June 15th, 2010
07:55 AM ET
4 years ago

Obama continues Gulf visit, prepares to address nation

President Obama will spend more time in the Gulf region Tuesday before returning to Washington to give a primetime Oval Office address.
President Obama will spend more time in the Gulf region Tuesday before returning to Washington to give a primetime Oval Office address.

(CNN) – President Obama will continue his Gulf Coast visit Tuesday with a stop in Florida's Panhandle, where some beaches have started to see signs of oil as crude continues to gush from a ruptured deepwater well.

Obama, on his fourth trip to the region since oil began spewing from the well in April, is scheduled to return to Washington later Tuesday and address the nation about the situation from the Oval Office.

Obama on Monday acknowledged the toll of the massive oil spill.

"There's a sense that this disaster is not only threatening our fishermen and our shrimpers and oystermen, not only affecting precious marshes and wetlands and estuaries ... there's also a fear that it could have a long-term impact on a way of life that has been passed on for generations," he said.

"We are absolutely committed to working with [local and state officials] to do everything in our power to protect the Gulf Coast way of life so that it's there for our children, our grandchildren and our great-grandchildren," he said.

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  1. Campaigner

    We have had lip service from oil companies and politicians before and thats exactly what it turned out to be. The proof is in the pudding as they say. We'll see what happens this time around. Don't have much faith in either one.

    June 15, 2010 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  2. Jerry

    I don't get it; aren't the gulf states mostly conservative? Don't conservatives want less government interference with private industry? Don't they preach that if we stop controlling big oil companies, they'll do the right thing with their profits? (Drill baby, drill!) Why do these states think that the federal government is responsible for cleaning this up? Why is Obama responsbile? This isn't a natural disaster.

    June 15, 2010 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  3. Don of Iowa

    Presidnt Obama has handled this situation just as he should have all along. If he takes over the job then it becomes the job of the Federal Government and BP has a case for evading all expenses related to whatever the Government does. There is a law limiting their responsibility to 75 Million and getting Obama to step in and take over the response is just what they wish he would do, Americans are so stupid, they do not see the handwriting on the wall. The ONLY way to do this is to force BP to make the response. And if you thinkk taking over BP assets will work, remember the Republicans have the Supreme Court stacked with conservative Judge, the same ones who said corporations have the same rights as citizens do, they will over turn ANY attempt to seize the assets of BP because sadly BP, a foreign corporation nopw has more rights than the average citizen, compliments of the Republican appointed Supreme Court.

    June 15, 2010 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  4. gg

    one day republicans want big goverment to stay out of there lives next day they want help and hand outs

    June 15, 2010 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  5. bilbo

    Used to live in the Florida panhandle and still have relatives and family there...what boggle me is that this area is one of the most conservative, small government areas in the country...this is the area that wants to shink government until it can be drowned in a bathtub...UNTIL NOW!!!...now they want the government to step in...and this is NOT the government's mess..it is a private multinational company, who botched the job to save a day and a few hundred thousand dollars. President Obama owes nothing to the screaming tea-party disciples near Pensacola...and their anger directed at him is a mere political ploy...this is BP's mess to clean up and pay for....not anyone else's...

    June 15, 2010 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  6. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Our President is tenacious. He will NOT let BP off the hook. All of these visits, that H.W.Bush did not perform during Exxon's little "calamity", are the base for what he's got prepared for BP coming down the pike. There is a good rason why he has chosen NOT to meet with Hayward.

    There are those mentally dislexic folks out there that say he's too tough, or not tough enough on BP. I suggest that besides taking your medication to balance out your thought process, you stay out of 'grown-folks' business. Another thought on our President's ability to be tough: Special Ops Forces. Read up on them.

    June 15, 2010 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  7. Blaum

    Obama is in way over his head with being president.....

    go ahead.... get on TV tonight and tell us that you're on the problem....

    we'll believe you... it's only been 57 days.....

    laughable....

    June 15, 2010 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  8. Mark from Louisiana

    I'd like to hear obama explain tonight why when the Dutch offered huge skimmers and ships three days after the blowout why he refused their help? Did the unions press obama not to waive the Jones Act?

    I also want to know why he shutting down all deepwater drilling and not just the permits/wells that BP has the lease for? This justs screws the American oil companies who have good safety records. Those deepwater drilling rigs aren't just going sit there doing nothing, they will head to other parts of the world.

    Which brings up questions about Petrobas, the Brazilian oil company. Last year obama sent them TWO BILLION dollars for deepwater exploration. That infusion of our tax dollars sent their stock prices up, to the benefit of George Soros, the man who pulls obamas strings. Ohh and guess where the idled rigs in the gulf may go? To Brazilian waters. Who will benefit from this? George Soros.

    George Soros said during the campaign he would buy the white house.........the proof is in the pudding

    One
    Big
    Awful
    Mistake
    America

    June 15, 2010 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  9. Ron

    We don't need a speaker but a LEADER!! The way this has been handled by the Obama administration is either intentional (which I doubt) or purely incompetent. Do you know 13 (THAT'S THIRTEEN!!) countries offered help within the first two weeks and this administration said NO!! A true leader would get all the relevant parties together and find out what the cause is, how to fix, and how to best clean up BEFORE it gets to the coast. 13 countries offered help without being asked and this incompetent president isn't looking to be a leader but rather trying to find out who he can blame. That's what you get when you elect a president that has NEVER been a leader in an area of responsibility. A Community Organizer as president? Well, now you see how well THAT prepared him to be president. What a useless individual.

    June 15, 2010 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  10. Lift it

    He needs to do away with the ill conceived and very devastating moratorium on offshore drilling, he is shutting down half the workforce on the gulf coast to let a bunch of appointed officials, (who probably know nothing of the drilling industry) dictate the future of jobs on the coast. Put someone in charge of policing the drilling operations who knows what they are doing and place devastating fines on these companies when they try to shotcut to save money, this would offset any savings they had in mind. Moratorium is a bad deal all the way. (Unless your trying to promote green power that is.)What will happen to the price of gasoline fuel oil etc. because of this? Meanwhile the unemployment rates will rise. Agenda, Agenda, Agenda.

    June 15, 2010 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  11. Roy G.

    Obama is a complete embarrassment. Unfortunately, it has now gone beyond just shameful, but he has cost the Gulf and the whole U.S. We are all going to be paying more than one price tag for years from Obama. How could we have been so stupid to vote for just a charismatic, charming and appealing person rather than a leader with experience? It is our fault.

    June 15, 2010 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  12. AEK

    It would appear to me that the same people now complaining that President Obama is not applying enough pressure on BP and that the federal government isn't doing enough to help are the same ones who constantly complain about the federal government interfering with the operation of big business. Same people who condemned the stimulus plan on TV and accepted and took credit for the money in front of their constituents. Apparently they think the rest of the country is as ignorant as the people who vote for them!

    June 15, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  13. johnnyhouse

    I am not an Obama supporter but just what would you do about this oil spill? He has to depend on the oil companies. He did not create this mess. Many men died in this explosion and the ones who made the decisions to cut corners at the top should be shackled now and the rest put to work stopping this mess. Get every mind in the oil drilling business to figure an answer to this problem and then put blame.

    June 15, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  14. long-term impact on a way of life that has been passed on for generations

    a fear?

    Obama, our grand children will be finding this oil on the beaches, by then it will be a feature and they will be selling tours about the great BP debacle

    will their be any wild life left to see on those tours our grandchildren will take, no

    will the number of health related problems at the gulf coast be huge, certainly

    will people live somewhere else, definately

    so, just wait long enough and problem solved, no one will live there and no need to go after BP

    take the path of least resistance, takes less effort, more time to watch soccer

    June 15, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  15. Ernie

    I'm tired of hearing all his speeches he's all talk no action. He's a do nothing President he wants to see the country fail and people to be dependent on the government. All the speeches and all the press confreneces and all the tough talk isn't goning to clean up the oil that is on U.S. shores. He likes seeing people out of work an business going out of business so everything can be government runed and owned like it is in China. I hope all the people who voted for him and change are getting their votes worth. The worst is yet to come.

    June 15, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  16. NVa Native

    Of course the anti-American political and social radicals will trash our President while blaming him for everything past and present, oil spill or not, no matter what he says or does.
    All they care about is promoting the failure of our President and us.

    June 15, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  17. snow

    I will be glad when this no load nobummer leaves this area. Just one long photo op with no solutions. I would rather Governor Jendal be leading this country through this oil spill crisis because he does have solutions unlike nobummer.

    June 15, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |