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. Deirdre

    Rick Sanchez.....you need to give it a rest!!! You're beginning to sound like you have a PERSONAL bone to pick with our President....I've changed the channel!

    May 28, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josey

      Yeah, Larry do sound like he got a personal issue with our Intelligent, strong, magnificent PRESIDENT OF THE USA, Mr. Obama. Larry, you need to lay off a little. He's doing what he can do. I would ask for your sugguestion but I'm afraid you will do a G. Bush " Uhhhh ". If you are not apart of the solutioin then clearly you are the problem and others like you.

      May 28, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sheri Monnerjahn

    I live in New Orleans and was listening to our talk radio program before Obama spoke, people we calling in from Grand Isle saying that all the people that were working on the beaches while he was there got on buses and left as soon as he was gone. Now that is something you ought to look into. They left in Jefferson Parish School Buses.

    May 28, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Michael

    Someone needs to give Rick Sanchez some guidance about reporitn the news rather than trying to interpret technical issues. He really embarrased himself secveral times about the technical issues of the top kil and when he interviewed a technically competent person, he was nice enough not to tell Rick he was out of his league. My advice is to get competent technical people and ask good questions rather than embarassing CNN by journalist trying to be engineers or scientist.

    May 28, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Bradley

    Hey everyone checkout CBS.Com and look at the episode on the Alaska oil spill if you want to know how this whole thing is going to play out! Even the Mayor of their town committed suicide from stress and depression from the spill.

    May 28, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Danielle

    This is like an hemorrage of mother Earth... Call a surgon. It is not because we don't see the mess that it is not EMERGENCY. Please stop talking and ACT FAST with all the volonteers, fishermen, army, super minds, every American should be doing something. We criticize the slow action in Haiti..... Let's go!!!! This is war emergency against inaction!!!

    May 28, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. FRANK CT

    OBAMA ADMIN HAS NOT HANDLED THIS CRISIS WELL AT ALL. IF THIS WERE ANY OTHER PRESIDENT THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN CRUSIFIED.. THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU HAVE A PRESIDENT WITH NO LEADERSHIP EXPERIANCE.. WE WOULD BE BETTER OFF WITH BUSH/CHENY AT LEAST THEY WERE OIL MEN MAYBE THEY WOULD HAVE HAD A BETTER IDEA OF HOW TO HANDLE AN OIL CRISIS.. WHY HAVE THEY NOT TRIED TO IMPLODE THE WELL CLOSED WITH IMPLOSIVE EXPLOSIVES, I FIND IT HARD TO BELEIVE THAT WITH ALL THE TECHNOLOGY IN AMERICA WE CANT PLUG A HOLE...

    May 28, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josey

      Frank, how dare you! You and the whole world saw what Bush and Cheny did,, put us back 10-15 years. Are you serious. You really need to open your eyes and see the big picture. We finally have a descent person who can speak and pronounce his words when addressing the Nation no including taking on all types of worldly problems and you want to compare him to those two. No, if Bush was in office while this happened, he would just go on vacation.

      May 28, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. keith

    Hello i am a resident of louisiana and frankly its appaling how every one fr5om all over the country seemds to now be experts in a situation thye know nothing about. yes its a tragic turn of event s whats going on in the gulf, however hardlty would i ever confuse the blame of this catastrophe on our government. the right thingsd are being done as quicly as possible im sure, i do feel the pain that the lower areas are experiencing lack of business as normal, unemployment due to this disaste, myself i have experienced spending weekend after wekend on gtrand isle during holidays fishing ion the surf day after day to imaginree this never happening again is a dreadful thought. however staqrt looking inside your self before pointing fingers. i didnt vote for obama in the last election but i can assure you hes got my vote in the next. his heart is with everyone in the gulf regionand i find it apalling to her someone label this as his Katrina ! i lived thru that and rita as well to even compare this with a natural disaster is appaling.step back take a deep breath and lets get that well topped the clean up will follow as we did after those hurricanes. were louisianians we will come back.

    May 28, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. FRANK CT

    MAYBE WE CAN BORROW SOM LAVA FROM ICELAND, THAT MIGHT CLOSE IT...LOL

    May 28, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. larry

    Just what most people that don't have an agenda knew what would happen Sherri. But people here just want to pretend that there is a big disconnect and blame news people as being biased. Does anyone here not believe Sherri? This is not a big suprise to me and if you don't want to believe her that is your decision. Put your head in the sand, oh wait don't do it in Louisiana you will have oil on your head!!! Blame CNN that will help the poor Gulf and it's people.

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

    Two days ago I issued a blog stating that I did'nt believe the "top Kill" method would work so long as they leave the broken pipe to vent out the top of the blowout valve. It does'nt suprise me at this point that they have not been able to plug this leak thus far as the path of least resistance remains to be the broken drill pipe . I understand they have already
    done some degree of a "junk shot", but nobody is saying wheather it was effective in any way. Again, I can't believe
    it would work if the drill pipe is left open one one end! All the "junk", would simply be ejected out the open end ofI the pipe! To stop this from happining, one would have to secure some form of "screen" on the end of the pipe which has a mesh slightly smaller than the smallest pieces of "junk" which would be shot into the pipe. This would cause the "junk"
    to build up and effectively block the flow of anything from the output of the pipe! In view of the above mentioned facts
    and on going discussions on CNN with various "experts", how is it possible to measure or exert a pressure down a pipe
    that exceeds the exsisting pressure at the other end of a pipe which is open to the sea? This appears to me to be above the law of physics!

    May 28, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Arnie

    I was very critical of the administration for their response on this spill and now after much understanding of the undertaking of this event, There is not much he could have done. I am sure the people in put in charge is competent at least I will hope to make the decision to get things done without the President having to be in LA. I don't see anyone else with a solution.

    May 28, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Chris Nichols

    I am very dissappointed in the direction your coverage is going concerning the terrible oil spill in the gulf. Everyone agrees it is a horrible disaster,but there is still an entire world of events that is going unnoticed while you are obsessing about this problem. Incredibly stupid questions that your afternoon reporter seemed to think were important, but were answered several days ago by British Petroleum. Now there are trying to build this story into its own news channel. I'm switching you off, until you can regain your composure & do what the public expects, which is give us the news & not beat us over the head with one headline.

    May 28, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Steve

    This is not and was not rocket science. Someone dropped the ball when it came to containment, lots of finger pointing.
    when in fact if the booms had been laid and people and there is alot of unemployed that could have been trained in a short period – and people were there and coordinated/stagged with equipment this environmental apocolips and there were alot of lips flapping would have been caught SPILL basics contain first CONTAINMENT were was it???
    They need portable oil/water seperators, level b/c response if the fumes are that bad, drums and a bunch of air boats ti get this equipment up into the back areas pump it offload to tankers and go back for more instead of the show case that is happening hire more people and make BP pay its time to get to it

    May 28, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ray

    To continue with the "top kill" without at least slowwing down the leakage is a futile waste of time and resources!
    They should first install some form of screen on the output of the broken pipe, do a "junk shot", which would probably
    also seal the smaller leaks in the pipe, and then resume the top kill proceedure!

    May 28, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  15. tilmeismoney

    Nice guy Obama is going to take full resposibility to resolve the crisis, NOW THAT THE LEAK IS PLUGGED. Thanx a lot.

    May 28, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
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