresourceful to move on. Sadly I am 100% positive that in 10 years when we have the next one of these fuel oriented eco-disasters we will still be sitting around on our hands wondering why Pavlov's dogs are smarter than us. This is the real story.

    June 13, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
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