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.

Watch Obama speak

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.

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  1. NEWSFLASH

    In before everyone whines that he's to blame for the oil spill and how he didn't react fast enough baww

    bunch of children.

    May 28, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Blah, Blah, Blah. Where are the share holders at? Shouldn't they be on their knees?

      May 28, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justin

      Honestly, if he'd rushed over on the day of the explosion, he'd have been criticized for seeking the spotlight. There's no winning with partisans. This is the same kind of a problem that Bush had. Partisans are always the first to chime in and always by far the loudest.

      May 28, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nmccormick

      I think it is amazing that cnn and everyone has just taken everyones recent memory and declared this to be the worst disaster in US history. A simple wikipedia check of the top 15 oil spills of all time will show that the gulf of mexico experienced a disater 4 times the present size and it reached texas shores which even though I am canadian I am pretty sure is in the US. For information and to hold cnn accountable for their fact checking click on this link its quite facasnating to see this exact same situation occured in the late 70's and everyone has forgotten it.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ixtoc_I

      May 28, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phlyx

      HEY CNN.... where's your coverage of Bill Clinton offering a position to Joe Sestak if he dropped out of the race (on the behalf of Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel)??????????? *****COVER THE NEWS***** (not just the news that makes Obama look good)

      May 28, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard

      I have been on Grand Isle all week. This is the truth and can be verified by checking with wwl out of New Orleans. All of this was staged. 20 minutes before the president arrived 3 bus loads of workers wearing new white boots and new t shirts arrived at the location. They began cleaning up. 30 minutes after the president left they all loaded back on the busues and left the isalnd. I do not know who orchestrated this if it was BP or the white house but the president has no clue how bad this is. They have been preparing for him all week at that location and had the workers delivered on cue . That is the only location in the area anything has been done. Check out wwldotcom to see other eyewitness reports of this

      May 28, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phlyx

      Richard, the Prez doesn't care how bad it is, he cares how bad it may affect his agenda. Why do you think so much effort has been spent trying to find who to blame? There is NO CLEANING THIS UP! We should be fixing the problem and THEN these lawyers can find who to blame. You don't look for the source of how a house fire started while you're still in the house and it's still burning.... duh!

      May 28, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cindy Linderman

      What did he really see???

      First, a reporter that was on the helicopter with him said they took him to all of the "best" (LEAST oiled) spots in the marsh.

      then, at Grand Isle, he (Obama) saw more people "working" than WE have seen combined since this started....

      He saw what BP wanted him to see...(or maybe even what HE and BP wanted the world to see??)

      Last night my daughter came home and said they were announcing on the radio for anyone 16 and up that had an ID and social security card to go to a place to sign up to be "hired" by BP for $12.00 an hour to go clean up Grand Isle.

      Today, those people (and many others) were put in vans and buses and taken to Grand Isle, dressed in red shirts, blue pants and white boots. All of these people were wondering around "acting" like they were doing things, like cleaning up, etc.

      AS SOON AS the President left, EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM....were loaded back into those vans and buses and taken away.

      Caller after caller has called into WWL to verify this is what they saw. Several of those people also tried to volunteer the past few days FOR FREE but were told to go away.

      A Jefferson Parish official called and said he is investigating and trying to find out who paid for the buses, and workers etc. and why they were only there while the President was there. I doubt he will get very far. =/

      Bottom line here is.....BP is covering up a LOT, but the worse part is either the President is also lying...or he is letting the wool get pulled over his eyes.

      There is a lot more to this story....but I am so angry right now I can't hardly breathe (or type).

      Again, if you happen to read this right now....tune into WWL live stream and listen to all of this for yourself.

      This is really making me SICK.....

      May 28, 2010 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • O Dog

      Obama should have sent the Army Corp of engineers to fix this problem after it was determined that there was no quick easy fix. This would have garnered him support and saved alot of pelicans!

      May 29, 2010 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Jenkins Henry

      What BP doesn't tell you is that all Offshore Oil Rigs Leak or pore Oil into the sea everyday some moe then other It's an Oil Rig.

      May 29, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jimmy K

      I do not understand WHY BP does not stand the Pipe back up, instead of cutting it. If they get the 2nd generation Top Hat next to it. If they can stand that pipe up it may have the most restriction, I don't think this will effect any of the connections that they want to make when they attempt to capture the flood of oil that will spill out when they cut the pipe.they have the ROV right there they can hook a cable to the pipe and winch it up. if it breaks, so what? they are going to cut it anyway. have the hat ready. c'mon BP. c'mon....

      May 29, 2010 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Christine A Jubic

      I was diddlin round on "expert" oilmen blogs who are saying they are going about it the wrong way,...that instead of trying to put (another) cover over it (one that even BP admits wont stop the entire leak) instead of doing that the experts are saying they should be trying to CRIMP the pipe closed. I wonder why BP hasent thought of that>? Too costly?

      May 30, 2010 at 3:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Donny

      When there is a massive hazzardus waist spill of this magnitude and there is very little clean up being done by B.P. and the U.S. Government is there for protection of our nation, for health, environmental, why is there a question of money. I watched CNN this morning and a man was being interviewed about a solution on the use of oil tankers that could suck up the contamenated water then transport the water/ oil to a tank for sepporation. It would cost about $200,000.00 to opperate these takers a day and other cost for deploying and recalling them. Well in my eyes the cost is minuet in comparrison to the cost of lost jobs, wild life, and the earth. As I see it B.P. should be held responsible for this, but what's to say that the oil that is floating around has to be claimed and sold by B.P. The oil that is floating in international waters could be considered a treasure and should a treasure hunter find it it could be claimed and sold like a sunkend ship being found. Food for thought.

      June 2, 2010 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Protip

    He reacted faster than any other possible president that we could've nominated. He's not Captain Planet, he can't zip down a mile under the ocean and plug a hole, especially unplanned. Durr hurr something bad happened in the country, lets blame the leader.. grow up.

    May 28, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Christina Gonzales

      I wish he WAS Captain Planet! ...but that's Al Gore, duh! But really, the President has some serious crisis-management to do, and I'm not just talking about the oil spill. They've done some things, but they're playing into BP's hands and not holding them responsible and accountable to the standard of transparency that the American people need. The citizens don't want to see him talking about legality and law suits, they want to see him out there in the oil, digging through it, and cleaning it up along side them. The president has to maintain the image that he's on their side...and enforce that image. He's got his advisers up his butt about legality and law suits and not enough environmental Nazis to get this thing really going. We need to protect our precious Gulf...It's not just the Gulf of Mexico (off the shores of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Texas)...NO...It's the shores of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA...and he needs to make it very clear to the country that that's the position he holds, or else this will only end in more disaster.

      May 28, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Protip... Nobody said this was the presidents fault, except for saying "Blame me"

      May 28, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike N.

      Whatever. I bet you would be the first screaming and pointing the blame finger at the president if he was Republican.
      Realize that you did not elect him to be a figurehead monarch and just sit there and look pretty. He is there to act and carry a huge responsibilty, and he is failing on both counts the more I watch him in the office. It doesnt even look pretty anymore. I wonder if the guy feels a bit inadequate now and not up for the job....

      May 28, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phlyx

      Exactly right, the oil spill is not his fault anymore then Hurricane Katrina was Bush's fault. The response was inappropriately lax on both counts... but what can you expect from politicians?

      May 28, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jose Ernesto

      Inadequate and not up for the job! You wish. Remember this? "Brownie, yore doin a heckuva job!" This is a huge disaster and I think it's fair to say the oil industry, the country, and especially BP got caught by surprise – and that's not good. But at least there aren't a thousand people stranded on rooftops or at a Convention Center with no food or drinkable water. Hate on Obama as you like (it's your right and I respect that) but remember who was out at rallies yelling "Drill Baby Drill" a little while back – might that have been you???

      May 28, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard

      He isnt seeing the truth. This whole event today was a fake. All of the workers arrived 20 minutes before he got there and left 30 miuntes after. I dont know if they are shown in the video but notice their boots, All of them have brand new CLEAN white boots on. There is no way you could be involved in an oil cleanup and stay that clean unless you just got there. This is a acam. Either the president is being misled or he is misleading us , either way this is a crime.

      May 28, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phlyx

      No thousand people stranded on rooftops but the millions of people who's lives will be affected by this won't get fixed with an airlift. There is no "getting out". And the damage to the Gulf ecosystem may never be recoverable. This isn't a city stupidly built below water level, this is what was built over thousands of years by nature. This should of been priority 1 from day 1 and not pushed back behind contesting Arizona's illegal immigration law, trying to reform Wall Street, and campaigning. JOB ONE IS TO PROTECT THIS COUNTRY. Job one should of been addressing this spill. It wasn't and still mostly isn't as they're looking for who they can blame more then how to fix it.

      May 28, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      No, he went to San Francisco to raise money for Barbara Boxer and hosted the event at the home of an oil baron. Get help you blind fool.

      May 28, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jim cordo

    this is a mess. bp must stop using the chemical dispersants under water right now. these chemicals are keeping the oil under the surface to make the spill look smaller than it really is. these mega underwater plumes will do intense damge to the fish and they are almost impossable to clean up. this only serves bp.
    these chemicals have never been ... used at any depths, previously only being used on the surface oil. that helps break the oil up along with the sun and exposure to air. these chemicals will only 'hide' the oil and actually prevent it from breaking down naturally by keeping it underwater and away from the sun and air.
    face the fact that the oil is there with no sign of stopping. this 'top kill' doesnt look as good as it once did for stopping this leak. let the oil surface so it can be tracked and cleaned.
    and hire the local captains and other people to get some boats – no ALL the boats -and booms and hay an stuff out there right now.
    what a mess 😦

    May 28, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. diaryofamisEducatedblackman

    I will give Obama credit for being there. In the midst of all the other crap he's dealing with, gotta give him credit for atleast publically making this a priority. http://diaryofamiseducatedblackman.com/

    May 28, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phlyx

      A priority would of been to throw every resource at our disposal at this thing day one.... not start talking about it day nine. And "keeping our foot on the throats of BP" means what? We'll sue them more? Hehttp://directorblue.blogspot.com/2010/05/obamas-katrina-illustrated-timeline.html's put more effort into disputing Arizona's illegal immigration law then he has this oil spill –

      May 28, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phlyx

      http://directorblue.blogspot.com/2010/05/obamas-katrina-illustrated-timeline.html

      May 28, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. herbo

    I don't think leadership is saying "plug that hole" after 5 weeks of the worst environmental disaster in the US. You can't just talk about fixing it. Hey wait, I have an idea: let the idiots who screwed up the rig run the show! How about setting up a command post in Baton Rouge and making sure that Gov Jindal has everything he needs in terms of gov. support? How about moving BP out of the way and letting an international team of experts run the show? Can't do worse than BP has done so far! And why was it was NPR who started getting scientists to estimate the real damage, and not our gov? Oh, but BP testified that it "can't be estimated". That's good enough for me, it must be true.

    May 28, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Suprised

      At least he has the flag (that he hates so much) on

      May 28, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phlyx

      A flag? Really? Like an American one? WOW! What a patriot! Must of had someone else put it on for him :O)

      May 28, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Christine A Jubic

      Also I just read an article in the Huffington Post today that oBOMBa is going to be hosting A PARTY very soon in honor of Sir Paul!!! (The Beates) wont someone please tell him there is a National (possibly International) Disaster going on?

      May 30, 2010 at 3:53 am | Report abuse |
  6. BreakingNewsBlog.us

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    May 28, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. BreakingNewsBlog.us

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    May 28, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      Why wasn't more planned if an incident like happened.

      May 28, 2010 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Gary Traxson

    Why haven't you started blowing hay or straw to catch the oil??? This seems like the simplest way to catch it. This could be done while they are trying to figure out a way to plug the well. It's as easy as hay. See Video
    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6UxiWnCc_g&w=640&h=360]

    May 28, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • AkaSuitor

      Do it!! Start hauling in Hay by the train loads. get it out there now.

      May 29, 2010 at 5:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Buffie

      Yes, why haven't they? Or absorbent pads? Or anything to capture that oil at the surface? WHY!!!??? This is utterly ridiculous. Do anything!! I can hardly stand by and watch any longer.

      May 29, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. daniel

    Obama is a contradicting fibber...he completely contradicted himself in a matter of a few sentences...first stating that there are going to be many judgement calls throughout this process, some right some wrong...and then stated shortly after...if someone has an idea and WE ARE CERTAIN IT WILL WORK then we will move on it. WRONG mr president, WRONG. if you wait until you are certain something will work, then there will be no wrong judgement calls...make up your mind...do something proactive then if it doesnt work try again, dont simply wait wait and wait until the situation worsens.

    May 28, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • mcm,olympia wash.

      RIGHT,lets try a bunch of crap that we dont know will work so we can claen THAT up to,or better still well put it in the way and that can help SOLVE the problem,EASIEST thing to do now is TALK ABOUT ALL THE THINGS THAT SOUNDS LIKE IT WILL WORK,the HARD REALLITY IS is THER IS NO SMOKING GUN ANSWER,EASER TO SIT BEHIND A COMPUTER AND COMPLAIN ABOUT HOW ALL YOU GOTTA DO IS.................THE SCALE WE ARE TALKING ABOUT IS BEYOND OUR COMPREHENSION!!!!DOUS NOT MATTER WHO,HOW MUCH,OR WHAT KIND, THIS WILL GET 1000% WORSE BEFORE YOU CAN SEE EVEN 10% IMPROVMENT.SO TAKE THE EASY ROAD AND BI*T*C*H ON11

      May 28, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • MP in VA

      Hardly a contradiction and really just nitpicking. They are already doing what they can. Obama was criticized when he took over a couple of banks and a car company. Now he's being criticized for not jumping his government in right at the beginning of this. First, BP was giving him very low estimates of the amount of crude being released from the well. Second, the government felt that BP was going to handle this since, "In its 2009 exploration plan for the Deepwater Horizon well, BP PLC states that the company could handle a spill involving as much as 12.6 million gallons of oil per day, a number 60 times higher than its current estimate of the ongoing Gulf disaster." Why would the government get involved if, a) they were told that the spill was not that big, b) they were told that the company could clean up a spill multiple times larger than it is, and c) he was being criticized mercilessly by republicans for his "socialistic" stance of sticking the government nose too much into the corporate world.

      May 28, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dede

      Oh you're being ridiculous. I heard him word for word. He simply said that there are going to be some mistakes because no one really knows how to handle this and at the same time the brightest minds are looking at this situation both in the short term and in the long run. There was not thing contradictory about his comments. You're just looking for problems where there are none. I'm so sick of people politicizing everything. This President is attacked about nothing for no reason other than some people just cannot live with the fact that he got elected.

      May 28, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • keith

      what an idiot! do you seriously beleive what you just stated?

      May 28, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • red

      Guess you never tried any experiments (beer drinking dares do NOT count here) that required heavy thinking. Knowing the problem prior to beginning the experiment will not guarantee a positive result it may save your life. Just doing as YOU say and trying stuff then trying more stuff is a fools way of ding things. Planning and logic will help you from blowing yourself and others to bits. Working in the ocean is very dangerous and you can be killed fairly quickly if you are not paying attention. Try thinking for once.

      May 28, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dammaged

    I watched the SPEECH, that's all it was, I want someone to look me in the eye and not at some prepared speech (Which he spent as much time looking at HIS notes as the people there). You don't need notes when you're sincere, you speak from the heart.

    May 28, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • MP in VA

      Really? You make speeches with no notes? Have you ever taken a public speaking course? Having notes is an excellent organizing tool. I suppose you fire your rifle from the hip and criticize any hunter or marksmen for using their sights or scopes.

      May 28, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • red

      God you are so absolute. Look me in the eye or you are a liar. Don't read any speeches. Can you even imagine what the President of this country has to think about during the day? Go ahead try it,see if you can list 10 things that he may have to be thinking about. I'll give you some help:
      1. Iraq
      2. Afghanistan
      3. Pakistan
      4. North Korea
      5. terrorism
      6. illegal immigration
      7. the economy
      8. China
      9. European monetary crisis
      10. global recession
      Ok your turn. How dare you even try to make out that anyone that is President is not thinking about more than one thing at a time. Grow up, and shut up until you have grown up.

      May 28, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Josh

    My thoughts are that this is a going to be a long, long process. And that is just the fix, the longterm economic damage done by this catastrophe are going to be horrific. A disaster like this was never even thought of by these big companies, much less by the government. Contingency plans for this were thought up by the smartest people they could find really quickly. I do think that the President contradicts himself, but I am not going to speculate on that. I think that the more time I spend speculating about the unknowns, that is time wasted. Really, lets let these poeple do their jobs and quit always thinking that there is a scam behind everything. It alsmost disgusts me to watch the news anymore......

    May 28, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. BOB

    watch what has been tested and worked! and no worries about weeds and invasive seeds from hay.....

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZw_bs4WdA0&w=640&h=360]

    May 28, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Can'tCutAllRedTape

      Lol, some people are just too funny. Do you know how much of that "Material" would be needed? Did you see how much he sprinkled on that little drop of oil and it still wasn't very effective. Some of these people with their solution videos need to step back. We aren't dealing with a fish tank here. I'm sure there are thousands of ways to get oil out of a fish tank but with rough waters and shear amount of oil and water out there a lot just aren't viable at all.

      If it was that simple don't u think they would have sprinkled some magic dust already?

      May 28, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • AkaSuitor

      The video demonstration sure looks good. Hey give it a try. The cost is not the issuehere. And I was wondering how this material would do if compressed against the oil gushing from the well.

      I'll help out if need be. I want the Gulf of Mexico to remain the unique habitat it is. But my heart is saying"Too late">

      May 29, 2010 at 5:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Buffie

      yep, yep. Do something, BP. Do something, Coast Guard. Do something, EPA. Sorry, but, this handshoveling of the coastline and the string of booms at the shoreline is a joke and an insult to the people – I think this is the only remediation I've seen so far.

      May 29, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Kathleen

    Here is a thought.... every body sit down, shut up and watch because aint a dang thing that anybody can do till those relief wells are in place. As far as Louisiana is concerned .... If you are a drilling state then you should already have worst case scenarios in your emergency plans and prepared. Mississippi said they are ready.

    May 28, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Really???

      kathleen is just plain wrong. There is plenty to be done right now – it's called protecting the shore and cleaning up – which frankly is not happening. BP and the Coast Guard won't let the locals do it and yet they're not doing an effective job of it. And before you start blaming Louisiana, tell me what plan Mississippi has in place? Oh, and please note that while Louisiana provides the rest of the country with a large percentage of its domestic oil, the State does not get its fair share of the royalties. Only inland states get their 50% – we're scrapping for our portion which won't get paid to us for many more years. So while you take our oil, without sharing the proceeds, you expect us to be able to clean up the mess. Fine, then get the hell out of the way. So far BP & the Coast Guard have blocked local efforts!

      May 28, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • red

      Really??: I guess you missed the part about the thousands of people (20,000) and the thousand or so ships that are working now to help clean up the mess. The clean up will take a very long time. The oil will keep coming ashore for a very long time. Just because you want it done right away will not make it so. Adults learn that you have to wait for things, especially things out of our control. Please came back once you have reached adulthood and learned to think and analyze daily situations.

      May 28, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. larry

    looks like a staged photo op of our President. Normal stuff to try and convince the public he cares. I am tired of hearing Obama is not an emotional guy like other recent Presidents, if this doesn't get him emotional what the heck will?? I am convinced BP stopped the "mud" last night because they ran out and didn't want us to know just like everything they haven't shared going on the last 4 weeks! We should have done way more way earlier than this to stop/control this before it hit the beaches and marshes. At least have some resources out there. Where is Mutual Aid from all other Refineries, they have booms, experts and people who pratice this stuff all year for just this stuff?

    May 28, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jesse McManus

      So, Larry, if the President makes a public statement, it's a photo op, and if he doesn't, it proves he's disinterested. Seems like some people can't be satisfied no matter what he does.

      May 28, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • red

      Sorry to repeat myself but...

      Can you even imagine what the President of this country has to think about during the day? Go ahead try it,see if you can list 10 things that he may have to be thinking about. I'll give you some help:
      1. Iraq
      2. Afghanistan
      3. Pakistan
      4. North Korea
      5. terrorism
      6. illegal immigration
      7. the economy
      8. China
      9. European monetary crisis
      10. global recession

      May 28, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Tony

    Why do the CNN reports, esp. Rich, appear to, always, have very decidedly and negative slant towards President Obama??? It seems that no matter what he does, CNN reporters are NEVER, EVER satisfied! They cant even "report" the news, without infusing their own, personal views of President Obama.......views and comments, which are always, always quite negative in their tone, intent and purpose, despite the fact that their "reporting" should, at least, appear to be "objective." Maybe, I should link CNN with Foxnews; even better, I'll just change the station.

    May 28, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dede

      Tony, I agree, CNN reporters almost seem irrational. Maybe it's their previous work during Katrina and they are thinking they can hit a nerve. It ridiculous. They are doing the country a disservice.

      May 28, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josey

      I totally agree with you Tony.

      May 28, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Christine A Jubic

      Better off to watch FOX?

      May 30, 2010 at 3:49 am | Report abuse |
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