May 4th, 2010
11:33 AM ET
12 years ago

Obama: Those affected by spill should be employed in cleanup


Idle fishing boats sat at the docks Monday in Pass Christian, Mississippi. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama said Tuesday he would like to see the people most affected by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico employed in the cleanup operation.

The president said the spill "is going to affect the lives and livelihoods of people" and the United States is committed to thwarting as much of the economic damage as possible.

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soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. Lori in St Pete

    Right on Larry! Those of us who were against drilling off our beautiful beachs are on standby with our bottles of Dawn to clean affected wildlife, rocks and seashells. The drill baby, drill crowd does nothing but try to call this Obama's Katrina and blame him for THEIR mistakes. Why don't THEY know what to do about the situation since they're such experts? IMO, it's just a matter of time before they change their battle cry to, "the beaches have already been spoiled forever, so we might as well drill here, there and everywhere righ now."

    May 4, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  2. Da Professor

    "President Barack Obama said Tuesday he would like to see the people most affected by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico employed in the cleanup operation. "

    Our President continues to make sense. Of course the Republicans will do their best to send those jobs to their supporters. May their jock-straps snap in Republican faces.

    May 4, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  3. Cosmo

    Not exactly the best idea for a jobs program. How about the executives and employees of BP and the lobbyists and legislators who voted for a law that created a cap on clean up payments for oil companies at $75 million putting on some waders and cleaning this mess up for free. What ever happened to the "founding principle" of responsibility for one's actions, be it an individual or a corporation?

    May 4, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  4. Albert R. Killackey, Esq.

    There are millions of jobs waiting in the Green Revolution.

    May 4, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  5. MN Hockey Mom

    Gosh... Palin's been pretty quiet on the whole "drill, baby drill" idea!

    In making her argument for drilling in the artic, she stated that only a few caribou would "pay the price". What's wrong Palin?? Do you finally see that more than a few clams and birds are paying the price for this type of disaster???

    May 4, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  6. Hugo

    Perhaps President Obama should apply the same ideological philosophy for those of us in the private sector that his Administration along with the past Federal governmental policies with regard to the meltdown that have led to the decimation of our economic livliehoods and well being...Oh but then, whose wealth would be redistributed if not the middle class?

    Remember in November!

    May 4, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  7. Really?

    So let me guess. It is Bush's fault (he is the oil man right), then it is BP's fault?

    Gee Obama didn't u bash all the oil companies during your campagin call them immoral, for making too much profits, unfarily raising the price of gas, and promised u were going to go after them?

    So BP, the oil company, you took them at their word right?

    May 4, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  8. elaineb

    This could have been WAY worse. Could have been an Exxon spill.
    They paid nothing to the Alaskans whose livelihoods were ruined. At least BP give some indication they will do better.

    May 4, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  9. Dano

    It seems only fair to employ the (former) fishermen and shrimpers to clean up this mess since they won't be able to continue in their chosen professions due to the damage this oil spill will undoubtably cause. I assume all their wages will be paid for by BP?

    May 4, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  10. Wisconsinite

    MAD 'MAX' TEXAN May 4th, 2010 11:46 am ET

    YEP and who's gonna watch to see if these paid employees do anything or are you just gonna send them a check OBAMA. After all most of this coast line is around New Orleans and yo people reside there don't they.

    What is wrong with you??!!! You use this opportunity, in a story about a huge disaster which will have a terribly devastating impact on hundreds, if not thousands, of peoples' lives, to say nothing about the animal species that will suffer and what do you do?? You use this to go off on a racist, hate-filled RANT AGAINST THE PRESIDENT OF THE US??!!! You are disgusting.

    May 4, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  11. Dano

    I've read other posts from MAD "MAX" TEXAN and I think he should change his name of Insane Texan.

    To REALLY?
    1) You can't compare Hurricane Katrina to this oil spill. Hundreds of people were killed during Katrina and many thousands needed help to survive.
    2) the tax cuts President Obama wants to continue are the ones aimed at the middle class not the super wealthy.
    3) This comment is so full of inaccuracies and outright stupidity to merit a comment.

    Mark from Louisianna: I'd have to see the number of people that are guaranteed "cradle to grave entitlements" before I can comment on your rant.

    May 4, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  12. Luke Brown

    Yeah, have them help with the clean up ... or make BP pay them $2 million a piece so they can move away, and let the company clean up its own mess.

    May 4, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  13. Maria H-Miami

    I would think that Sen. Landrieu would herself go out there to clean up the mess.

    As for BP, they should pay everyone that is financially impacted by the spill (whether it be a business or a private property or the States) without any of the victims having to clean up this disaster.

    Why do the victims of the spill have to clean it up in order to get paid what is legally, rightfully theirs?

    I don't understand why our government take immediate action? Why didn't they send in the military who are trained in just about everything?

    May 4, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  14. Ryan

    This rig had close ties with Haliburton, and the safety standards were on a decline for years just like the West Virginian mines. And it was a republican Bush crony in charge of all these disasters.

    So this is what you get when you take : less regulation drill, baby, drill = a complete mess.

    Less regulation Union busting = Dead minors with no safeties in place.

    Less regulation wall street bankers = financial collapse

    See a pattern yet people??

    Oh and if you think less government is a great idea then let us know how the cleanup goes when you have to do it yourself or be at the mercy of a private contractor who has no vested interest and will take his time to "maybe" get things done.

    when you insult this government and label it incompetent then at least have the guts to say that to every military member you meet, every postal worker who delivers your mail to your door, every firefighter who comes to save you from these disasters, every public school teacher who has to teach your smart-mouthed kid how to read...

    If that's too inefficient for your needs then move to a country that has less government indeed. Like Nigeria, Somalia, Iraq, Colombia..

    Because they're all working miracles for those people aren't they?

    May 4, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
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