May 25th, 2010
02:34 PM ET

Obama to visit Gulf Coast to review oil spill response

President Barack Obama will travel to the Gulf Coast on Friday to review oil spill response efforts, according to White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.

Gibbs and two other administration officials confirmed Tuesday that Obama will visit Louisiana coastal areas. Gibbs said Obama will travel there from Chicago, Illinois, where the first family will be spending the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

The trip will be Obama's second to the area since the April 20 oil rig explosion and fire set off the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Obama first went there on May 2, when he toured the disaster area by helicopter and met with top regional officials and local fishermen impacted by the spill.

- CNN's Dan Lothian and Shawna Shepherd contributed to this report.

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  1. Danielle

    Took him long enough!!

    May 25, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mike

    He should skip raising campaign cash in San Francisco and go to the Gulf NOW. He is already a month late at calling in the mounties. California doesn't want you bird killer barry.

    May 25, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Clint

    O NOW HES GOING TO GET OFF HIS RUMP IN DC AND CHECK IT OUT... WOW ONLY 30 DAYS TO LATE.. Kinda sounds like how his presidency has been so far..

    May 25, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. kathy lambert

    i had to make a comment because the first two comments did not make any sense. He was there in May so i do not know what Danielle's problem is. I do not understand Mike's comments at all. He is going for the second time. Some people complain no matter what he does.

    May 25, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. BreakingNewsBlog.us

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    why the US government doesn't send there the US NAVY to do the right job quickly and STOP this "American Chernobyl"???
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    the FAST and EASY ways to STOP the oil spill: http://bit.ly/c8y9GX
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    May 25, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • roland

      they aren't allowed to because the last people Obama wants solving a problem is the mythical "military industrial complex" it would send the liberals over the wall.

      May 25, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gary

      A rubber stopper, or a balloon, to resist the pressure difference between that of water, 5000 ft down and that coming up out of the well? In a greasy pipe, no less!

      What are you smoking?

      May 25, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. roland

    who cares? what a waste of time and energy to go down there. it's a disaster. we know that. keep the political hacks from all sides the hell away and let the men and women who are trying to fix it do their job. Obama has no place down there right now.

    May 25, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. BreakingNewsBlog.us

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    "BP has told the chairman of the House subcommittee on energy and the environment that it will be killing the live feed video of the spill at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico"
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    BP will kill the live feed, because...
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    1. they are NOT sure that the "top kill" method will succeed to stop the oil spill and/or...
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    2. the will use OTHER and SIMPLER methods, but they don't want we know it, because, if shown, we will see HOW EASY "was" to stop the oil spill WEEKS AGO!!!
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    maybe, they'll adopt a FAST and EASY way to STOP the oil spill, like this... http://bit.ly/c8y9GX
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    please note, that, from yesterday, the Deepwater Horizon Response Facebook Page's adimin has started to DELETE all my comments (and ONLY my comments) with the link to my SIMPLER solutions!
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    why...?????????????????????
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    May 25, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Forsetti

    Friday will keep. The urgency of this won't. If President Obama really believes in open communication, he needs to speak out right now, today. and tell BP that they cannot close off the live feed. This may be their oil well and their disaster but it is not their ocean. What they are doing, for better or worse, ultimately affects the lives of every living being on this earth. This effort to seal off the spewing oil has to be made publicly, in full view of everyone.. We all have the right to know what"s happening. Man up, Mr President! Show some strength..

    May 25, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Fred

    BARACK OBAMA STILL OWES ME $12. I SWEAR TO GOD, IN 1997 I LOANED HIM $12 BECAUSE HE DID NOT HAVE THE MONEY ON HAND AT THE TIME TO BUY HIS WIFE A BIG MAC AND A FISH FILET MEAL. I WANT MY FRIGGIN' MONEY BACK OBAMA!!

    May 25, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  10. holly

    i think that the us marine and navy need to be down there gettin this fixed i have family who crawfish down there and there loosin there job plus everything is already ruined why wait and sit around they need to get somebody in there to get this takin care of asap...before its to late to get this fixed and they ruin what little bit of life that is left is the gulf and louisiana....

    May 25, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Carol

    Let the farmers help with HEY. Check it out
    Couple of farmers came up with unique idea for cleaning up the oil spill.

    http://video.godlikeproductions.com/video/CWRoberts_Presen

    May 25, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ruffnutt

    the reason obama took so long to get down there is cause he's on BPT

    May 25, 2010 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. UpstateNY, Ernest

    ITS FUNNY HOW STUPIDITY ONLY NEEDS A LITTLE CONDENSATION TO GROW, IT SEEMS TO BE EVERYWHERE. WHO WAS VICE PRESIDENT BIDENS NUMBER ONE CAMPAIN CONTRIBUTER???ILL GIVE YOU ALL A CLUE>>>IT STARTS WITH AN "H" AND ENDS WITH A" N" . ANYONE GET THE DRIFT???POLITICAL LOYALTY DOES NOT APPLY ANYMORE IN THIS TWO PARTY SYSTEM. DEMOCRAKINS OR REPUBLICRATS, IT ONLY DEPENDS ON WHOSE : PAYROLL THEY ARE ON...... SO AFTER LEARNING THAT BIDENS IN BED WITH HALLEBURTON......WHERE DOES OUR FEARLESS LEADER / FALL GUY> FIT INTO THIS CHARADE???? ASK YOURSELF. IT APEARS TO ME OBAMA IS UNCOMFORTABLE NO MATTER WHERE HE STANDS>>>FOR OBVIOUS REASONS!! WAKE UP AMERICA. DOES HE OR DOES HE NOT SUPPORT EXTENSIVE OFFSHORE DRILLING???IF THEY GET THEIR WAY THERE WILL BE OIL RIGS ALL THE WAY UP THE EASTERN SEABOARD>>>YES THAT INCLUDES THE JERSEY SHORE "BRUCE". I JUST WANT TO KNOW IS "PITVIPER" OUT THERE TONIGHT????

    May 26, 2010 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
  14. Jim

    Another vacation for obama. Reckon he will get some gumbo while he is there. BP's job to cap the well, His job to keep it off the american shores. Hunt for the guilty, punish the innocent. Don't let a good crisis go to waste.
    Lets do 3 degrees of seperation. Bush was president for 8 years. Obama has only been president for a few months. If Bush would have got a dive suit and inspected every joint in the oil platform we would not of had this crisis. Arrest the RNC, nationalise the papers and new media, legalise all illegal aliens. Its the only way to cure this crime.

    June 4, 2010 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |