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President Obama is scheduled to visit Louisiana on Friday for the second time since an oil rig explosion sent a historic amount of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico.

President Obama is scheduled to visit Louisiana on Friday for the second time since an oil rig explosion sent a historic amount of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico.

Obama to visit Gulf, vows action on oil spill

(CNN) – President Obama is scheduled to visit Louisiana on Friday for the second time since an oil rig explosion sent a historic amount of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico.

Obama's visit comes as his administration has been criticized for its response to the massive underwater gusher that is now estimated to be twice the size of the Exxon Valdez disaster.

"I take responsibility. It is my job to make sure that everything is done to shut this down," Obama said Thursday at a White House news conference. "That doesn't mean it's going to be easy. That doesn't mean it's going to happen right away or the way I'd like it to happen. That doesn't mean we aren't going to make mistakes."

The president even said his 11-year-old daughter, Malia, weighed in on the issue on Thursday.

"You know, when I woke up this morning and I'm shaving, and Malia knocks on my bathroom door and she peeks in her head and she says, 'Did you plug the hole yet, Daddy?'" he said. Read more

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  1. Freddie Jones

    Let our military stop the flow of oil into the Gulf Of Mexico. It was caused by an explosion, lets end it by an explosion. Set off some type of underwater charge on the Gulf floor near the spill in an attempt to collapse the underwater passageway to the sourse of oil, a cave in. The damage done would be less than the damage done if the oil keeps on flowing.

    May 28, 2010 at 9:07 am |
  2. Pauly

    Michael, if that was true, most of the last administration would be ijn prison!!!

    May 28, 2010 at 8:55 am |
  3. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    If fuel prices would not have bean so high our auto company's would have sold cars and bail outs would have not bean needed .

    May 28, 2010 at 8:51 am |
  4. Bill from Rotonda West Fl

    Pat Hansen – You got that right! What that says is BP is determining what information is released to the public – not Obama and his reports.

    May 28, 2010 at 8:50 am |
  5. The Hope Chest

    Please, please, please, for the love of sanity cover something else. How many times can you guys say the same thing over and over and over. You have to be going nuts yourselves. You've been reporting on oil leak for the past month and a half. We know its huge. We know its bad, quit shoving it down our throats and forcing us to have to watch this over and over.
    We have two huge wars, an economic crisis and illegal aliens killing Americans, but you guys are covering this frickin oil spill.

    Please cover something else. Be real journalists here.

    May 28, 2010 at 8:46 am |
  6. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Theres alot of people out here that would like to beat the crap out of Tony Hayward he should watch where he goes and what he says .

    May 28, 2010 at 8:45 am |
  7. michael

    If we collect 99% of the oil being spilled – then bp can take time to kill the well.

    asap strart to build a "oil collection ring" flotation miles in diameter which has large booms with deep aprons that zipper together as they extend below the surface (this happens physically as aprons on modules are zipped) and capture the rising oil leak – which is continually pumped into tankers/barges – circumvent first ring with a second and so on as needed.

    Do not use any dispersant – pump out water seperation from collected oil.

    May 28, 2010 at 8:43 am |
  8. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    They need to start skimming the oil off the top to help keep the ocean cool B.P. is going to be responsible for the intensity of the Hurricanes also they are looking at the wrong country for mercy after they destroyed are economy with outrageous fuel prices .

    May 28, 2010 at 8:41 am |
  9. Dolores Mize

    Two questions: If BP stopped pumping mud for 16 hours, why did we see mud escaping the well through their camera that whole time and not a return to oil and natural gas? Can we believe that their camera is indeed live, or was their sufficient mud by that time that spewing mud for 16 hours is believable?

    2. Is there a quote from Queen Elizabeth or any other British officials as to the behavior of one of their businesses ruining our Gulf coast?

    Thanks, Dolores
    Edmond, OK

    May 28, 2010 at 8:38 am |
  10. michael

    If we collect 99% of the oil being spilled – then bp can take time to kill the well.

    asap strart to build a "oil collection ring" flotation miles in diameter which has deep aprons that zipper together as they extend below the surface (this happens physically as aprons on mudules are zipped) and capture the rising oil leak – which is continually pumped into tankers/barges – circumvent first ring with a second and so on as needed.

    Do not use any dispersant – pump out water seperation from collected oil.

    May 28, 2010 at 8:38 am |
  11. MeLoN

    Yeah Pauly .. the only one any "credibility" is you....lol... You're a legend in your own socialist mind with your anti-American spew...

    May 28, 2010 at 8:35 am |
  12. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Like hell it's not B.P.'s fault .

    May 28, 2010 at 8:34 am |
  13. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    B.P. had better get use to the blame game this is America and people get blamed and prosecuted for screwing up .

    May 28, 2010 at 8:29 am |
  14. Robert Germano

    What would happen if the drilling mud was injected onto the oil slick ?

    Would the oil sink to the ocean floor so it could be dredged off the sea bed and recaptured similar to operations in the sand oil of Canada ?

    May 28, 2010 at 8:27 am |
  15. MeLoN

    Recover the birds.... clean the birds .... rehabilitate the birds .... release the birds.....

    To go WHERE?.. Back into the Gulf?

    May 28, 2010 at 8:26 am |
  16. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    The need to be bringing in food to feed the birds and sea life .

    May 28, 2010 at 8:18 am |
  17. Bill from Rotonda West Fl

    I am going to throw a wrench in the works. I believe that we can now consider this event impacting the strategic and tactical readiness of the US. If a US submarine moves through a plume, it will foul the external sensors like the hydrophones for sonar. This will also hold true for surface ships. That means that plume areas are now off limits to American surface and submarine fleets. Makes you feel warm and cozy, right?

    May 28, 2010 at 8:17 am |
  18. Luis E. Lopez, Jacksonville, FL

    In line with BP's progress regarding the "Top Kill", in terms of depth (feet), has BP mentioned how deep they HAVE gotten so far with the "drill mud"? And if so, what is their depth goal before capping it with cement?

    May 28, 2010 at 8:16 am |
  19. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Louisiana would be better off dealing with B.P. as far as the money goes because if the buck stop's with Obama it's going to have a bunch of earmarks aded before it gets to Louisiana .

    May 28, 2010 at 8:14 am |
  20. James-Atlanta

    So does this mean gas prices are going to be jacked for the summer?

    May 28, 2010 at 8:10 am |
  21. Pauly

    Melon, you had little credibility on this blog before. Now that you are an admitted birther, you have lost what little you had!!!

    May 28, 2010 at 8:10 am |
  22. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    John Louisiana had better hope that the buck dont stop's with the president because he has a bad habit of spending money it may never make its way to Louisiana .

    May 28, 2010 at 8:09 am |
  23. MeLoN

    Civics lessons #3 ... The US will never be the Socialist state you want it to be.

    May 28, 2010 at 8:09 am |
  24. Pat Hansen

    The President said he is in charge of the oil spill yet neither he or Admiral Allen knew that "top Kill" had been suspended for 16 hours prior to his news conference. We're not getting straight answers to important questions.

    May 28, 2010 at 8:06 am |
  25. Pauly

    Civics lesson #2, patriot isn't a title one can give themself. It has to be earned. After it has been earned, others give that person the title!!!

    May 28, 2010 at 8:02 am |
  26. Bill from Rotonda West Fl

    Correct me if I am wrong. Obama was born in Hawaii, attended schools in Indonesia and then settled in Chicago. So, it appears that Obama has two places he can call home.

    Also, another post mentioned the pressure at the depth of the BOP of something like 150,000psi. Here again, correct me if I am wrong, but the pressure at that depth is somewhere between 2000 and 3000 psi. No matter how you look at it, working at that depth is – in many ways – more difficult than working on the surface of the moon.

    We can' t just look at the surface area in any calculation of the size of the plume. You need to do the calculation in 3 dimensions. It was reported this morning that oil plumes were found at depths of 3000 feet. This whole event is stretching what any engineer can deal with. Kind of like hitting a nail with a feather. The volumes we are talking about boggles the imagination. My personal opinion is that we are now moving in a territory far beyond our ability to deal with.

    May 28, 2010 at 7:59 am |
  27. MeLoN

    Ironic isn't it?... Giving teeth brushng advise to the brits???....lol..

    Obama going home .. to Kenya.

    May 28, 2010 at 7:56 am |
  28. Pauly

    Patriot, let me give you a civics lesson. The White House is the peoples' house. It becomes the temporary residence of the sitting President. President Obama's home is in Chicago. And has been since he graduated from Harvard!!!

    May 28, 2010 at 7:52 am |
  29. George

    Seems disrespect shown Prior Administration is paying dividends to Current Administration now. Oil will be washing up on Gulf shores for a very long time. To disrespect any President serves no useful purpose and only emboldens those who plot against our country. We can have difference of opinion about pointless Wars in Afghanistan & Iraq, handling of Gulf Oil Spill, lack of response to rampant "Illegal" immigration, spending away our Children's Future.....but disrespect will only make the situation worse.
    Just the facts please. Like:
    Mr President Birds covered with Oil don't fly!

    May 28, 2010 at 7:52 am |
  30. Charlie

    Obama needs to come down here and "Listen", not talk or be himself. He needs to listen to the folks down here and then go back and get the Federal Government off of it's seat and get the spill cleaned up. Quit waiting or deferring to BP, Get the coast and the wetlands cleaned up and then send the bill to BP. There has not been one boat out in the gulf cleaning up anything, and the government waits on impact studies to allow the folks to build the berms to protect the marshes. Wake up! The impact has already happened.

    May 28, 2010 at 7:50 am |
  31. ronvan

    Sadly, I have to agree that yesterday's press meeting showed OUR President getting "punch drunk", "shell shocked" over trying to handle all ot the probelms this country is going through. I could see VP Biden being put in charge of this entire spill-recovery process! OUR
    continuing problem is that our government cannot, will not, come together to make decisions! It is pretty obvious, to me, that BP is not to be trusted and I am tired of seeing their boss'es on TV. Do we really think they are going to say they screwed up? Gov. Jindel is absolutly correct when he said, I don't care about politics or guilt right now I just want $$$ and people to get the spill protection going!

    May 28, 2010 at 7:45 am |
  32. Stephanie

    When did CNN stop delivering the news and begin shaping public opinion? You have lost all sense of impartiality and cherry pick the people who will contribute to your storyline of the gov't isn't doing enough.

    What happened to the interview of Miss. Gov Haley Barbour who told a completely different story?

    May 28, 2010 at 7:44 am |
  33. Turley Hayes

    Until this oil disaster is completely cleaned up, the United States government should nationalize the US holdings of British Petroleum and confiscate all profits from their service stations throughout the US. They should place these monies in a trust fund for the cleanup and any future environmental impact this incompetent company may cause. John D. Rockefeller is rolling in his grave, that the great company he formed is now destroying this country.

    May 28, 2010 at 7:44 am |
  34. anonymous

    Just saw a piece about the legal costs associated with taking BP to court. That is, for most people, not true. Suits are generally free to bring, lawyers taking contingency fees instead of pay-as-you-go per hour billing. I just wouldn't want to dissuade someone from bringing a legitimate claim.

    May 28, 2010 at 7:39 am |
  35. Pauly

    Chicago is his home!!!

    May 28, 2010 at 7:38 am |
  36. Patriot

    Sorry Pauly, Obama isnt going home he is going to chicago

    May 28, 2010 at 7:32 am |
  37. Randall of Texas

    Today BP owes at least $780,000,000 to the Gulf area using Christine Romans figure of $20 million per day cost and she reported BP makes $66 million per day. I like Christine's figure for ball park figures and the only adjustment is to increase.

    May 28, 2010 at 7:31 am |
  38. Randall of Texas

    As of March 31st Bank of America held $793,910,186 of BP stock. Morgan Stanley had $640,602,303 with State Farm Insurance holding $744,888,379 and the Bill Gates foundation having $407,880,379 in BP.

    When Wall Street was having their crisis their people were bailed out and their way of life resumed.

    Now in the Gulf Coast Americans are in crisis and we can't blanket the Louisiana Parish Presidents with $25,000,000 each just for the citizens to use and get some immediate relief and breathe easier. Let me remind you that these peoples lives will not resume like those on Wall Street. You can't catch what ain't there.

    Obama right them a check and ease the pain!

    May 28, 2010 at 7:23 am |
  39. Charlie

    I'm think that Obama owes the Southern States an apology for not responding to the BP Spill. Yes he will come down here and part the waters and perform a miracle, but he should have lifted the environmental constraints so that the Marsh and wetlands could have been protected with the berms. Guess what, if the oil is already in the marshes, there will be no wetlands to protect. It's like wanting to avoid smoke and water damage by not allowing a fireman to put water on a fire.
    I don't believe that his kid asked him if he had plugged the hole yet, Daddy. That press conference was so fake yesterday. and 39 days is way too late to get down here and take over. And he continues to deflect everything bad back to George Bush.

    May 28, 2010 at 7:21 am |
  40. Pauly

    Going home for the weekend isn't going on vacation!!! The President & his family need to get out of DC once in awhile. Even when the President is away from the White House, he gets briefed every day & the nations & worlds problems. BTW: Congress is going on recess until June 7th!!!

