August 14th, 2010
02:20 PM ET
12 years ago

'Our job is not finished,' Obama says on the Gulf Coast


President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama greet a crowd upon their arrival in Florida. (PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES)

(Updated 2:20 p.m. ET)

Panama City, Florida (CNN) - On a visit to the Gulf Coast Saturday, President Barack Obama said that while the gushing undersea BP oil well had been capped, the administration remains committed to ensuring a full cleanup and recovery for those crippled by the disaster.

"I'm here to tell you our job is not finished and and we are not going anywhere until it is," Obama said after meeting with government and business leaders in Panama City, Florida.

"That's a message I wanted to come here and deliver directly to the people along the Gulf Coast," he said. "Because it's the men and women of this region who have felt the burden of this disaster, who have watched with anger and dismay as their livelihoods and way of life were threatened these past few months."

Obama arrived in Florida on Saturday, his fifth visit to the Gulf Coast since the start of the oil disaster, with his wife, Michelle, and daughter Sasha. He will spend the weekend on the coast in a trip intended to relay long-term support for economically devastated areas.

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soundoff (9 Responses)

    OBOZO going to take credit now for fixing oil spill?

    This idiot needs to quit and go home.

    August 14, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  2. Jim El Paso Tx

    Nice of them to spend a few hours down on the Gulf taking pictures an giving speeches. Could have stayed longer but all tuckered out after her jetting back from Spain and him spending the weekend in Chicago. Jesus what a waste!

    August 14, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  3. strong

    We all know that nothing will come out of this.

    Mr. Prez and Mrs. Prez - SMILE when they take your picture and then go home.

    August 14, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  4. Aliene Mason

    President Obama and family went to Maine for their vacation. They have received so much flak I am sure they were urged by Dems. to make a quick vacation trip to the coast, after he and Michelle had been down there before vacation uging vacationeers to come down, water fine, spend money, etc. Now, he feels to help his image they came down today for SHORT vacation to make a showing. Why Palm Beach where waters fine, hotels nice. WHY didn't he go to New Orleans, Alabama, Miss. where they were hurt ing the most and needed vacation money. They were not good enough for them. Shows where the heart is. We need to make a one-term president who continues to makes gaffes in all his decision.

    August 14, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  5. Buster

    Just turned on the tv only to find that lying SOB smirking again. He did nothing about the gulf oil spill for over one month after it started and his administration caused alot of oil to reach shore that should not have. Mississippi finally told his administration to stick it because the EPA would not let them do what was needed without an enviromental study to see what damage a berm would do. How stupid is this administration and the idiots who support him. The difference between obama and God is God does not think he is obama.

    August 14, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  6. Chipster

    There has been an obvious campaign in our local letters to the editor to claim that the Administration did nothing about the BP oil disaster for days or weeks. Other false claims are begin made that Obama prevented help from other nations – also false. The official timeline of events makes it clear that these accusations are false. What I find most astonishing is the fact that it appears to be a coordinated effort with almost identical wording every week or two. It's obvious that their hope is for voters to believe false claims because of the repetition. If you cannot win on the truth, perhaps you should reconsider your positions.

    August 14, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  7. jim

    Obama goes to Florida ,a state in the gulf region that is least likely to suffer from the oil damage .Could it be that there's a political motivation behind this trip?Does the W.H.secretely support Charlie Crist for his senate run and payback for his support of many of Obama's programs?One thing for certain,it has very little to do with concern for people's lives affected by the disaster in the gulf.

    August 14, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  8. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    The President needs some points his poll's are in distress and if really wanted to score some points he would create a federal reserve loan to the people of the gulf coast and use the 20 billion dollars as collateral as the money is collected from B.P. it could be deposited strait back in to the researve with loan fee the presidents staff is his music to his ears and right now I think he is jamming to Tiny Tim .

    August 14, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  9. Bobbie in Maryland

    Keep the BP feet to the fire, Mr. President. Way to go!

    August 14, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |