May 28th, 2010
05:13 PM ET
12 years ago

Obama promises support to oil-stricken region over the long haul

ALT TEXT President Obama picks up balls of tar while touring a beach in Port Fourchon, Louisiana on Friday. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images)

Grand Isle, Louisiana (CNN) - President Barack Obama returned from a tour of the oil-stricken Gulf Coast on Friday and vowed to do all he could to help area residents and businesses clean up the mess and recover financially.

"We want to stop the leak, we want to contain and clean up the oil, and we want to help the people in this region return to their lives and livelihoods as soon as possible," the president told reporters.

Flanked by more than a dozen Gulf-area politicians and officials, the president - the sleeves of his shirt rolled up - called the oil spill that began April 20 and continues today "an assault on our shores, on our people, on the regional economy and on communities like this one.

"This isn't just a mess that we have got to mop up. People are watching their livelihoods wash up on the beach."

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  1. Mikey

    I hope they start defending the shoreline, especially the wetlands with avengence. It seems that this is where the Administration and put the resources to bear to make an immediate impact.

    Can we please outlaw disbursants, which seem to be specifically designed to hide the problem, rather than to solve it?

    May 28, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  2. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Boss Obama time to take charge and bring in someone other than BP top clean-up.

    May 28, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  3. Naqib

    Nice picture...
    He must have dropped Sleezstaks phone number

    May 28, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |

    BP, et. al. must be made to pay for their negligence.

    May 28, 2010 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  5. Capt.

    Its a good possability he is lost with the way he is running the country.

    May 28, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  6. Exurban Jon

    Did he arrange the tar balls into a little cross?

    May 28, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  7. Kathy

    First to the families of the "11" who loss love ones, may God bless, comfort and keep you during your loss. I agree (and most will), peoples livelihood has been changed and will hurt for years to come. The oil mess by BP is definitely catastrophic to the Gulf Coast and will affect many others also. But to compare it to Katrina is stepping really close to a line of insult to the many residents of New Orleans and the surrounding cities. People lost their lives, their love ones and homes! Livelihood has a chance to rebound, but loss of life is gone.

    May 28, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  8. Len Smith

    He is doing his job and a fine job at that, so leave him be, so he can bring this country back to its greatest as the greatest democracy in the history of the world. He doesn't have an easy task, but his administrations record has been great.

    May 28, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  9. Rabbi David

    I love the photo in this story! You in the media don't get it, but everyday people do. One guy lost on a beach picking at pebbles covered with oil.Encapsulates the whole Federal response to something far worse than Katrina. I don't think we have a Bush or Obama problem.We have an AMERICAN problem with GOVERNMENT. What we have here is a FAILURE TO COMMUNICATE. To quote a rather well known movie.

    May 28, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  10. Chrissy

    So.......Kanye......does this mean that Obama hates black people AND white people AND Mexicans AND Cubans because of his lack of control and his bad job of handling this disaster???

    May 28, 2010 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  11. gg

    if he raised his hand and stopped the leal republicans would crusify him on the spot- just another republican mess he,s got to clean up drill baby drill – all the states that voted for off shore drilling should have been prepared for an accident like this before the first rig was in the gulf

    May 28, 2010 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  12. Ashera

    Sometimes people forget what history has shown them......How many times does history have to make its mark before it sinks in?
    How many disasters, lies, deceptions, and false prophets(media or religious) does it take for the citizens of America and the World Community to see what falsehoods have been sent out there to blind the masses?

    Instead of watching movies about Armageddon, just watch what is happening around you and look beyond what people are saying to divide and conquer the small minded and blind.

    The louder one screams the less important are their messages!

    May 28, 2010 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  13. Ted

    Obama will actually do what he says versus Bush who said the same thing to only then start ignoring the victims of Katrina by allowing that incompetent buffoon 'heckuva job Brownie' run it.

    Thank you Barack for being the leader we all need and bringing the change we need to the White House. It is a breath of fresh air.

    May 28, 2010 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    I must say I agree wholeheartedly with James Carville. GRAND JURY. DO IT. It's time to start knockin' some heads together and kickin' some of these buggers in their teabags.

    May 28, 2010 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  15. Naqib

    What's this say.... I, N, T, E, G, R, I, T, Y... What does that mean?

    May 28, 2010 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  16. David

    Did exactly what was needed today, those screaming are ignorant to the legal posturing that has to be done to ensure that BP has to pay as much as possible and can't limit their liability.

    May 28, 2010 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  17. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Yeah disbursements are toxic deadly chemicals...only makes things way worse. I'd rather NOT eat fish with 10 eyes and 20 flippers that cause genetic mutations.

    May 28, 2010 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  18. Anti-socialism & government takeover

    Why is the president and the government meddling? Shouldn't we let BP fix this mess because regulating it is bad for the economy?

    We don't want any bailouts, healthcare not clean up on the gulf. The oil spill is a natural event. It'll soon dissipate if we let it be.

    May 28, 2010 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  19. E. Holder-Hypocrite

    Picking up tar balls is about the only thing this guy is qualified for.

    May 28, 2010 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  20. Joseph

    I hear cries from the right demanding Obama, i.e., the government, to do something, clean it up. So much for smaller government... Hypocrites don't die, only their brains do.

    May 28, 2010 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  21. Peter M

    Mr. Obama is a good man weighed down by the incompetence of the previous republic administration and congress–the relentless assault on govt; the deregulations.

    Yet now, the Republican hypocrites cannot stop criticizing him for not cleaning up their mess fast enough. These same punks that accuse Mr. Obama for 'govt take-overs' are now screaming that the govt did not take over the clean-up of the mess!!!! How stoopid are these people?

    May 28, 2010 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  22. Slider

    Ah, a nice photo op for our Jive Turkey in Chief.

    Careful, Mr. President, muck attracts more muck.

    May 28, 2010 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  23. ThinkAgain

    This oil spill has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt a couple things about de-regulated markets:

    Companies like BP will say anything (we can handle a spill 50 times this size, no problem!) and do anything (backfilling the drill hole with sea water instead of mud/don't use emergency shut-off valves to save money) to maximize their profits.

    The result? A horrendous environmental disaster, the effects of which we'll feel for many, many years to come.

    And what do people like Rand Paul say? Asking companies to be held accountable is somehow "anti-American."

    May 28, 2010 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  24. Poser

    I certainly hope President Obama is able to bring the resources (people, equipment, etc) to the Gulf coast to clean up the mess. Unfortunately, a lot of the oil hasn't made it to the surface yet so this is going to be a long and difficult process. I feel for the people who made their living in that area. It's going to be tough going.

    One other thought...
    The Tea Baggers won't be happy until they see President Obama borrow Sarah Palin's waders, dig around in the muck, and cry like Glen Beck on TV. How's that Drill Baby Drill thingy workin' out for ya'. Wink. Also.

    May 28, 2010 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  25. Chandler01

    I think President Obama has been doing a good job. I think his critics are expecting him to work miracles. America cares more about the photo op now, instead of reality...which is the reason Carville suggested that Clinton would be down there in a wetsuit. I care more about RESULTS, and that requires the President to be understanding data about the situation...not posing for pictures. I know why he had to go there today, but I think people GREATLY exaggerate the importance of it.

    May 28, 2010 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
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