    May 28, 2010 at 7:19 am |
  41. Bill from Rotonda West Fl

    I am a little curious as to what the good people of England think about this. It is now considered to be an event having global environmental implications. But BP is a very large company and its bottom line has got to have a very big impact on the UK bottom line.

    May 28, 2010 at 7:19 am |
  42. David S.

    I wish the politics would shut up for a day–just a day–and give US a chance to get to acton on this.

    If we got a bunch of barges out there, we could stick tubes into the ocean, just under the surface, and start sucking the oil into a filter, seperate it from the seawater, and spray the water out of the other end.

    While they're working, we could send 2,000 troops down there with buckets, washcloths, and siphon hoses, and have them start cleaning up the stuff that's close to the shore.

    We could hire another 5,000 local workers to setup a complete circle of boom around the spill, to contain it, and begin tightening the boom circle, to concentrate the oil toward the siphoning barges.

    We don't need these "BP Engineers" supposed "brilliant minds" to clean up a mess. It doesn't take a degree to clean up a mess: it takes people working hard.

    (Bill from Rotonda West FL: I wasn't suggesting he take time off; I was suggesting that somebody else do it since he's not, because we don't have time to wait for him to decide to take action. Seeing the president take a vacation during this is the most sickening thing I can think of, yet it looks like that's what he's doing. Somebody has to do the job of President, whether Obama, Biden, Clinton, Bush, or the Governors of LA and FL, who already seem to be doing his job.)

    May 28, 2010 at 7:18 am |
  43. Pauly

    If what BP has been saying, and the media reporting, that it's the "mud" that's coming out of the wellhead, what was coming out when they suspended the top kill for 16 hours? If the mud is heavier than the oil & water, why is it rising? How toxic is the mud? After all, if what CNN has reported, that 21,000 gallons of mud is being pumped per minute, that's a lot of mud joining the oil & dispersants in the Gulf!!!

    May 28, 2010 at 7:14 am |
  44. Ron Odom

    Who's in charge? That seems to be the latest talking point by the flood of "experts" on the airwaves. Ask a Wildlife Biologist who is in charge of this fiasco and they will give you a straight answer......... Mother Nature is in charge. We have crossed a line that we simply may not have the technological expertise available to bail us out. Even if we are lucky enough to seal the well we may never reverse what we have done to the environment. We also can never gaurentee that it will never happen again – it will. Don't believe what the celebrities and "talking heads" tell you. We're not smart enough to prevent it from happening again and we are simply too greedy to back off.

    Our ability to "be in charge" ended when we made the decision to insert drilling bits into the ocean bed. Good judgement then would have prevented the devastation that we are seeing today. The false promise of great financial rewards and " energy independence" clouded our ability to make good judgements. The coastal Fish and wildlife resource in our charge and those folks that are tied to that resource are paying a dear price for our poor judgement and greed.

    People in newly proposed offshore drilling areas need to take charge now while they still can. Absolutely refuse to allow Government and Big Oil to do anything that will jeopardize your precious way of life and all the wild things associated with it.. It's just a matter of time when another "spill" occurs. If there is not a well in your area then there will not be a spill. Your way of life is worth more than anything Big Oil or the Government can offer you. Send them and their money down the road. Your way of life, your culture, your heritage,and the coastal ecosystem is priceless. Tell them it's not for sale. Take control of it now while your still in charge. Keep the drills out of our oceans.

    May 28, 2010 at 7:12 am |
  45. BP's "live" feed on oil

    This is not a live feed that BP is giving us. If yo watch it, it stops for a second which live oil spillage at that rate does not. Then is starts again, then stops. Two loops of several seconds each. Same garbage they showed us two days ago while we watched the counter go from 1005 to 1015 and rerun the same tape. Someone is pulling the wool over your eyes guys. Take a close look at the tape.

    May 28, 2010 at 7:12 am |
  46. MeLoN

    People spewing about what Palin said but always fail to mention all the times Obama said it's time for a change and yet ... there isn't any change. Same corruption abounds – if not more. Who's words mean more or should mean more?

    No wants to see Obama have a heart attack?... better check the facts on THAT statement.

    May 28, 2010 at 7:11 am |
  47. BP's "live" feed on oil

    I fyou watch the "live" feed, you will see it stop every five seconds or so and loope nto another one. We watched this two days ago with the so called A"Live Feed" as it went fro 1005 to 1015 an then back to 1005 and then 1015 all NIGHT LONG.

    The current feed stops twice. I have news for you. Life oil leaking at that rate doesn't stop! check out the tape.

