June 16th, 2010
07:28 AM ET
12 years ago

Obama chooses Navy secretary to lead Gulf recovery efforts

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/06/16/art.mabus09y.gi.jpg caption ="Navy Secretary Ray Mabus was selected by President Obama on Tuesday to help draw up the government's plan for recovery efforts in conjunction with officials in the Gulf Coast states."](CNN) - Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, who will develop a long-term plan for the restoration of the states affected by the massive oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, is a former governor of Mississippi whom the White House has called a proven leader.

The 61-year-old Mabus was selected by President Obama on Tuesday to help draw up the government's plan for recovery efforts in conjunction with officials in the Gulf Coast states.

"The plan will be designed by states, local communities, tribes, fishermen, businesses, conservationists, and other Gulf residents. And BP will pay for the impact this spill has had on the region," Obama said in a nationwide address from the Oval Office.

Last year when Mabus was selected to lead the Navy, the Obama administration released a statement that said: "The president nominated Governor Mabus to be secretary of the Navy because he has the proven leadership and experience our nation needs to serve in this important position."

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  1. D.

    I so wanted General Honore- we know he can and will get the job done.
    Why didn't he reach to a man America knows and respects right off the announcement? Sometimes I get frustrated with no name people in primary position. When is our President going to speak over the 1920 Jones Act? Unions welcome these tankers here. I do not want this to be political – yeah right- but I don't care if President Obama is re-elected: I want him to do what is best for our country. That is why I wanted General Honore running things down there.

    June 16, 2010 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  2. plan for recovery efforts

    really an enlightened approach

    an armed services man has a good possiblility of taking a no nonsense approach

    this I think is a brilliant turn of events for this BP situation

    June 16, 2010 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  3. hilroy

    I do agree that we need prayers. Prayers for the man who has two wars going on, a financial crisis and much more than a president has ever had to deal with so early in his term.

    Serious prayers also for the evil people who may have have conspired behind the scenes to bring about this unusual oil spill and to provide him with his own Katrina or 9/11. I would not put anything pass some individuals who do not like having a black man as president.

    My questions are. Has anyone of the (oil men and their friends)Bushes contacted the President to offer their expertise? He is and never was an oil man.The Bushes know a lot about the inner workings of the oil business and some in the cabal.

    This is strange because we have not heard much from Palen, Mccain, Bush or even evil Dick C.

    I am asking a questions others are increasingly asking. Conspiracy to mess this black President up so early in his administration? You tell me.It is food for thought.

    June 16, 2010 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  4. Stop It Now

    Stop the ignorant moratorium on drilling now and quit killing jobs you goofs. Now on the above subject.Hopefully this guy will know what he's doing. I still can't see the sense of putting a lawyer in charge of drilling regulations though. What the heck does a lawyer know about the drilling industry.

    June 16, 2010 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  5. Duck Fallas

    Navy Secretary? Governor of Mississippi? What the hey does this clown know about the Gulf of Mexico?

    Again, the lack of executive experience is shown in another appointment.

    June 16, 2010 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  6. JP

    It takes Obama 2 months to determine that we need a plan. We need a leader and got a community organizer.

    June 16, 2010 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  7. USN

    Is obama going to pay ? He said no to oil booms , skimmer ships, and sand barriors in the beginning of the first week . 2 months later he has a long term plan to clean up the damage ? What a .. BP started this and obama turned it into disaster and I'm starting to think it's on purpose.

    June 16, 2010 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  8. BillE

    Just another thing for the GOP to say no to.

    June 16, 2010 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  9. MatthewDetroit

    Great Response BARACK.....

    And we criticized Bush for Katrina Response...

    60 Days.....Yes 60 Days in and Barack Finally puts someone in charge

    of the recovery....

    Wow what great and quick response Barack....

    Again Hillary was right.....as Barack Learns on the job.

    June 16, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  10. Randall in Torrance, CA (USN - Retired) - GOP still sucks

    Hopefully, the Navy Secretary will pull from the 2 centuries of Naval experience in dealing with troubles on and in the water. The Navy doesn't play games like the GOP who has deregulated America into the dark abyss of poverty and relentless deficits and unnecessary wars.

    June 16, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  11. Rick McDaniel

    Yeah right. Like he really knows anything about oil.

    June 16, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |

    After two months of doing nothing Obama finally decides to put the Nation's military in motion to do the dirty work. Once again our military will save our stupid politicians butts.

    June 16, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  13. Red by Choice

    Hey Obama, you're late!

    June 16, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  14. Bob in PA

    Nothing against Ray here, but how about Obama actually getting involved in the ocean cleanup first. We don't need a symbolic gesture to solve this problem, we need resources. We finally get all these offers from other countries to assist us for a change and this moron in the White House does nothing. All he can talk about is clean energy and cap and trade. We want action on the problem at hand, not the We need real change in Washington. It's time to get these overly educated weasels (from both parties) out of there and get people that know how to accomplish something other than writing draconian legislation in.

    June 16, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |