May 26th, 2010
01:29 PM ET

Obama pledges resources, but says 'damage' already done

President Barack Obama pledged Wednesday that the federal government is "going to bring every resource necessary to put a stop" to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

"We will not rest until this well is shut ... but a lot of damage has been done already," he said.

Obama said that "the spill in the Gulf, which is just heartbreaking, only underscores the necessity of seeking alternative fuel sources."

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  1. Tom

    We didn't defend our coasts in the first month because those jobs would be temporary. Cleaning up this tragedy will ensure jobs for decades to come. It is called National Defense. It involves protecting the United States from external and internal threats whether they are economic, military or environmental. Now out of state contractors will benifit from another Louisiana tragedy, but the FED has a disclaimer: "BP will pay for it."

    May 26, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kathy C

      OBAMA's pledge is 5 weeks too late. I could only imagine if this spill was under George Bush's watch it would have been his fault or he could care less about the poor people in LA. Where is the accountability and why aren't we the people holding him accountable.

      May 27, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. damiao carlos

    I like so much Obama, I think he is a great president. I hope that everything is going to be all right.

    May 26, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. yvonne wells

    I feel more confident that the Gulf spill situation will be resolved now that Obama is stepping up...swiftly...BP & MMS will be dealt with by Washington when the time is the meantime...lets hope those in a position to solve this...put there heads 2gether and stop this potential disaster.

    May 26, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mit

      Yes, with Obama's extensive Engineering know-how, the spill will surely stop. How dare the brightest Engineering minds in the world try and rain on his parade!

      May 26, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kathy C

      Yes Yvonne. Maybe Obama will help wash the wild life that has oil on them too. Thank goodness Obama is coming to resolve the situation. What a great president he's not like that nasty George Bush that waited several days on Katrina. Mr. Great Obama only waited what? 5 or 6 weeks for this "potential" disaster.

      May 27, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. mike

    Yes the mexicans will have another reason to cross border . In Orange Beach Ala. they are teaching english to mexicans while they wait for the oil to get here.14.00 hr and 100 .00per diem.a day

    May 26, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Susan in NV

    I'd like CNN to examine when and how this and so many thousands of other wells were drilled without the proper studies, EPA reports, MMS docs(well, we KNOW about them) all during the Bush/Cheney/Rove admin. All oil men...all w/ connections to cover-ups via CIA connections/directdealings. This is not Obama's fault. These wells were NOT studied, not approved, and were done hastily while Bush and his oil men were running the country in a ditch. Just another bad train wreck....and where were Bobby Jindal, Haley Barbour, and all the rest of the redneck Southerners while Bush/Cheney ran roughshod over these "deals"? Not a peep....not a peep. They knew!!

    May 26, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. leila

    okay let's see if the next attempt from bp works if not back to the drawing board guys, give obama a chance to get this thing under control along with the environmental hazards but i must say why not hire the people from all professions, divers,fishermen,barge companies and those simply out of work to clean up this mess, quit importing those from other states louisiana has its own issues with unemployment, the manpower is there utilize what you have and don't pay just minimum salary, let's see you get out there on your hands and knees with a scrub brush for minimum wage i don't think so also let's think ahead and get the wells already working in the gulf inspected all the way down to the top of the well bet you got more than one out there with potential disaster issues.

    May 26, 2010 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Damiao

    I hope that everything is going to be all right, it seems to me that the situation is getting out of control.

    May 26, 2010 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. george

    so now that they say its all about cleanup there are a hole lot of people out of work that would be glad to go to work .they say you have to take a course befor you can go to work this course is 40 hrs long why arent they putting people through this course now so that when the oil gets blown on shore by weather they have people ready to be deployed right away ....or do we wait for it to happen and scramble to get things cleaned up .better to be prpared at this time then to wait and see ........COME ON NOW GET IT TOGEATHER LETS GET AHEAD OF THIS THING WE ALL NO ITS GONNA REACH SHORE LETS NOT WAIT TILL THE LAST MINUTE.......

    May 29, 2010 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  9. 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 steel backed fabric down over the leak.

    May 29, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |