August 14th, 2010
01:29 PM ET

Obama: Gulf beaches 'clean, safe and open for business'

On his fifth visit to the Gulf Coast since the start of the BP oil disaster, President Obama on Saturday reminded Americans that the cleanup effort has been successful and that the region's beaches "are clean, safe and open for business."
"That's one of the reasons Michelle, Sasha, and I are here," Obama said
in Panama City, Florida.

The president thanked everyone who worked on the massive cleanup.
"Many of the folks here have toiled day and night  - spending weeks,
even months away from their families -  to stop the leak, remove the oil, and protect waters and coastlines," Obama said. "So I want to thank all those who continue to participate in this effort."

Obama reassured residents that the government will "continue to monitor and remove" oil that reaches the surface or washes up on shore.
He said he "will not be satisfied until the environment has been
restored, no matter how long it takes."

Earlier in the day, Obama met with business leaders hurt by the oil disaster.

soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Brian

    The beaches aren't just clean, they are better than ever before. According to some pictures BP released, you can now see penguins, walruses and orcas frolicking in the waters or even up on the shore.

    Ya think BP was photoshopping again?


    August 14, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Democratic Activist

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    August 14, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. reaper

    It's like it never happened!

    August 14, 2010 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bertrand

    Reason why the White House would only deliver a home-made pic of Obama swimming and not allow outside photographs is some whole lot of material was probably involved around.

    August 15, 2010 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
  5. bookings down

    reduced vacation bookings are the governments fault. they released their doom and gloom model which virtually guaranteed the oil would come up the east coast. any sane person who hadn't booked yet for vacation would have looked at that model and changed their mind.

    August 15, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  6. chillipepper

    Well if Obama actually did swin in the gulf. It was about as far as you can get from Louisiana where the oil rig was. Why didn't Obama swin off Louisiana? Obama is such a fraud.Or they wouldn't let him swim there because they know it's still dangerous but they tell the public it's ok. Does anybody trust what so called experts tell you anymore? NOT ME! especially when it comes to health. You got to use common sense most of the time.They just might just wrong about it being safe.Thats not hard to believe is it? Or they know it's not safe and are trying to make Obama look like he did a good job on the clean up. people wouldn't show symtons until Obama is out of office.

    August 16, 2010 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
  7. Rastas Rufus

    IF the the Gulf is as clean as they SAY IT IS ~ why was the President and family swimming in Alligator Bay INSTEAD of the GULF???????

    August 18, 2010 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |