June 13th, 2010
03:49 PM ET
8 years ago

Aide: Obama's trip makes for 'good time to tell folks' of Gulf efforts

Washington (CNN) - The decision for President Barack Obama to make a major address to the nation on the Gulf oil spill came together Friday and Saturday, according to senior administration officials.

Just days before, the White House had indicated no such address was in the works for the very near future.

So what changed?

A top White House aide said "after spending two days in region it's a good time to tell folks what has been done and what needs to happen."

On his fourth visit to the Gulf region on Monday and Tuesday, Obama will make stops in Theodore, Alabama; Gulfport, Mississippi; and Pensacola, Florida.

Fresh from that two day trip, the president will address the nation. The speech at the White House is expected at 8 p.m. ET Tuesday, and will last for about 15 minutes, the White House confirmed.

While the president will address the overall crisis, he will have specific themes.

The senior official said Obama would touch on "what needs to happen on restructuring government regulation, plans for containment, economic claims and long-term recovery."

The presidential address will take place less than 24 hours before Obama meets with BP executives at the White House, face-to-face. It's the first such meeting since oil started gushing into the Gulf.

- CNN's Ed Henry contributed to this report.

Filed under: Alabama • Energy • Florida • Mississippi • Obama administration • President Obama
soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. Mark Hudson

    More time to read empty promises off the teleprompter.

    June 13, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  2. Dave

    Finally he is going to the gulf rather than to "golf".

    June 13, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  3. dennis

    After Katrina people were going down to New Orleans volunteering to help out, rebuild, and support the people. Hollywood stars were going in droves to emphasize how bad Bush was handling the situation. The National Gaurd was sent in to help. Where are the volunteers now? Where is Hollywood? Where is the Government work recovery forces? Where is the National Gaurd. Obama goes down to deliver one of his speechs, hires about 20 people to mill around dragging tools over the sand while he is speaking, when he's done, they all quit and went home. Where's Brownie when you need him?

    June 13, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  4. dennisintn

    and why would we be tempted to believe anything he says during his speech.

    June 13, 2010 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  5. Obama could lear from Jindal

    Obama could learn a lot from Jindal – like how doing something rather than talking about it makes the difference between a leader and a politician

    We would use some some of those 160,000 troops protecting the heroin crop in Afghan; or some of the 100,000 troops wasting time in Iraq.

    June 13, 2010 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  6. B.H.

    I am glad the president is telling it like it is in his address to the nation.

    Eveything the GOP says sounds tinny and hollow, but especially these days!. The sanctity of life. What a joke! Look what their Bush-era big oil policies have done to the Gulf Of Mexico, our environment, our way of life. That is eco-system death on a massive scale. Do they forget people are part of our eco-system?? And, as for the sanctity of marriage—that is only between 2 people who love each other! Not for politicians or their mistresses to decide. This is a free country, and the people are sick and tired of sleazy politicians who are in the pockets of special interests telling us what to do with our money, faith, and personal life. Right now, especially, we don't care about the GOP's old, tired, failed rhetoric...the GULF Coast is being polluted and our way of life is being destroyed due an excess of corruption, cheap sanctimony and greed.

    June 13, 2010 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  7. kingsley igbinake

    Cant believe it is taking so long to find a solution to the oil spill in a country such as USA. Advice to president obama, continue doing what your best for the American people and let does who dont have solutions do the talking

    June 13, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  8. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Negativity filled with complaints don't stop the oil spill, it's a man made disaster and it's going take many hands on deck that are able and willing to get the job done.

    June 13, 2010 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  9. Augsbee

    The meeting with BP executives should have taken place at the White House from day one of the crisis. What's the point now, 2 months later when the victims of Louisiana are fighting for money with BP????? Another speech to convince he was actually doing something. Enough with excuses.

    June 13, 2010 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  10. brett

    I am getting really tired of the Republicans trying to politicize one of the worst environmental disasters this country has ever seen. Our president needs us to come together in times of need, not continue to bash his efforts. He has had to deal with plenty of crap from prior administrations so lets stand together and fix this thing. I am still waiting to hear about other alternatives from Republicans on this issue as well as about every other issue that we face today. I would be very happy to this party start to provide some real working solutions to the problems we face today.

    June 13, 2010 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  11. Gerry NH

    How is he going to talk about something he knows nothing about?

    June 13, 2010 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  12. four and The Door

    Hopefully he takes this as a wake-up call to review all of those activities...manufacturing, transportation, medical and so on...where the federal government knows poor planning can lead to catastrophic consequences. This is not about "oil is bad", this is about, " How sure are we that who we think are the experts really know what they are doing?". I think he misses the opportunity if it ends with, "Oil is bad.".

