May 2nd, 2010
04:45 PM ET
12 years ago

Obama vows 'relentless' response to oil spill


After touring a Louisiana coastal area, President Obama spoke about his administration's response to the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Venice, Louisiana (CNN) - President Barack Obama said Sunday his administration has mounted a "relentless response" to the oil spill unleashed by the sinking of an offshore drill rig in late April.

"We will spare no resource to clean up whatever damage is caused," Obama said after a briefing with state, local and federal officials in Louisiana.

Watch: Spill is a 'massive and potentially unprecedented environmental disaster,' Obama says

Obama met with the commandant of the Coast Guard, Adm. Thad Allen; EPA administrator Lisa Jackson; Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal; and the presidents of several parish governments after arriving, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said. The president's briefing included an update on the procedures being attempted to cap the well and the economic and environmental impact of the spill, Gibbs said.

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  1. far left

    I don't want to hear another Republican flapping their gums about big government/regulations. When these clowns screw up the first place they run to is the government for help or bailout. Where are all the other Oil Companies in this effort to help the Gulf coast, hiding? NO MORE DRILLING OFF ANY COAST!!!!!

    May 2, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  2. Maria H-Miami

    This is why so some of us said NO to more drilling to Bush and NO to Sarah Palin to more drilling because we feared an oil spill could happen and kill marine life and destroy the beaches and now they say the fishermen will suffer financially.

    President Obama is extremely late getting involved, it's almost at our beaches in Florida also.

    Didn't we learn our lesson 20 yrs ago when it happened to Alaska?

    May 2, 2010 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  3. barry

    no doubt you have your hands full....i am certain you are the right person for the job....i think it is great you flew to the gulf today...but when are we going to see you meeting with the heads of tomorrows energy manufacturers laying out a platform to win the global economic fight for energy independence...flying over the gulf is looking in the riew view mirror...lets deal with this crisis and pivot forward as fast as we can...lead Mr. President...Lead us into this century ensuring our people will have good paying jobs over the next 50 to 100 yrs...

    May 2, 2010 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  4. john

    We encourage you to do your best, Mr. President!

    May 2, 2010 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  5. lizinStLouis

    Obama is a leader....he is on on top of those who are claiming he was late.....the spill was accidental and therefore the visit was not something that had been planned. Considering that probably his itinerary was full..he is doing a great stop complaining too hard.

    May 2, 2010 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  6. Albert R. Killackey, Esq. Kill the Drill, Kill the Drill

    Oil dependency makes our enemies in the Middle East rich, destroys our coastlines and causes global warming. It is time to Kill the Drill! The Green Revolution is here and just like the steam locomotives of the newly built Transcontinental Railroad pulled America out of the economic recession following the Civil War and into the Industrial Revolution, a High Speed Rail powered by a Green Power Grid with pull us out of the Bushes we are nnow stuck in and into the high speed world Europe and Asia have been living in for over a decade.

    May 2, 2010 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Wait a minute!! That was a private company that was supposed to have a plan in case an accident happened. And, yes, it is Bush's fault. because during his administration, everyone knew that administration was not going to make sure regulations were enforced... just like with the mining accident... how many violations did that company have already?

    May 2, 2010 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  8. Darth Vadik, CA

    Now, it's Obamas job to clean up oil company messes because they didn't take the safety precautions?

    I say nationalize the oil companies and give the oil CEO's a final cigarette and a blindfold...

    May 2, 2010 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  9. Liz the First

    Obama's response was slowed a bit by BP's lies about how bad the situation was and how they could handle it. now they're fabricating a dome to theoretically corral the oil and pump it to the surface. it's unconscionable that they wouldn't have one standing by to deploy on a moment's notice. i wonder how bad this will have to get before the 'drill, baby, drill' crowd wakes up to how we're destroying our home with our insatiable thirst for oil.

    May 2, 2010 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  10. vegage

    Where are all republicans like sarah, mccain, steel, mcconnell, bohener, with their unique request of "BABY DRILL BABY". would love to know what they are saying about the spill.

    May 2, 2010 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  11. maripil

    I thank the Lord that we have a president like President Obama, as he is on top of this horrific situation in Louisiana and has taken all the necessary steps to contain a more disastrous spillage to happen!

    May 2, 2010 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  12. UP

    I never blamed Bush for the effects of Katrina nor do I blame Obama for the current debacle. These are things over which there is little control. All you can do is come in and do your best when these type disasters occur. If the weather had been more "cooperative" the current situation might have been easier to contain. But again neither Bush nor Obama had control of the weather. On off-shore drilling what can one say–we need the oil. Until we come up with alternatives and want to continue our current lifestyles we are stuck.
    I would really like to pursue the alternatives but again they cannot be put into place overnight. It takes time. Definitely is the time to start though!

    May 2, 2010 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  13. jimmm

    ummm, the corporation is the one responsible for cleaning this up, not government. BP has failed and goverment is once again cleaning up the mess left by corporate America. I hope BP is repaying the US taxpayers for cleaning up their mess.

    May 2, 2010 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  14. mike

    what a joke for these republican idiots to think that Obama response
    to this old spill was slow lets make something perfecly clear this is not a
    natural disaster but a man made one and the oil companies are the
    ones who are responsible for taking action for the cleanup not
    the tax payer so if they due not have the ability to clean up there
    mess then they should hot be drilling at all

    May 2, 2010 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |

    Depressing news—sorry
    Today on a segment of the "Glen Beck Show" on FOX (Fox Cable News) was the following: "Today, even though President Obama is against off shore drilling for our country, he signed an executive order to loan 2 Billion of our taxpayers dollars to a Brazilian Oil Exploration Company (which is the 8th largest company in the entire world) to drill for oil off the coast of Brazil! The oil that comes from this operation is for the sole purpose and use of China and NOT THE USA ! Now here's the real clincher...the Chinese government is under contract to purchase all the oil that this oil field will produce, which is hundreds of millions of barrels of oil". We have absolutely no gain from this transaction whatsoever! Wait, it gets more interesting. Guess who is the largest individual stockholder of this Brazilian Oil Company and who would benefit most from this? It is American BILLIONAIRE, George Soros, who was one of President Obama's most generous financial supporter If you are able to connect the dots and follow the money, you are probably as upset as I am. Not a word of this transaction was broadcast on any of the other news networks! Forward this factual e-mail to others who care about this country and where it is going. Also, let all of your Government representatives know how you feel about this.

    May 2, 2010 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |