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Obama to return to the Gulf Coast

By Michael D. Shear
President Obama will travel to the Louisiana Gulf Coast on Friday to assess the efforts to stop the oil leak there, White House officials said Tuesday. It will be his second trip to the region and will come just days after BP makes another attempt on Wednesday to plug the leak.

Obama is scheduled to leave Washington on Thursday for a long weekend in Chicago. But aides confirmed that he would travel to the Gulf amid growing concerns about the inability of the the oil company and the government to stem the environmental disaster.

By Micheal D. Shear  |  May 25, 2010; 2:42 PM ET
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Take all the "drill baby drill" ethusiasts to the gulf and tell them to "drink baby drink" until they've sucked up all the oil they love so much. That would be justice.

Posted by: rooster54 | May 30, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Obama to return to the Gulf " Don't let him fall into the water, we'll never be able to tell him from the Slime .

Posted by: puck-101 | May 27, 2010 6:31 AM | Report abuse

What a lEADER!!! What a GUY!!! Goes to SF to dine on quail Eggs and Caviar to help that diminutive Failure for ahuman being, Boxer, then on to Chicago to get together with Ayers, Stein, johnson, Raines to get reindoctrinated on Chicago politics as arefresher, and miss going to Arlington to Honor the Fallen for whom he cares NOT, and finally on to the Gulf for a Speedo photo op with the BP execs to whom he almost gave a trophy for responsible business practices... Face it Folks in Majik Messiah an Organizer or a Leader????

Posted by: redhawk2 | May 26, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

What a lEADER!!! What a GUY!!! Goes to SF to dine on quail Eggs and Caviar to help that diminutive Failure for ahuman being, Boxer, then on to Chicago to get together with Ayers, Stein, johnson, Raines to get reindoctrinated on Chicago politics as arefresher, and miss going to Arlington to Honor the Fallen for whom he cares NOT, and finally on to the Gulf for a Speedo photo op with the BP execs to whom he almost gave a trophy for responsible business practices... Face it Folks in Majik Messiah an Organizer or a Leader????

Posted by: redhawk2 | May 26, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

What a lEADER!!! What a GUY!!! Goes to SF to dine on quail Eggs and Caviar to help that diminutive Failure for ahuman being, Boxer, then on to Chicago to get together with Ayers, Stein, johnson, Raines to get reindoctrinated on Chicago politics as arefresher, and miss going to Arlington to Honor the Fallen for whom he cares NOT, and finally on to the Gulf for a Speedo photo op with the BP execs to whom he almost gave a trophy for responsible business practices... Face it Folks in Majik Messiah an Organizer or a Leader????

Posted by: redhawk2 | May 26, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

What a lEADER!!! What a GUY!!! Goes to SF to dine on quail Eggs and Caviar to help that diminutive Failure for ahuman being, Boxer, then on to Chicago to get together with Ayers, Stein, johnson, Raines to get reindoctrinated on Chicago politics as arefresher, and miss going to Aelington to Honor the Fallen for whom he cares NOT, and finally on to the Gulf for a Speedo photo op with the BP execs rgar he almost gave atrophy for responsible business practices... Face it Folks in Majik Messiah an Organizer or a Leader????

Posted by: redhawk2 | May 26, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

There are over 50,000 wells in the Gulf!!!
Deepwater drilling is a science that is developing. There are thousands of engineers in the Oilfield and everyone is concerned with the disaster. But unlike many of the environmentalists who only know how to criticize and cry, millions of manhours are being spent to solve thte crisis, determine the cause, establish procedures and improve technology to prevent recurrence. This is progress. Unless we all want to go back to riding bicycles and using candles.

Posted by: brooklynborn1 | May 26, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Concerned14...
If you use explosives on the wellhead, all you would do is cause a much bigger hole and a larger problem.
Explosives are used to put out well fires so the well can be plugged.
There is no fire at the seabed floor.

Posted by: brooklynborn1 | May 26, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Message to President Obama from Gulf Coast residents: "Just plug the damn hole" and then get out of town to your next party fundraiser!

Posted by: mpwynn | May 26, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

BP knowingly circumvented safety protocols and procedures. BP knowingly endangered the lives of rig workers. BP knowingly endangered the Gulf of mexico and it's flora and wildlife. BP knowingly endangered the livelihoods of an entire group of Americans in the region. BP with willful and criminal negligence knowingly installed a defective, miswired, improperly maintained, hydraulic fluid leaking, blowout protector with a defective battery in 1 of 2 control modules. BP knowingly and with willful and criminal negligence removed mud from the wellhead before proper cementing procedures had been accomplished. . BP with willful and criminal negligence overlooked pieces of blowout protector gasket that rose in the drill piping to the rig and were reported. BP willfully and with criminal negligence caused the "incineration" .....of 11 oil rig workers. BP with willful and criminal negligence caused the deep sea wellhead blowout in the Gulf of Mexico. A wellhead blowout that is ongoing and causing an environmental catastrophe.

Posted by: iluvmineos | May 25, 2010 10:47 PM | Report abuse

BP knowingly circumvented safety protocols and procedures. BP knowingly endangered the lives of rig workers. BP knowingly endangered the Gulf of mexico and it's flora and wildlife. BP knowingly endangered the livelihoods of an entire group of Americans in the region. BP with willful and criminal negligence knowingly installed a defective, miswired, improperly maintained, hydraulic fluid leaking, blowout protector with a defective battery in 1 of 2 control modules. BP knowingly and with willful and criminal negligence removed mud from the wellhead before proper cementing procedures had been accomplished. . BP with willful and criminal negligence overlooked pieces of blowout protector gasket that rose in the drill piping to the rig and were reported. BP willfully and with criminal negligence caused the "incineration" .....of 11 oil rig workers. BP with willful and criminal negligence caused the deep sea wellhead blowout in the Gulf of Mexico. A wellhead blowout that is ongoing and causing an environmental catastrophe.

Posted by: iluvmineos | May 25, 2010 10:46 PM | Report abuse

BP knowingly circumvented safety protocols and procedures. BP knowingly endangered the lives of rig workers. BP knowingly endangered the Gulf of mexico and it's flora and wildlife. BP knowingly endangered the livelihoods of an entire group of Americans in the region. BP with willful and criminal negligence knowingly installed a defective, miswired, improperly maintained, hydraulic fluid leaking, blowout protector with a defective battery in 1 of 2 control modules. BP knowingly and with willful and criminal negligence removed mud from the wellhead before proper cementing procedures had been accomplished. . BP with willful and criminal negligence overlooked pieces of blowout protector gasket that rose in the drill piping to the rig and were reported. BP willfully and with criminal negligence caused the "incineration" .....of 11 oil rig workers. BP with willful and criminal negligence caused the deep sea wellhead blowout in the Gulf of Mexico. A wellhead blowout that is ongoing and causing an environmental catastrophe.

Posted by: iluvmineos | May 25, 2010 10:46 PM | Report abuse


hey!

another photo op for our "fearless" leader!

go o'bama gump! go!

and you said o'bama was worthless...

Posted by: OrwellKnew | May 25, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Is Oblame-O stopping by to see the mess his big contributors from BP made on his latest Golf outing? Seems like BP giving the Washington Compost's Master more money than they have ANY other politician in the past twenty years would be a to quote Slow Joe Biden "Big F-Ing Deal".

Posted by: fe59 | May 25, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Today, while our elected government officials in Washington fail to act in participating with BP to close the oil leak that is spewing millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, while preparations are being made in Congress to introduce a quadruple tax hike to pay for the cleanup.

Read more here... http://bit.ly/cMNy5N

Posted by: vdp101 | May 25, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

The Russians have used & suggested conventional explosives not nuclear as have
several U.S. experts to close the well.

After 35 days of not stopping the leak & destroying the Gulf, BP has failed!

The Obama Administration because it has failed to recognize and take control of this disaster and the advice of experts suggesting blowing the well with explosives has also failed!

It appears that greed, arrogance, stupidity, & incompetence of BP & The Obama Administration are behind the failures.

Posted by: Concerned14 | May 25, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Caliguy, thanks for your well-informed and reasoned posts here. They are rays of sunlight through black clouds of hate.

tbastion, thank you also for sharing your heart-breaking frustration. There are many out here thinking everyday of those of you in the Gulf. God bless.


