June 15th, 2010
09:51 PM ET
12 years ago

DNC: Obama's committment to the Gulf Coast is 'unwavering'

Tim Kaine, Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, issued the following statement after the president's Oval Office address Tuesday night:

“The ongoing oil spill is nothing short of a catastrophe. It is a source of pain and suffering for Gulf Coast natives and wildlife alike, and it will have long-term consequences for the Gulf Coast environment and economy. Tonight, President Obama made it clear that his Administration is doing everything necessary to address the ongoing disaster in the Gulf, and that they will continue to do so. That message is in keeping with the President’s efforts to date and the message that he delivered to Gulf Coast business owners and workers earlier this week and in previous trips to the Gulf.

“The President’s commitment to the people of the Gulf Coast is unwavering. He is dedicated to ensuring that they are fully compensated for the short-term economic losses resulting from the spill, that they are empowered to return to their businesses and way of life as soon as possible, and that they suffer no long-term harm as a result of BP’s failings.

“In addition, the President is taking steps to prevent a catastrophe like this one from occurring ever again. The bold measures outlined in his address, from rooting out corruption and reinvigorating enforcement of the energy sector to jumpstarting the clean energy sector with a comprehensive energy and climate bill, are the basic ingredients of a sustainable future.

“The President has made it clear that America’s energy future should not be a partisan issue. In that spirit, I urge Republicans to join with Democrats in Congress to pass comprehensive energy and climate legislation and take all necessary steps to assure that we have all of the tools that we will need to end the BP oil spill crisis, compensate spill victims, stave off major spills in the future, and chart a course toward energy security and sustainability.”

Filed under: DNC • Energy • Obama Oil Speech Reax • President Obama • Tim Kaine
soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    What some Republicans and other fossil fuel providers don't seem to understand is that we need to develop this now. If we can corner the market on these better sources for electrical power generation and sources of energy for transportation, we can make money by leasing the technologies. We can do the short term thinking and stick with old fossil fuels. Instead, we develop and sell the technology. If we think really long run, we can develop it here and put our fellow citizens to work.

    June 15, 2010 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  2. John

    How can the GOP argue that this issue shouldn't be partisan when their statement was issued seconds after the president made his live announcement? It makes no sense to me...

    June 15, 2010 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  3. w l jones

    Well all BP need to do is lower a large pipe with a cup on the end over the hole and sink it ine ground the pressure will force the oil to the surface and tranfer to wating tanker proplem solve Wl.

    June 15, 2010 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  4. ajax

    Seems like i've heard this all before.Bush said the same thing about support for the region being unwavering.And where on earth did he come up with the number 90% of the leaked oil will be sucked up in a matter of weeks? Has he been in the weed patch again?And please Mr. President quit using this disaster to push for your agenda on energy.Spend the time on ways to get the oil out of the Gulf before hurricane season does something nasty.Finally,although not related leave the whales alone.Quit trying to lift the ban on killing them that has been in place for many years by the international community.

    June 15, 2010 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  5. Isabella

    I would have liked to hear why it took him so long to respond to this enormous catastrophe.
    Why did Obama and his administration ignore the many offers of international help , expertise and equipment that were ready and on standby within a couple of days after the spill occurred.
    If Obama wants to lay blame , he should look a bit closer to home as well than just making uninformed and irresponsible threats against BP.
    39 % are American shareholders , 40 % being British.
    Crews operating the rigs were mainly American and the over seeing rules and regulations were set and implemented by the federal government.
    At this time we don't need rhetoric and empty promises , rather concentrate on plugging the hole , stop the oil and thereafter examine the cause and hold the right people accountable.

    June 15, 2010 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  6. Danny Hossley

    Mr. President it's been 8 weeks now, do something, please stop talking and telling us what you are going to do to BP. Do something for the people of the Gulf. It's been 2 weeks since you stopped drilling and still haven't set any new standards. You are about to double our problems, the fishing industry is shutting down and now you're going to shut down our oil business. DO SOMETHING, PLEASE QUIT TALKING...we don't need any more commissions or studys, we need action. Get 'er done!

    June 15, 2010 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  7. Brian Riback - Waldwick, NJ

    Blah blah blah...same you know what, different day. Republican, Democrat...what a waste of time. Can someone please get the mafia to run our government? At least things will get completed.

    June 15, 2010 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  8. Louisianan

    That's good to hear about the commitment. But tens of thousands of people here whose livelihoods, source of income, and futures have been lost needed to hear specifics about an actual plan. Inspiring words, great oration, but no substance. Tonight was the time to provide peace of mind to the people of the Gulf by stating specifically what will be done; not taking the time to promote legislation.

    June 15, 2010 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  9. Augsbee

    Did he listen to the same speech I listened to because the President same much about nothing. He didn't say How and When. This was a promotional speech about starting a new energy venture.

    June 15, 2010 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  10. Uldarico Edquid

    I have a blue print plan to stop the cruel oil leaking from the bottom of the ocean. If, your are interested, I mean serious business, try my plan how it works. Send an Mechanical engineer to my place or see you in the white house, I'll be glad to come to get you out of your stress, I mean it.

    Best regard to you....ed

    June 15, 2010 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  11. Gayle Leslie

    I believe the president cares deeply and has done all that was available to him as this has unfolded. No one knew how bad this would be, though some of us from the Gulf Coast had a clue. Having said that, I could have handled far more specifics and a more forceful delivery. It was all there, just not decisively enough. I hope his demeanor with the boys from BP tomorrow is far more well, threatening. He needs to make them sit up and take notice and this won't do that.

    June 15, 2010 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  12. Randall in Torrance, CA (USN - Retired) - BP = BIG PROBLEM!

    Obama is on track. We've never faced a crisis like this one before. We need to make sure that any ideas the oil companies and Republicans want is rejected outright. They are married. When Republicans have sex with the oil companies the result is what happened in the Gulf.

    June 15, 2010 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  13. joec

    The answer is simple: DRILL IN THE CONTINENTAL U.S. and forget about deep water drilling. As China and Brazil form ties to drill for more oil (energy) obummer stands poised to further tax this nation with crap and trade! I thought Carter was bad but this guy has no clue when it comes to creating jobs and helping the economy. obummer is the worst POTUS of all time.

    June 15, 2010 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  14. George of the jungle

    Just wait the repos will say no no no. they like the oil money. that's what has been getting them elected.

    June 15, 2010 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  15. Washington DC Insider

    I love how you have to get the DNC Chairman out there to speak on your behalf. I got an email asking fellow democrats to circle the wagons and support our President and give him time to rectify this situation. Ironically, we ask for time for our Katrina, but in a split second crucify the past administration.

    The rumor on the hill, or more the hope in inner circles, is that Hillary Clinton will consider running for President in 2012. At this rate, the concern among the DNC is Obama's slipping approval ratings, and if he goes below 50% you can believe that Hillary's base will urge her to consider a run. I know one thing, I am not voting for Obama in 2012. I would consider Hillary, shoot the entire cabinet including his latest appointees come from the Clintons. At least I know that Hillary and Bill would be able to lead...

    June 15, 2010 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  16. Remember the Alamo

    OBAMA'S COMMIITMENT – This would be laughable if it wasn't so damn serious. Erkel know not what he does. This is the worst President this country has ever lowered itself to put into office. I pray that honest patroit Americans wake up to see the light. They think everything is alright with the illegals pouring in here by the thousands. Without even conmsidering what they're doing is a crime. But this is the mentality of what they put in office. The only thing they can do is critizize a honest, pure woman like Palin. They haven't enough sense to even understand just what has she done to them. OR ASKED THE QUESTION WHAT HAS OBAMA DID TO THIS COUNTRY? It is a serious situation that we Americans have oursleves ito with this bunch of criminals in office.

    June 15, 2010 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  17. ehwilson429

    words just words, very cheap. where's the action?

    June 16, 2010 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  18. malabar

    Bipartisan meaning my way and unwavering meaning only if i'm not campaigning. perception folks. otherwise what was the point of those greek column exactly? uh huh.

    June 16, 2010 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  19. George of the jungle

    well if it isnt a partisan issue read all the repo comments . We have wealty people in Californis buying their way into public office and all thes repo senators and congressmen who would not be in office if it werent for the oil lobby. The wealthy don't cre if we polute the planet as long as they make money. They don't want a moritorium . They are worried about their own pocket book not the little guy. Disgusting .

    June 16, 2010 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  20. Independant from IA

    One thing he should have done and did not was to wave the Jones
    legislation and get the big tankers with the know how and equipment in the gulf for clean up. If we would have done this right away the clean up would be by far less.
    Oh we have unions to keep happy and that is more important than to
    minimize the damage the oil is doing to the enviorment and wildlife and fishing and ect.
    Politics again. Go Figure!!
    Never be to proud to ask for help when you really need it. It is a sign of true leadership.

    June 16, 2010 02:04 am at 2:04 am |