    June 13, 2010 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  13. DENNA

    Come on people! If you are really serious, you will get angry with BP for not having a plan in place for this eventuality. President Obama cannot suck up the oil himself, he can't put on a wet suit and swim down to plug it. He is doing what he can do; keeping up the pressure on BP to make sure they make this situation whole. If you are not serious you must be a rethug.

    June 13, 2010 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  14. Donkey Party

    You right-wingers and your fascination with teleprompters. You just can't contain your cumulative stupidity, can you?

    June 13, 2010 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  15. Jeff Spangler

    Forget an "escrow fund" and get ahead of BP's bankruptcy lawyers by taking a "temporary conservatorship", as suggested by Berkeley's Robert Reich this morning, before the company's market valuation drops below potential damages and available insurance. Litigation will take twenty years or longer as in Exxon Valdez, and trusting BP to pay "all legitimate claims" is just plain nuts.

    June 13, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  16. rdepontb

    Dear Mr. President,

    My entire family was so proud to vote for you. This Gulf situation, however, has had the better of you so far. And now it appears that you are going to tell the nation, Tuesday evening, about all of the wonderful things the Administration has done-in short, you are going to cover everyone's but.

    The American people, and especially those who rely on the Gulf for their livelihoods and legacies, do not want to hear any more pandering of that sort. You have little need to "address the nation" on this. You are a very, very late-comer to the seriousness of the leak and its effects, and we are now very, very far past mere words. You should have given ADM Allen much more of a boost than you did initially; you passed up many opportunities to do so. Take the bull by the horns, or do not bother with your Tuesday speech at all.

    June 13, 2010 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  17. pahpub1935@comcast.net

    He has already been to the Gulf at least twice. Dave, I think you should know what you are complaining about before you complain. What a jerk !

    June 13, 2010 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  18. JES

    You are correct Obama hasn't been on TV for at least 15 minutes.

    We don't have a leader we have a out of control spending ROCK STAR reminds me of Michael Jackson.

    June 13, 2010 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  19. constitutionalpatriot

    He is going to tell us what's going on. Thats laughable! The great deciever should know that thing called the internet which he used to great success in his campaign of wonderful promises also tells us that he hasn't done anything to help with this huge disaster other than trash BP to score cheap political points. This is nothing more than the corporatist George W. Bush's 3rd term. Barack W. And his empty promises have done nothing but cause the national debt to skyrocket and stifle recovery. Thing is the GOP isn't really any better so we have no party that really cares about WE THE PEOPLE! It's time to take an active role in our government as citizens! Read the constitution and the wise words of our founders, get involved and realize Democrat vs. Republican is a con to keep us divided! Ron Paul in 2012!!

    June 13, 2010 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  20. Renea

    Thats what im talking about Mr. President you show them true leadershi[p even though theyre going to criticize you anyway whether you go or not, from Gov, Bobby Jindal to Jim Demint even James Carville but i dont see any of them bending down and picking anything up off the beaches when they are in front of the cameras all they do is murmor about what the President is not doing. I believe they want the President to go down in the water and stop it himself. I cant wait until Tuesday night to see the complaint about Pres. Obama after his speech.

    June 13, 2010 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  21. leftisloony

    another speech from obama.......the ONE, who with soaring rhetoric combines his ignorance with duplicitous arrogance, and continues to lead this country into the toilet........the man's got talent........never has someone said so much, with so little, for so many........something tells me his speech will go something like this...........he inherited all these incredible problems, its all bush's fault, and for this reason we need to tax ourselves to the max with his economy destroying cap and tax program.......this little man is in WAY over his head......have a nice day

    June 13, 2010 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  22. todd

    Dear America, in light of what has happened in the gulf, I will be your new dictator. Do what i say or else!

    June 13, 2010 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  23. Eve

    >>.The White House is beginning to realize that the political fallout of the oil spill is very real - and holding office for a year and a half makes it harder to blame the previous administration for evident shortcomings<<<<<<<

    no way, really? What a joke this so called president is.. he is surrounded by advisors that have no concern except to protect his image when we desperately need a LEADER.

    We've got people losing their livelihoods, the largest environmental disaster in the history of this nation and he is out playing golf and singing Hey Jude with Paul McCartney. Even James Carville gets it! Isn't it interesting that the environmental groups haven't let out a peep.. that is because this has always been about politics and never about the environment. This man is the worst disaster in the history of this nation and my prayer is that there will still be a nation in 2012 left to save!

    June 13, 2010 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  24. Jim in St. Johns, FL

    What needs to happen is for BP to plug the leak and for the Federal government to start taking care of people

    Not Obama betting a beer on a soccer match and softselling BP.

    Then again seems BP gave Obama a wad of cash last election.

    June 13, 2010 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  25. Perdidomike

    We need this! Hoping something positive to report on the disaster and we finally know the true extent of it, including long term effects of the oil plumes on the Gulf ecosystem.

    June 14, 2010 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
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