[to the person who posted that they hope the President's plane "doesn't land" - is that how you show your vaunted patriotism? Shame!]

Posted by: talitha1 | May 25, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

This is like Katrina in slow motion. One thing we have learned from these disasters, if they can - the people affected have to be in charge of cleaning it up. The president visiting is nice - but the first thing he needs to cut through all the red tape and let the local leaders like Governor Bobby Jindal and Billy Nungesser, President of Plaquemines Parish (that's a county for the rest of the country), who have a plan, who have a clue and and are willing to work their fingers to the bone to save our coast-SAVE OUR COAST. What's just being understood - containment of the spill is just as important as stopping it. Who knows if BP can stop it - but we must contain it.
The second thing he can do is make regulatory departments accountable. Word is the MMR is just as bad as the SEC. And that was from a 2008 report. Do ya think anything has happened in the past 2 years?
The third thing is he can make sure if it ever happens again, we learn lessons from our experience. Make the responsibility of the drilling group be to plug the leak. Make it the responsibility of the local officials to protect their coast. Make it the responsibility of the federal government regulate the industry and to give the local governments any assistance they need. They are fighting for their way of life - not for a "gd percent" (to paraphrase Ripley) Can they contain it - they will or they will die trying!

Posted by: cynsystems | May 25, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

"Plug the Damn Hole". That was Obamas mantra to his staff. And we are going to let this administration run our Health Care?!?! Really? I think he needs to quote his VP which has a more appropriate quote: 'This is a big F'ing deal'.

As a Vet, I am particularly incensed that this president doesn't even have the decency to attend the memorials here in DC on Memorial Day. I don't begrudge the man a vacation but not on this sacred weekend.

Posted by: rigoman33 | May 25, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

"The only thing we have asked for is for the Govt to help speed up the containment and clean up efforts. The Govt. loves studies and meetings and quite honestly we don't have time for that now. We needed action 35 days ago."

Posted by: tbastian

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Dude, cleaning up a spill of this magnitude is absolutely hopeless. Nobody in their right mind thought otherwise.

The only sure way to keep the environment clean is to not pollute it in the first place. That's why so many people oppose off-shore drilling in the first place.

In large numbers, we all warned that a spill like this was absolutely inevitable and sadly, we were absolutely right.

It's too late now so please, do us all a favor and own the absolutely predicable results of your risky folly. All this false outrage, AFTER the fact, is simply laughable. If people like you really cared about protecting the environment, they would have vehemently opposed all off-shore drilling from the get-go. They did not. Instead, they cheered it on with a slogan that transltes directly to Spill, Baby, Spill.

Sadly, it appears that even now as we watch this well-predicted distaster unfold before our very eyes, many people still have not learned from these repeated mistakes. I guess in the end these fools deserve to get exactly what they asked for ... a giant spill baby, a gigantic spill with all the well-predicted environmental consequences. Idiots.

Posted by: Freestinker | May 25, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

As a progressive, I always found attacks against Dubya for not being on the ground during Katrina very ignorant. Same for Obama going down there for a firsthand look. All a president's security detail does is gum up the works. This is not T.R.s America, we're living in 2010 with no need to eyeball on sight. Hopefully Chu's team and BP engineers will create history with the first attempt of the procedure at these depth levels.

Posted by: jameschirico | May 25, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

It's doubtful that he could change the oil in a lawn mower let alone know anything about a blowout.
He can't even prove his citizenship.

Posted by: oldbuck | May 25, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Inconsequential.

Posted by: JAH3 | May 25, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Can you believe that Obama has time to go out and raise money for Barbara Boxer and the Democrats? I was unsure which was harder to watch, the video of herons drowning in oil or that Admiral Allen that Obama and Gibbs threw out there to take the heat off this spineless gutless administration. Our family is livid that Obama has time for fundraising. Gee we know what rates with him.

Posted by: greatgran1 | May 25, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Can you believe that Obama has time to go out and raise money for Barbara Boxer and the Democrats? I was unsure which was harder to watch, the video of herons drowning in oil or that Admiral Allen that Obama and Gibbs threw out there to take the heat off this spineless gutless administration. Our family is livid that Obama has time for fundraising. Gee we know what rates with him.

Posted by: greatgran1 | May 25, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Obama's mistake was not a matter of the administration's response effort after the fact. Obama's mistake was allowing off-shore oil drilling to continue un-abated when all the environmental experts warned that this kind of impending disaster was inevitable with off-shore drilling.

Just like the Exxon Valdez and the countless Big Oil spills in the Gulf before and during Katrina, this spill is yet another example of Big Oil's definition of "safe". The details of their definition, which turn the meaning of the word "safe" on its head, should have been all Obama needed to shut them down before this inevitable tragedy was realized.

Astonishingly, Obama, Bobby Jindal, and our own Boob McDonnell still support off-shore drilling even while they display the false outrage over what they knew (or should have known) was absolutely inevitable with off-shore drilling.

If they really didn't want a tragedy of this magnitude, if they really valued the bayou "way of life", if they really cared about the oilmen and wildlife who lost their lives, they would have opposed all off-shore drilling from the get-go. Instead, they went full steam ahead, even though a vast majority of the dispassionate scientist and experts warned them this kind catastrophe was only a matter of time.

The lesson here is simple. You can't have off-shore drilling without these kind of inevitable environmental catastrophes. In other words, support for off-shore drilling equals support for environment catastrophes. As we have seen over and over and over again, off-shore drilling and environmental catastrophes are a package deal.

Posted by: Freestinker | May 25, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

I don't disagree with you... however Obama has been pretty much MIA on this except for threats leveled at BP.... Since you have worked on the rigs and must be familiar with the Gulf Coast you know that all of the residents here ( I am one of them ) want the Govt to aide in the containment and clean-up efforts... which they have drug their feet on and continue to be a barrier to further progress from the states protecting their natural resources.

Since this is a national security issue, with our Ports, Shipyards and Military Installations it is jeopardizing our ability to protect the nation and our coastal waters. What the country and region is looking for is leadership and not finger pointing.

tbastian

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I sincerely believe that the federal government is doing the best thing by studying the problems of containment and clean up so that whatever it decides to do, it doesn't make the matter worse. There are certain proposals before the Army Corps of Engineers that are being reviewed such as dredging to shore up the barrier islands and diversion of Mississippi River water through the marsh lands in an effort to push the oil back out in the gulf. However, no one knows what effects these actions may have on the environment at this point in time. There is already one disaster occurring in the Gulf of Mexico, and we certainly don't need the creation of another one caused by ill-advised actions undertaken by the federal government. Further, there are some problems that have no solution such as removing oil that has made its way into the marshes. If you've walked through marsh lands (and I've done so many times) there's absolutely nothing I can think of that could be done to remove crude oil from the thickets of Rosseau grass and other plants growing in shallow water and mud without doing a tremendous amount of damage to the marshes.

Posted by: Caliguy55
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I agree that once it gets into the marshlands it is almost impossible to clean up. Many of these local communites have had plans in place which they have wanted to act upon for the 35 days the oil has been leaking.. what they have received is " we need to do more study" and from BP- great idea, you can do it but we aren't going to pay for that. Most of us are very frustrated at this point and the idea of losing your way to earn a living, home and health is very frustrating.

The only thing we have asked for is for the Govt to help speed up the containment and clean up efforts. The Govt. loves studies and meetings and quite honestly we don't have time for that now. We needed action 35 days ago.

Posted by: tbastian | May 25, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Obama will assess how incompetent he and his minions are! If this were Bush who has taken 37 days to help Lousiana and control this oil spill disaster, they would have rode him out of the U.S. Because it's the messiah obama, the press, media and pundits give this imbicile a pass. Hurricane Katrina there was an inept Mayor of New Orleans and an incompetent Governor (Blanco), now an oil spill disaster and Lousiana affected by an incompetent president!

Posted by: Dimag | May 25, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

From what I understood, the Russians suggested the use of a nuclear bomb to kill the well. This is the sort of nonsense that would cause much more damage than has already been done without anyone knowing whether it'd work. Parenthetically, the Russians have never tried to kill an uncontrolled well under a mile of water. Until they do, I'd take their advice with a grain of sand.

As for the claim of BP losing billions of dollars because of loss of the well and President Obama failing to act for that reason - that is utter nonsense. BP is going to lose this well no matter what method is used to kill it. Further, this was an exploratory well, and not a production well, and thus BP never planned to produce a drop of oil from it. There have been thousands of exploratory wells drilled in the Gulf for the sole purpose of defining the geographic extent of oil bearing formations and not for the production of oil. The oil companies use this information to determine where are the best places to drill their production wells.

Posted by: Caliguy55 | May 25, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Unless Obama channels his inner Moses and parts the ocean, no one gives him a damn what he says or where he says it.

Posted by: mmcsorley | May 25, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

SEIZE BP's assets. Obama's visit is too little too late - the understatement of the century! The equipment and techniques to control a major oil leak EXIST NO WHERE ON the planet!? The entire oil industry is completely unprepared! Some of us have been vocally opposed to off shore drilling AND nuclear power for exactly this reason. Stuff happens! NOW they are all surprised! NOW they are authorizing FEDERAL FUNDING to save the wildlife. SEIZE BP's assets immediately.

Posted by: Too2much | May 25, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

""Obama will assess""

Thats gold baby, comedy gold. BO doesn't have the common sense to assess ANYTHING, let alone an oil spill from one of his BIGGEST contributors!! LOL!!

BO's biggest contributors are Big Oil, Wall ST and UNIONS!!!

Posted by: morphy | May 25, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

I don't disagree with you... however Obama has been pretty much MIA on this except for threats leveled at BP.... Since you have worked on the rigs and must be familiar with the Gulf Coast you know that all of the residents here ( I am one of them ) want the Govt to aide in the containment and clean-up efforts... which they have drug their feet on and continue to be a barrier to further progress from the states protecting their natural resources.

Since this is a national security issue, with our Ports, Shipyards and Military Installations it is jeopardizing our ability to protect the nation and our coastal waters. What the country and region is looking for is leadership and not finger pointing.

tbastian

____________

I sincerely believe that the federal government is doing the best thing by studying the problems of containment and clean up so that whatever it decides to do, it doesn't make the matter worse. There are certain proposals before the Army Corps of Engineers that are being reviewed such as dredging to shore up the barrier islands and diversion of Mississippi River water through the marsh lands in an effort to push the oil back out in the gulf. However, no one knows what effects these actions may have on the environment at this point in time. There is already one disaster occurring in the Gulf of Mexico, and we certainly don't need the creation of another one caused by ill-advised actions undertaken by the federal government. Further, there are some problems that have no solution such as removing oil that has made its way into the marshes. If you've walked through marsh lands (and I've done so many times) there's absolutely nothing I can think of that could be done to remove crude oil from the thickets of Rosseau grass and other plants growing in shallow water and mud without doing a tremendous amount of damage to the marshes.

Posted by: Caliguy55 | May 25, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

One thing Obama can do is take control of the well and send a team in to blow the well up to stop the leak forever as the Russians have done & have suggested.

Of course, BP would lose billions of their investment since the well would be lost there BUT the continuing catastrophic damage would be stopped.

BP's greed,arrogance& stupidity & investment are trumping the needs & future of the Gulf, its wildlife, its resources and possibly the East coast resorts & resources and creating irreparable damage.

BP's greed, arrogance & stupidity can be challenged & extinguished by the POTUS & it must be to save the Gulf plus.

Posted by: Concerned14 | May 25, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Obama is becoming uneasy
Over the prospect of taking some heat
For "doing his thing" while ignoring
Clean-up problems on his national beat.

Apart from the fact that he deserves fully
Much of the onus for current lack of progress
In stemming the gusher under Gulf waters,
Let's hope someone "minding the store" can help clean up the mess.

It is perhaps noteworthy
That mainstream media now are (unexpectedly) saying
Things slightly derogatory about Barack's performance in office--
Which to him, David and Rahm must be just a trifle dismaying.

Posted by: Gonzage1 | May 25, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

So what if he goes to the Gulf. What a waste of more time, money and useless effort. Obama can't, and if he could, won't take any responsibility for this mess and he shouldn't. BP made the money all of the years they drilled. It's their responsibility.

