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.
I would like to say to our President that when this huge corporation is more interested in it's stock dividends and the public's perception, we really are beyond the point of talk. We want to see some charges filed. We want to see BP spend money to bring in more tankers and clean up crews; to properly use what they have at hand (like proper booming). No more talking, please. We don't need to be assured with words. We need to be assured with action, like yesterday.
Who is he going to blame now? His solution – put a new layer of government so they can delay getting money to the people who need it even longer.
How is this change working for you? It's not working for the people along the gulf coast – unless you want to become a government employee.
The biggest problem this President faces and we the people is the Republicans' desire to go back to the past on this issue just like the economic melt down. They want to continue drilling like the Gov. of Alabama is wanting; without first finding out what happened and how to prevent it from happening again. Like the economic issue, just go back to business as usual with little if any regulations or changes in how we allow private business to operate; even when their actions based on greed has such devatating impact on the rest of us. With out a major shift in the Republicans' ideology or we get a viable 3rd party or we go with only the Democrats we will continue to see our great nation get further and further down. We the people need to stop the current Republicans' desires to ruin this great nations for their purity tests and greed for the few.
i'm not sure what another photo-op and update report accomplishes. this is a matter that has come to a point where the next time we should hear from the president is when he is able to tell us that the well has been capped, the spilt oil recovered, and as many of the affected wildlife and as much of the damaged area has been, in the words of BP head, made 'right'. the more he does these events the more he appears to be ineffectively addressing the situation and the less he is in control. this is a time for action not words.
At this point, I really don't care what he says. America needs to hold his feet to the flame for being so out of touch about this. People rightfully destroyed Bush for not being there for Katrina, and that was only 2-3 days after the disaster. This is almost 2 damn months.
The honeymoon is over. It is time for those of us who voted for this president to hold him accountable and stop letting his charm and sermons pull the wool over our eyes.
I do not understand people putting a blame on the administration for not expediting relief efforts for the people of the Gulf Coast. BP has caused damage not only to the people of the Gulf Coast but as well as to the environment. BP if the big problem and they need to fix the leak. the people of the Gulf Coast should put there political leaders/ BP on the stand and tell the truth. They owe it to the people whose lives they have ruined. It is a shame to further your political career at the expense of your voters and constituents. Peoples misery should not be a platform to further your political career or national exposure. the president and the administration are doing there best to fix the problem. We have to stand up to those corporations that are menace to the public , political contributors and make them accountable. God Bless our country and quick resolve for the people of the Gulf Coast.
I don't know what else the president can do with out taking on blame, this is BPs mess, if the govt. gets in there too early it is also the govt.'s mess, which clearly BP needs to shoulder the blame for in everyway, with importance on legal and fiscal ways
some one wrote (I think Mark from Louisianna) that Denmark offered help after 3 days, that is nice, but BP needs to bring in Denmark, not Obama, if BP brings in help, of couse asking the govt. for permission and taking all blame, that is one thing, if the govt. takes the lead than fiscal and legal blame can very easily shift
IT IS NO ONE ELSE'S FAULT BUT BP, do not shift it to any one else because BP cannot handle their mess
BP did take advantage of a less regulatory climate brought to us by Bush/Cheney, but BP pushed for it
BP reaps what it sews, they need to man up and make it right
Should they obtain this Escrow Fund – Please do NOT let the Government manage it. Why all this focus on legal issues, committees, fault, – Let's just get the oil stopped and the mess cleaned up! Afterwards, the current Government can do what they do best – Bailouts and Committees and new Czars – which do NOTHING but soak the American taxpayer and waste time!
Obama is a great president who is taking charge and taking responsibility for managing a disaster that he did not create. Best wishes to the president.
The Obama Administration has been focusing on punishing BP; however, we shouldn't forget who really should get their buttocks' kicked-Halliburton! Afterall, these people have had a number of mishaps in recent memory; don't let these criminals get away with the murdering of all the wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico!