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.

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  1. Josey

    He need a vacation from all his hard working from Bush massave mistakes.....Enjoy Obama.

    May 28, 2010 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Liz in CA

    I campaigned for, donated money to, and voted enthusiastically for President Obama. As friends grew disappointed in his administration's response to the oil spill the past month, I held out strong hope that this man I saw as kind hearted, inquisitive, brillant, and reasonable, would get to LA coast today, go into the destroyed marshes, and get UPSET, then start a TON of action on the clean up. Today, I am extremely disappointed that the President only went to a cleaned up (apparently staged) beach that bears NO resemblance to the heavy destruction in the marshes that sustain the gulf coast and protect it from hurricane surges. He flew over them, but a reporter with him said they did not fly over an area where they could see any oil. I was SO hoping he would go out in an airboat and stick his hands in the goop, or help at an actual clean up site where people have been working for weeks (IF one exists!) It sends a HORRIBLE message when he simply held a seeming photo op on a beach that only has tiny tar balls on it. I'm happy he met with the governors of the affected states, but that isn't what the American people need to SEE him do now. He says this mess is his TOP priority...OK, then CLEAR your schedule, get into a HAZMAT SUIT, and GO INTO THE MARSHES! I was so hoping that he was being "protected" from the overall truth of the disaster by "well-meaning" staff, but that illusion was ripped to shreds for me by that pathetic beach news conference this afternoon. Add on the mess with the brib offer to Stepak and I find myself sadly and very quickly losing faith in him. I cried with happiness the day he was elected; today I am crying in deep, deep disappointment in the man I thought he was.

    May 28, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josey

      Liz I feel so sorry for you. He is only 1 man. And just because he did not do what you would expect him to do shoud not change your entire perspective of him. He is still that " kind hearted, inquisitive, brillant, and reasonable " man you saw. Give him time. This is the time he need us too. I have faith that he will do his best and he won't give up but we must not forget that this is not the only problem that he is faced with, some would say other issues such as ( . Iraq
      2. Afghanistan3. Pakistan4. North Korea5. terrorism6. illegal immigration7. the economy8. China9. European monetary crisis are more important. Keep your head up and pray, pray that he will can and will take care of this. Enjoy your weekend.
      10. global recession

      May 28, 2010 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sandra Royals

    Rebublicans and Democrats need to keep politics out of American disasters...and stop trying to influence how people think..and vote. Freedom of thought is also a Right. Never in the history of American polical history has there been so many attacks against a sitting President, seemingly (sic) led by the media. Why is that? Why are our lives so politicized? So polarized?
    Everyone is looking for "someone to blame" for the gulf oil spill..No ONE person is to blame. EVERYONE WHO DRIVES A CAR, TRUCK, ETC IS TO BLAME.
    Are you to blame??? Is there anything political about you driving and needing gas or oil to do so??? Is BP to blame? Is Obama to blame?? WE ARE ALL TO BLAME. Lets just try to fix it.

    May 28, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Josey

    Red, where are you? : )

    May 28, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ray

    While watching the most recent developments on CNN, I can't help but begin to form certain opinions about what I am
    seeing and hearing regarding this disastorous oil spill. BP continues to prolong their decision on wheather "top kill" is
    going to succeed or not. I'm beginning to feel as though this is nothing but a "stall" tactic to allow them more time to come up with a viable solution! The latest estimate could go for as long as 48 hours! I also noticed the arrival of a new
    and smaller form of "cap". Where did that suddenly come from? A big question! How could the "mud" they've been
    pumping to date actully be at all sucessful in having filled any of the drill pipe below the blowout valve and still
    continue to blum out of the valve for the 16 hours that went by when they stopped pumping (which they failed to
    inform any of)?

    May 28, 2010 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. larry

    Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, North Korea, Terrorism, Illegal Immigration, The Econonmy, China, European Monetary crisis, Global/USA recession.? He is doing a wonderful job isn't he? I rest so easy at night because he is doing a bang up job on all these items he is stuck with. Now he has to add another crisis on his plate and it is RIGHT here! What to do, what to do? He wanted to be President so do your job for Americans for once. It is right in front of him, not across the seas on some other land. Do right by these Americans in the Gulf!

    May 28, 2010 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. oneeye

    I cannot understand what is expected of the President. I really don't see what he could of done or what is being done that wiold change anything. I do see what wasn't done in reguard to regulation and having equipment in place to guard against what is happening to our coast. It has happened before in the Gulf but I guess unbridaled greed again won the day. I hope we remember when we vote.

    May 28, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ray

    While watching the most recent developments on CNN, I can't help but begin to form certain opinions about what I am
    seeing and hearing regarding this disastorous oil spill. BP continues to prolong their decision on wheather "top kill" is
    going to succeed or not. I'm beginning to feel as though this is nothing but a "stall" tactic to allow them more time to come up with a viable solution! The latest estimate could go for as long as 48 hours! I also noticed the arrival of a new
    and smaller form of "cap". Where did that suddenly come from? A big question! How could the "mud" they've been
    pumping to date actully be at all sucessful in having filled any of the drill pipe below the blowout valve and still
    continue to plum out of the valve for the 16 hours that went by when they stopped pumping (which they failed to
    inform any of)?

    May 28, 2010 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
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    May 28, 2010 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  10. michael frey

    Another example of how the Administration is trying to cover their behinds. If they have been in charge since day one why the big delay on the "Kill the well? Yes, the government does not have the technology to fix this problem. So, why beat up on the oil companies? Since Admin took office their goal has been to take over and control American Business. This oil disaster gives them another excuse to take over Private Industry. Enough! Carville said it best, the President doesn't have a clue and is only looking for political points on this one.

    May 28, 2010 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. jerry

    Where is America's ingenuity? Why can't our own country come up with some kind of system to "suck-up" the oil , at least as it gets close to any shore line. I've never experienced such a can't do mentality before in the USA. Where
    there's a will there's a way! P.S. Acta Non Verba

    May 28, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Smith in Oregon

    For decades, residents of Mossville, Louisiana, have said toxic chemicals in the air, soil and water have been making them sick. And for just as long, they say, Republican packed government agencies have done next to nothing to protect them. CNN investigates this town with 14 Petrol-Chemical plants that spew tons of cancer-causing chemicals and other toxic substances into the air. Watch the upcoming CNN special investigation to See how this once rural Louisiana community became overrun with toxins and how the residents now fear for their health.

    For as many decades Republican lawmakers in Louisiana have placed Big Oil's special interests above those of commercial fishery's and the environment. Public schools receiving a small portion of the Big Oil payoff to the State of Louisiana proudly display Oil Derricks shooting Oil out of the top with the words, 'OILERS' on them.

    Sadly when Republican's special interests are placed far and away above the needs and common sense of those they have given their 'oath and promise' to serve, those under the Republican lawmakers thumbs suffer and Louisiana is greatly suffering now as a result.

    May 28, 2010 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ROP

    RESPECT OUR PRESIDENT!!

    May 29, 2010 at 4:28 am | Report abuse |
  14. AkaSuitor

    However, back in the day, Corporations were the most heavily governed. Not the people.

    To make sure they did not have the influence they have today, politically.

    This oil spill has yet to begin. Either a miracle of sorts occurs, where the ocean evenly distributes the oil to just about every Nation bordering the Atlantic.
    Or there is going to be a 2500 mile muck ,slick 4 feet deep from Houston to Maine.
    This monster has yet to begin. it is going to make the Valdez spill look like child's play. There is still some small beaches closed because of the Exxon spill in Alaska.
    And the oil freighter had a bottom.
    Bp's well has no end. Talk about the bottomless well? We are about to witness it, once the ocean currents take change in a few weeks to a month, as they always do in the summer.
    Mexico, and S. America border the Gulf.
    The primary current flows Northward, from S. America, and exits between Florida and Cuba.
    Called the "Loop Current".
    I will take a semi-educated guess, and foretell the Gulf of Mexico is now ruined for the next 30-40 years. A huge basin of oil.
    In 40 years it may be then when we find out what fish and marine life were permanently killed and endangered.

    Either way it goes, this oil spill will forever change the Gulf of Mexico, off shore drilling, commercial fishing,( gone for 20 years? OR MORE), and the Gulfs maritime industry will never be the same.

    Cancun stands a good chance of being devistated. Floridas Key West is a gonner.

    And here we are some 20 years after that spill, and Exxon is still fighting damages in Federal Court. Worse, Exxon has been winning some key cases.

    BP is the 2nd (?) largest oil producer (off shore) on earth. Do the math.

    May 29, 2010 at 5:04 am | Report abuse |
  15. Greg Bolter

    I wonder if this "accident" is a judgement from God because of the U.S. & British involvement in the MiddleEast and other Muslim lands.

    May 29, 2010 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
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