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 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. Jan

    I wonder why CNN doesn't check on why the industry was deregulated during the Bush administration and the closed door meeting that Cheney had with Oil Execs. First they don't want government interference and call him a Socialist and in the next breath he should be in Louisiana 24/7. Which do you want? I feel sorry for the people who make their living from the ocean, but it isn't like the President can plug the hole with his finger and I'm not sure what the military is suppose to do to stop the leak. If BP can't stop it then I don't know what the military is suppose to do.

    May 28, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josey

      I have that answer, because they excepted the fact that he was not the brightest. When you except something in the beginning, you are not surprised going forward....and you expect nothing more from them. Oh, but now we are feeling the effect..they can kick rocks with sandals on.

      May 28, 2010 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Steven R. McDonald

    Time for this poser to go NOW! He has no clue as to how to mangae ANYTHING!!! All touchy-feely cr–ap, no substance AT ALL!!!

    May 28, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |

    if "top kill" works well... why they need 2+2 days to stop the leak?
    if a thing works, it does it in hours, not days or weeks
    and... if it works well... why they have shut off the live camera near the main oil leak?????????
    maybe... it doesn't work so well... or... they will try OTHER (and unknown) methods to stop the leak in the next 2 days?

    May 28, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Buffie

      Too hard to tell because all they are telling us is that they are shoving mud and cement in there. Here's my best guess. Likely, they are filling the well with bentonite or clay (not really mud like they say) and capping it with cement. Bentonite is introduced dry, it gets wet and expands. It takes time for the bentonite to expand and it takes time for the cement to dry. The funny thing – pressure is directly propotional to depth, therefore, the deeper you go, the more pressure you have. I am a little bewildered as to how they thought this was going to work. They can calculate this very easily. Obviously, they've underestimated the force with which the oil is flowing out of the pipe (surprise surprise) or densities are calculated wrong. I am not sure what throwing solid objects in was supposed to do??? Maybe something really really heavy would have helped, but, golfballs and rubberbands? I am a scientist and as puzzled as you are.

      May 30, 2010 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  4. tilmeismoney

    Here's how to clean up the OIL , pay the looters and gleaners $75 dollas a barrel to skim up the oil, and you'll see 10 million people out ther getting some easy money, and the oil recovered to make gasoline for the refiners.

    May 28, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • red

      Well first of all brainiac it is not oil that can be easily handled and it most certainly is not like most oil 'slicks' you may have seen. This is a globby gooey emulsified mess that cannot be skimmed and taken to turned into gasoline. God you are dense. READ, LEARN, THINK.

      May 28, 2010 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ryan colligan

    If are are all in this together, why wasn't he at the mouth of the mississippi river with us. Sharing in our respitory problems. Why isn't he here seeing that nobody is cleaning oil from our marsh. Why isn't he here waiting on a check from pb that will never come. We sit here watching our wildlife die. Watching our friends and family go broke and hungry because they can't work. Watching our bueatiful land wither away and die. No mister president, we are not in this together. If we were, you would not sit there and let this happen to us. Thankyou for letting bp distroy ouy lives. Thankyou for empty promises. Ten years from now, when our way of life is gone and our children ask what happened to Plaquines Parish. You can tell them it was all for some photo ops and a oil companies profits. Thank you.

    May 28, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Christine A Jubic

      Well said and agreed....he has not even thought to declare the area a National Disaster (eventhough people down there have been asking for it) as would free up more $$$ for the clean up cause....he is doing NOTHING to ensure that BP pays off the claims in a timey manner. Most of those people down there that have lost their only means of income are depending on BP to make them whole right now. The Alaska / Valdez settlement took 20 years cause Chevron APPEALED all claims.....dont think BP wont do the same.

      May 30, 2010 at 4:23 am | Report abuse |
  6. tilmeismoney

    A big pair of hydraulic pinchers could have pinched the pipe shut a long time ago, why didn't Obama think of that? Now that the pressue is down the well will stop all by itself. No matter, the gleaners can skim up the oil at $75 a barrel. And sell it to BP. Guess where I'm headed this memorial day, with my skimmer. Easy Money here I come.

    May 28, 2010 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jeff

    Is CNN going to ignore the Sestak story? Whitehouse favors for withdrawing from a senate race!? Isn't that NEWS?

    May 28, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Oh I see it now...waaay down in the middle of the page. The Clinton News Network is alive and well!

      May 28, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • red

      No there is some stupid report about something stupid happening in the the Gulf that the President is wasting his time on.

      May 28, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josey

      And don't forget he don't care either.....

      May 28, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dave Schneider

    While I think the president is operating with a certain amount of good faith here, there are questions on at least two or three fronts if not more 1) isn't the disaster a reflection of hyper-capitalism and government-lite regulation and wasn't it all foreseeable and 2) whether the national response was fast enough. Additionally much of this happened in international waters and it's worth noting that Obama was slow to respond in Haiti not doing any food drops in open areas like parks after first light.
    It may be true that Deepwater-Horizon is Obama's Katrina but it was foreseeable, preventable and is our national and international shame. And, incidentally, don;t we have a Navy that could have responded to a commander in chief order: cap, neutralize the Deepwater-Horizon asap and I don't give a damn what BP does. Barack Obama, Commander in Chief.

    May 28, 2010 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dammaged

    Let's not kid ourselves......shrimp and oyster industry in the Gulf is gone, that's reality. So now the US is dependant on oil imports AND shrimp/fish/shell fish from other countries for years to come, interesting paradox. hmmm who can we invade for oysters?

    May 28, 2010 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  10. larry

    jeff if you were watching they just spend 30 minutes with interviews and such on just that last hour. Not getting personal just letting you know. As I stated earlier CNN has their own agenda. Our job is to use them and other news to make decisions on what is happening there. Everything being done is not being reported for sure. It just seems to me that way too much time has went with way too little stoppage/cleanup of beaches/marshes. President and his cronies are just like the last President and his cronies. Even some are the same exact people. Politics are just that, Politics for politicians not the people.

    May 28, 2010 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dave C

    All day today watching them trying to plug the leak. Last night on one of the new's broadcast's, two oil well capping specialist. The main leak is 6 miles away coming out of a 21inc pipe. According to them, 265k bar. a day, already 150 feet thick, the size of the state of Maryland and New Jersey combined. They say the one on TV is not the oil, they showed fish swiming through it. This morning I heard one of the BP mention something about another pipe about a mile away, is this it?Is this whole top kill thing a sham and not what's really going on. I was dialing up to see Cample Brown, which was on at the time, and caught the end of this, MSNBC I think. I|'m not some kind of nut, I know what I saw and heard, but I've not heard a thing about it today, just over and over on the leak on TV. Has no else seen this or ask about it. They also mentioned if they continue to try to stop the leak the way they are going, it's 50/.50 chance of blowing up and then really having a mess. They discribed some of the leaks they had fixed, mentioned this is already the biggest one in the world. Whe the one on TV is capped, they said it wouldn't make that big of a difference, as it 's not the main leak. A 21 inch pipe can put out a lot of oil, What's going on. Tk's

    May 28, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Kevin

    Does anybody know what will happen once hurricane season starts?

    Kevin Carney

    May 28, 2010 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  13. brian

    Your about 30 days late in action Mr. Obama....thanks for the can go back to sleep now !!

    May 28, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  14. michael nyc

    I want to be part of the solution – here are my concepts:

    The use of any dispersant chemicals make surface removal impossible and poisons the sea –

    What BP dumped and is dumping in our oceans will not only kill most marine life but will effect the health of tens of thousand of people.

    There are solutions – that could have been used from "DAY ONE" –

    To stop the leaking pipe:

    – Slip a pipe with a shut-off valve(open) and cable lugs over the broken pipe – after attaching cables to hold in place – turn-off valve.

    To seal the well:

    – Drill deep (about 1000ft) new adjacent shaft a few feet away from old shaft – place explosive charge at bottom and fill/cover/seal with cement – explode charge to collapse old well wall and fill with rock, earth etc.

    To slow/stop leak temporarily:

    – Discharge "liquid nitrogen" inserted as far in as possible.

    Thank you – Michael Gruters – physicist / engineer – faculty princeton late 60's –

    917 885 4471 –

    Michael Gruters
    40 East 94th Street
    New York, NY – 10128

    p.s. mud plug may blow back in their face – and waste another 4 days till Sunday – now Wednesday !

    May 28, 2010 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Buffie

      good ideas! Go to and submit your idea to BP in their suggestion box.

      May 29, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Diana

    He's asking for volunteers,!
    Yet there he goes off in his plane on VACATION.
    How aobut him and his little "daddy have you plugged the whole, yet" kids go up and down the coast and CLEAN UP the mess.
    Instead of going on vacation.
    Roll up your sleeve, Mrs. Obama and use your large biceps to HELP CLEAN UP!
    Clean up with other volunteers. if the buck stops here there show them. Yet he's on vacation for these past 5 weeks.Amazing!

    May 28, 2010 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
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