President Obama is considering a visit to the oil spill area near the coast of Louisiana as early as Sunday, according to two senior administration officials.
The plans are still being worked out, but they suggested Obama is certain to eventually visit the region in the next few days because of the national significance and potential magnitude of the environmental damage, the officials said.
"It would not be a shocker for him to go there," one of the senior administration officials said of the likelihood of a presidential visit.
The officials said that such a trip is less likely to happen Saturday because Obama is scheduled to deliver a commencement address at the University of Michigan and attend the annual White House Correspondents Association dinner.
The president's schedule, however, is wide open on Sunday at this point. He could also travel early next week, according to the officials.