May 27th, 2010
05:18 PM ET
13 years ago

Louisiana Dem gets emotional over oil spill's impact

Washington (CNN) - Louisiana Democrat Charlie Melancon lost his composure Thursday during a Capitol Hill hearing about the Gulf oil spill.

"Our culture is threatened. Our coastal economy is threatened. And everything that I know and love is at risk," Melancon, who represents many of the affected Louisiana shoreline areas, told his Capitol Hill colleagues.

Unable to finish reading his prepared statement, Melancon submitted it for the congressional record and then walked out of the hearing room as other lawmakers sought to comfort him.

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  1. Ann

    BP knows it is going to go bankrupt over this. Therefore, they could care less about what the repercussions are, or for the world for that matter. Such is the conservative mindset.

    May 27, 2010 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  2. Josh

    this was great to see a politician show this type of sincere emotion...there was no politics or spin in his eyes...

    on another note, how can people blame the administration. isn't it those conservative who cray drill baby drill! what could have obama honestly done to stop the drilling?! the national guard, or army core of engineers don't have the tech to handle this mess...only BP can fix this...

    this is different than bush and fema...who took a 5 freaking days to deliver water after hurricane katrina...lets not compare the two.

    May 27, 2010 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  3. jbb

    There is enough blame to go around for this tragic event, but I think that we can certainly look to then VP Dick Cheney and his relations with Hallaburton, and better yet what about the closed door meetings with Oil Execs. while he was VP. Also I believe that most restriction were lifted during the Bush years. The Republicans have been in bed with Big Oil and Big Corporations for years and this is just one example of what is happening. The little guy is the one who will suffer and take the blunt of this tragedy.

    May 27, 2010 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  4. Jinny Lee

    But our addiction to oil continues...................

    May 27, 2010 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  5. Bob Stephens

    The federal Government dropped the ball big time on this one. The Feds look like the proverbial deer in the headlights trying to fix this problem. The 2012 election is going to be very interesting.....

    May 27, 2010 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  6. phoenix86

    I cry for America and the damage she is suffering at the hands of democrats and the fringe left.

    May 27, 2010 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  7. BJane Yeager

    there should be more open passion about what is happening. Get people angry, involved and get a solution NOW.

    May 27, 2010 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  8. trlamons

    How can you not cry too over this great tragedy? I like this guy because he actually seems to care and he gets it.

    May 27, 2010 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  9. Ken

    It is a mess in LA, and the deep water leak needs to be stopped. At the same time, Oil Production has been a major economic lifeline to this economicaly starved area for the last 40 years. The answers are not as simplistic as many believe.

    May 27, 2010 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  10. Mark

    I don't one dime of my taxes paying for this. This is either a state issue or BP's problem. This also isn't BO's problem. This is a hurricane that we watched for the better part of a week, this was a blowout caused by an oil company. No bailout for big oil.

    May 27, 2010 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  11. Richie

    WHERE ARE THE BOATS SKIMMING UP OIL??? Why do I keep seeing aerial photos of wide expanses of ocean, covered with oil, and not a boat to be seen. WHERE ARE THEY?? What the heck is the Coast Guard doing?

    May 27, 2010 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  12. Ridgeway

    Sorry for the leak, sorry for Katrina, sorry for all the bad stuff that happens to Louisiana. Here's the question. Who cries for Nashville? Who in Nashville blamed Obama for the flooding? Not the same as New Orleans blaming Bush? Yeah, big difference. People in Nashville are expected by birth to take care of themselves and not count on the government. Get it. Think about it. Happens every day in some form or another.
    PBS "Dangerous Journeys" washed out road in Uganda nothing but a mud pit. Used to be paved when Europeans were there. Not any more.
    A Uganda looks in the camera and says, "White men need to build us roads." Get it.

    May 27, 2010 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  13. Dorkus Maximus

    It's nice to know there are some in politics who can shed tears over something other than being found out in an affair. I'll take someone like Melancon any day over some slick-talking pompous pandering poser.

    May 27, 2010 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  14. Randy

    I'd cry too if the federal government had failed to require adequate safeguards, and my President was more busy pacifying the President of Mexico than dealing with this tragedy. President Obama needs to learn the difference between being a Senator (writing laws) and being a President (leading and doing).

    May 27, 2010 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    I believe in karma-what goes around comes around.

    May 27, 2010 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  16. wally

    This is worse and will be longer lasting than 911.It was brought on by global oil,politicians,and most importantly the money paid by oil giants to Iran to finance their nuclear weapons.The Mullahs are smiling,waiting for the right day to pounce.This was an indirect but inside job of terror financed by Radical Muslim wealth.

    May 27, 2010 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  17. windrider

    First Katrina and now this. The people of Louisiana, which is getting the brunt of the oil, must feel horribly devastated. New Orleans has never been the same because so many political obstacles and deals in back rooms deprived ordinary homeowners of the help they needed to clean up and rebuild. Thousands are STILL homeless because there's no affordable housing. No jobs. Few schools and hospitals.

    Louisiana is a priceless American heirloom. The land and its people and cultures are absolutely unique, and uniquely American. And to simply stand there and watch the oil roll in on the tide because the booms can't hold it back, and the cleanup crews haven't been hired by BP yet.

    Yes, these are America's wetlands. And these are America's people who face the prospect that their entire way of life is going to be destroyed, and once it is, there IS no 'setting it right'.

    We should all be weeping tonight.

    May 27, 2010 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  18. RKD

    I cried watching this, there is nothing wrong, absolutely nothing wrong about being emotional about this. We're human, this is our home, this is our land. I'm Canadian, have never been to Louisiana or any of the states being affected by this spill, or even to the Gulf of Mexico. But this hurts. This hurts me as much as it is hurting you guys in America. I will do whatever I can to help you guys.

    May 27, 2010 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  19. Nija

    You use the same gas to drive Pls..................

    May 27, 2010 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  20. wally

    Why don't we all just give up and surrender to the Saudis' or the Iranians ? They are beating us .

    May 27, 2010 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  21. Karl in Charleston,SC

    The role of government is to do the things that we as individuals and small groups can not do. The Democrats screamed that President Bush did not do enough after Katrina. All of us should be sceaming that President Obama has not done enough with this spill.He has abdicated controll over the spill response to BP and that's the same as letting Fannie and Freddie, Wall Street and the big banks regulate themselves. The results will be the same. The fishing, tourism and oil industries will sufer for decades.

    But at least we have screwed up health care legislation!

    May 27, 2010 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  22. Patriot1239

    I love listening to all the oil bashing tree huggers up in arms over the many cars do you own? How many miles per gallon is your suv or sports car? How many square ft are you heating in the winter? Liberals are nothing but's an ecological nightmare, but don't act like you're surprised or upset, when you're not.

    May 27, 2010 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
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