Posted by: tomaz13 | May 25, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

So what if he goes to the Gulf. What a waste of more time, money and useless effort. Obama can't, and if he could, won't take any responsibility for this mess and he shouldn't. BP made the money all of the years they drilled. It's their responsibility.

Posted by: tomaz13 | May 25, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

So what if he goes to the Gulf. What a waste of more time, money and useless effort. Obama can't, and if he could, won't take any responsibility for this mess and he shouldn't. BP made the money all of the years they drilled. It's their responsibility.

Posted by: tomaz13 | May 25, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

So what if he goes to the Gulf. What a waste of more time, money and useless effort. Obama can't, and if he could, won't take any responsibility for this mess and he shouldn't. BP made the money all of the years they drilled. It's their responsibility.

Posted by: tomaz13 | May 25, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

So what if he goes to the Gulf. What a waste of more time, money and useless effort. Obama can't, and if he could, won't take any responsibility for this mess and he shouldn't. BP made the money all of the years they drilled. It's their responsibility.

Posted by: tomaz13 | May 25, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe the stupidity underlying the sarcasm and foolishness expressed by most commenters at this point in time regarding this article. However, I know that ignorance of procedures used in drilling for hydrocarbons, plus a healthy dose of partisan politics, underlies a lot of this nonsense. What in the heck do you people expect the President of the United States to do, except what he is doing, which is having federal agencies conduct oversight of the only entities in the world that have the knowledge and technology to deal with this situation, i.e., BP and other oil companies and oil service companies. The federal government does not have any equipment in stock anywhere, nor does it have any significant number of experts with the expertise, to remedy this problem. The federal government quite simply is not in the business of drilling for oil. The bottom line is that President Obama has done all he can do to see that every available resource is brought to bear in solving the problem. In all the comments I've read, I've yet to see any intelligent discussion of what more President Obama could do about this matter. And, Having worked in the oil fields off the Louisiana and Texas coast, I can tell you the worse thing that President Obama could do is interfere with BP and the resources its using to kill the well.

Posted by: Caliguy55
======================================================================================

I don't disagree with you... however Obama has been pretty much MIA on this except for threats leveled at BP.... Since you hace worked on the rigs and must be familiar with the Gulf Coast you know that all of the residents here ( I am one of them ) want the Govt to aide in the containment and clean-up efforts... which they have drug their feet on and continue to be a barrier to further progress from the states protecting their natural resources.

Since this is a national security issue, with our Ports, Shipyards and Military Installations it is jeopardizing our ability to protect the nation and our coastal waters. What the country and region is looking for is leadership and not finger pointing.

Posted by: tbastian | May 25, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

So, Obama is going to do another "fly by" on his way to Chicago. He shouldn't worry.... the oil spill can't hit up there.. so they are safe.. Meanwhile, the Gulf Coast is dealing with a "national emergency" which he has yet to declare. The ecosystem is being destroyed, the tourism and fishing industry's are being pummeled and the national security of a nation is at serious risk.

How about you spend your vacation down here on the Gulf? It won't makeup for the $60 BILLION dollars in tourism revenue we take in ( that is just Florida alone ) but it is a nice gesture.....maybe some Obama worshipers will join you and help pull up hotel occupancy from 10% to 15% when we are normally sold out at 100%.... but i forget.. the Gulf Coast isn't "blue state" territory so we don't count in your book.

Posted by: tbastian | May 25, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe the stupidity underlying the sarcasm and foolishness expressed by most commenters at this point in time regarding this article. However, I know that ignorance of procedures used in drilling for hydrocarbons, plus a healthy dose of partisan politics, underlies a lot of this nonsense. What in the heck do you people expect the President of the United States to do, except what he is doing, which is having federal agencies conduct oversight of the only entities in the world that have the knowledge and technology to deal with this situation, i.e., BP and other oil companies and oil service companies. The federal government does not have any equipment in stock anywhere, nor does it have any significant number of experts with the expertise, to remedy this problem. The federal government quite simply is not in the business of drilling for oil. The bottom line is that President Obama has done all he can do to see that every available resource is brought to bear in solving the problem. In all the comments I've read, I've yet to see any intelligent discussion of what more President Obama could do about this matter. And, Having worked in the oil fields off the Louisiana and Texas coast, I can tell you the worse thing that President Obama could do is interfere with BP and the resources its using to kill the well.

Posted by: Caliguy55 | May 25, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe the stupidity underlying the sarcasm and foolishness expressed by most commenters at this point in time regarding this article. However, I know that ignorance of procedures used in drilling for hydrocarbons, plus a healthy dose of partisan politics, underlies a lot of this nonsense. What in the heck do you people expect the President of the United States to do, except what he is doing, which is having federal agencies conduct oversight of the only entities in the world that have the knowledge and technology to deal with this situation, i.e., BP and other oil companies and oil service companies. The federal government does not have any equipment in stock anywhere, nor does it have any significant number of experts with the expertise, to remedy this problem. The federal government quite simply is not in the business of drilling for oil. The bottom line is that President Obama has done all he can do to see that every available resource is brought to bear in solving the problem. In all the comments I've read, I've yet to see any intelligent discussion of what more President Obama could do about this matter. And, Having worked in the oil fields off the Louisiana and Texas coast, I can tell you the worse thing that President Obama could do is interfere with BP and the resources its using to kill the well.

Posted by: Caliguy55 | May 25, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Obama can take 'Big Sis' Napalitano with him and explain to her that the Gulf is not an ocean. That would also be a great time for him to pat her on the back as well --

"GOOD WORK BIG SIS!!"

Posted by: wheeljc | May 25, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Well, Obama has destroyed the wealth of our Nation.. He probably need a rest while he destroys the Gulf Coast

Posted by: 2010Rout | May 25, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

WOW! Isn't that just so "Obama"??

WaPo, ask him where he will be on Memorial Day?

(At least he is visiting LA. He would not give the folks in Nashville the time of day -- no votes there you know!)

Posted by: wheeljc | May 25, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Visiting the Gulf coast while traveling between the White House and vacation? Who does that remind you of? Isn't it about time for a low altitude fly-over in Air Force One? How about, "You're doing a heckava job, Salazar."

I'm sorry, but I'm having a hard time figuring out what this administration is doing better than the last one did after Katrina.

Posted by: hisroc | May 25, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

James Carville got to him to do the right thing for a change just after Chuck Todd
accused him of having disdain for the media!

The Friday visit to take control is overdue BUT Obama has disdain for our heroes in Iraq & Afghanistan & is demonstrating it ...again by going on another vacation to Chicago this time instead of honoring our heroes at Arlington Cemetery on Memorial Day as every POTUS before him has done.

After honoring our heroes at Arlington, Obama & his Army/staff should get back down to the Gulf to take control of the greatest catastrophe to hit the Country & stay there until that leak is stopped & relief is given to all the suffering, men,government & animals.

And he should cancel the Chicago vacation until after all of his obligations are fulfilled.

Posted by: Concerned14 | May 25, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

So BP must be close to success. Obama has to be there to take credit. He can't led the oil industry who is on his enemy's list take any credit. Wait and see.

Posted by: letswin | May 25, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

where are all the tree hugging volunteers when there's real work todo. maybe jimmy carter will build an ark to keep all the oil soaked animals in till it's over. ya your right all they do is talk, remarkable

Posted by: reddick1 | May 25, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

I guess the E channel and MSNBC needs to fawn over the Manchild for being the chosen one... What a JOKE OBAMA has become...

Posted by: 2010Rout | May 25, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Why is it that the public has to know in advance where and when the President is traveling? What happened to OPSEC in this town.

Posted by: Mt62534 | May 25, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure the manchild is going against his will, pouting the whole way!

Posted by: cschotta1 | May 25, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

wish i could believe he cares but he's just looking for a diffrent backdrop for his speeches while they fumagate the rose garden

Posted by: reddick1 | May 25, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

You mean *someone* should bring his boots and gloves, don't you?

Posted by: thomp | May 25, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

How nice he's going to squeeze a little work in between vacations. With any luck his plane will go down.

Posted by: askgees | May 25, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

What is he going to do? Make another speech?? He certainly has done NOTHING to help with this crisis. Obama is a complete FAILURE!

Posted by: 2010Rout | May 25, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

He should take his boots and gloves and spend the weekend helping to clean up oil.

Posted by: VaBroker | May 25, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

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