May 28th, 2010
03:15 PM ET

Obama speaks about oil spill after tour of affected areas

President Obama addresses reporters after touring affected Gulf Coast areas.

[Updated at 3:10 p.m.] Obama directs Gulf Coast residents to www.whitehouse.gov for resources on filing claims regarding damages from the spill, noting that doctors and scientists are stationed across the Gulf to monitor the health of residents.

Obama vowed to hold BP accountable for clean-up efforts and financial  compensation related to the underwater gusher but warned there are "no silver bullets" to stop the flow.

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But, he said he ultimately takes responsibility for solving this crisis: "I'm the president, and the buck stops with me."

Addressing Gulf Coast residents directly, he promised, "You will not be abandoned, you will not be left behind. ... We are on your side, we will see this through."

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[Updated at 3:00 p.m.] President Obama took the podium and said he met with Gulf Coast state governors, Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen and others to discuss latest efforts to stop the leak and mitigate damages.

Obama said 20,000 people are working around the clock in "the largest spill in American history."

"This has already been the largest cleanup effort in U.S. history," Obama told reporters in Grand Isle.

[Posted at 1:10 p.m.] President Obama is in Louisiana Friday for the second time since an oil rig explosion sent a historic amount of oil gushing into the Gulf.

He is expected to make a statement to reporters after the tour.

soundoff (156 Responses)
  1. Damiao

    We cannot dimension and figure out about the real damage to the enviroment. http://www.englishtips-self-taught.blogspot.com

    May 29, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Anya Sam

    You can see the pressure and stress on BP from the CEO's face, it just occured due to nobody's fault lets bear it in good faith and stop blaming BP or critisizing the able president Obama and even contemplating on the boycut of BP products they are really doing their best I trust they will surely do their best for those affected. Accept my symparthy God be with you all

    May 29, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. David Foster

    Simplicity – Set two huge ankors on either side of the leak, attach chains with a winch from one ankor to the other, have the chains go right over the leak, weld a curved steel plate to the chains right over the leak, attach a thick flexible fabric material to the steel plate – winch the assembly down pulling the fabric down over the leak.

    May 29, 2010 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Smith in Oregon

    Sadly, many of the creatures living in the Gulf of Mexico that die directly as a result of exposure to the toxic Petrol Chemicals in the heavy crude Oil gushing into the Gulf and the 1 Million gallons of toxic dispersant will more than likely sink beneath the surface rather than wash up on the beaches.

    Indirectly millions of sea-life which lays their eggs on the ocean's floor will die out also and their progeny will be largely missing for decades as the toxic conditions on the sea floor will kill the egg clusters for many years.

    Meanwhile, corrupt commercial seafood sellers will be pushing contaminated seafood to any country or consumer that they can get away with moving it.

    Stomach and Colon cancers will spike making this disaster a windfall for the starving health industry whose MD's are struggling to quickly make-up for the losses in their 401K's and stock investments when the world's economy and much of the stock market tanked two years ago.

    Pet's and animals in America and around the world are also likely to become victims that routinely are fed ground-up sea-food and highly likely to receive the bulk of the toxic contaminated fish and seafood harvested in the Republican Plume of Doom region across the Gulf of Mexico.

    May 29, 2010 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Christine A Jubic

    Thats what some of the experts are saying: CRIMP IT! Whether with concrete, giant pliars, what-ever, but crimping is the way to go,...but Ohhh Nooooo, BP is going to try capping it again,....with no guarantees that it will work, and, they add, even if it does work it is not expected to catch and/or contain all the oil. In other words, even if successful, the dam thing will still leak.

    May 30, 2010 at 3:57 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. David Hoo

    To dramatically speed up the relief well effort, why not do it at a much shallower depth, like 3,000 feet, in June instead of 18,000 feet in August.

    Either convert one of the two relief well efforts to this or start a third relief well drilling immediately!

    June 2, 2010 at 9:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Martin

    How is Obama to blame for the oil spill? BP is responsible for this mess and should have had a plan in action to stop it, knowing that this does happen. What do some of these silly a– folks who are mad because he's in office expect him to do, stick his finger in it to plug it up? Why don't we get that empty headed Bush to put his ear up to it, I'm sure all of the empty space in his head could be used to hold a lot of that oli, after all he'll be getting what he wanted.

    June 8, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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