Pensacola Beach, Florida (CNN) - When President Obama addresses the nation from the Oval Office on Tuesday night, he will be trying to win over former supporters like Bruce Parris, who runs a bar on the sweltering beach here and is hopping mad about the federal response to Gulf oil spill.
Parris, who runs The Dock beachside bar and restaurant, says business has dropped about 40 percent from last year because tourism is cratering even though the water here is still crystal clear. Other than a small group of visitors here as Obama gets ready to sleep in this city tonight, most people are staying away out of fear that the oil is about to show up - and the bar owner says he blames the president for not taking command of the situation sooner.
"I'd rather see a more aggressive president - it should be obvious BP is only concerned about its bottom line, not our beaches or wildlife," said Parris, who voted for Obama over then-Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., in the 2008 Florida primary but now says he's re-thinking his support.
"I think Hillary might have been the smarter way to go," said Parris, who wonders aloud whether Clinton would have been more take-charge than Obama in the Oval Office. "I was with him all the way. I'm starting to have second thoughts."
Still, Parris seems to distrust BP even more than the White House, saying he buys into speculation on the beach here that the oil company actually does not want to seal off the well because it would prevent them from making future profits.
"It looks like we're trying to control the leak, contain it instead of stopping it, burying it, sealing it off," said Parris. "BP still wants to make a profit off of it."
Don Robarts, who runs a stand along the beach that sells sunglasses, floats, and sunscreen, says he also has suspicions that BP is holding back on completely capping the leak. "I think it's too much of a honey hole for them," said Robarts.
Robarts said he'll be listening closely to the president as well because business at his shop has plummeted 30 percent and he fears it will only get worse if larges gobs of oil wash ashore soon. So far, there have only really been tar balls - small drops of oil mixed with sand - showing up on this beach.
But Priscilla Clark, a local resident, showed up on the beach Monday with a tub full of oil that she found washed up in her backyard just one mile from this beach. Small business owners like Robarts fear that means it's only a matter of time before oil shows up here.
"If they close the beach where people can't get in the water ..." said Robarts, his voice trailing off because he finishes the sentence. He knows a shutdown of the beach will mean the handful of tourists keeping his business afloat will be gone too.
Updated: 7:41 p.m.