    May 28, 2010 at 7:09 am |
  48. George

    Seems pointing finger at "Prior Administration" hasn't been working to stop the oil gushing. One can only wonder if Current Administration has another Plan?

    May 28, 2010 at 7:08 am |
  49. Pauly

    One of the Senators from Kansas stated the other day that the President shouldn't take things so seriously. That he needs to take a valium. On top of this tragedy, he also has to deal w/ the recession, high unemployment, 2 wars, aggression by North Korea and a host of other national & world problems. Maybe it's time for the GOP to take things more seriously!!!!

    May 28, 2010 at 7:03 am |
  50. Patriot

    I mentioned this the other day, and I will be honest, no matter the remarks I get in return,, This is really really a big deal. For anyone in the Administration to consider a vacation is insane. I didnt sleep at all the last two nights, am I obsessing maybe a little, but also looking at calculations and applying what I know and such sharing thoughts and ideas,, no one really knows what can be done,, seriously, 150,000 psi is one of the numbers that came up last night..

    Obama said he would make history,, we sure are, will are potentially killing the ocean...

    No disrespect to any of the soldiers in field, This is the news of the entire history since the revolutionary war...
    Some pray all day in respect to Revelations 16:3 ~ I can understand this..
    Obama people are no longer worried, there scared, get your head out of the sand or backside and oversee what is going on first hand, not just two hours, stay there, you can vacation another day..

    We the People, those you work for, are giving you an order, now do it!

    May 28, 2010 at 6:57 am |
  51. Bill from Rotonda West Fl

    David S... No one want to see the President have a heart attack, but the thought of letting Joe Biden delegate any part of this scares the heck out of me. The picture of Obama relaxing while this is going on is like Nero playing the fiddle while Rome burned to the ground.

    May 28, 2010 at 6:53 am |
  52. Pauly

    What Palin said at one time? Palin was in New Orleans 10 days before the explosion saying drill baby drill. She also said time for research & studies were over & we should start drilling immediately. Drill baby drill, spill baby spill. She has been very critical of enviromentalists who warned about things like this happening. After seeing the damage caused by the Exxon-Valdez spill, she shouldn't be promoting more profits for big oil!!!!

    May 28, 2010 at 6:53 am |
  53. MeLoN

    Brillant idea!

    Put Credit Card Joe in charge of the oil spill and let him corrupt that like he did the credit card industry – we all see how well that worked out for the country.

    What is doing more damage to the country- the oil spill or illegal aliens? Anybody see the CNN poll yesterday? 75% of Americans went the illegal alien problem dealt with.

    May 28, 2010 at 6:49 am |
  54. Pauly

    David, the President sent 17,000 National Guard troops to the Gulf almost a month ago! The Coast Guard has been there since the explosion. Govt scientists have been trying to come up w/ a fix. Many govt agencies are invloved & have been!

    The problem is the govt isn't in the oil business so it doesn't have the expertise or the equipment to deal w/ this. Add the fact that the leak is a mile underwater, a place where the pressure is 2,000 lbs per square inch. A place where our subs can't even go!!!!

    May 28, 2010 at 6:45 am |
  55. Randall of Texas

    It became clear to me yesterday that the President travels to the corporations drums. Perhaps at the time Christine Roman's expected baby is 20 years old there may be a recovery to wildlife and marine life.

    The former Shell CEO on Larry King said that oil tankers need to be there sucking up oil. You can throw all the words and adorn the area with all the beauty you can find but this is at the roll up the sleeves and sweat the brow phase.

    President Obama needs to realize that this oil slick will affect European waters so he needs to make the Gulf Coast his Camp David and burrow him a hole there and have his appointments moved down there.

    I will not support him for President and only did this time because of the possible 3 Supreme Court appointees during this 4 year period. Democrats need a woman for the next election. I am looking at Marcy Kaptur from Ohio.

    May 28, 2010 at 6:43 am |
  56. Daniel

    we also need to realize that this is not the federal governments fault. both the incident and the aftermath are a result of BP's greed. this is not like Katrina it is not a natural disaster, unless you believe greed is a disaster encoded in our DNA, either way there wasn't much the federal government could have done to prevent the damage that has been donee.

    May 28, 2010 at 6:42 am |
  57. LPN2RN2010

    If a hurricaine were to reach Tampa Bay in the next 2 months, where would all the oil spread onto? Florida!

    May 28, 2010 at 6:41 am |
  58. Daniel

    I think in this situation the federal government needs to take control of the situation away from BP and solve this problem. it seems pretty clear to me that this is all just collateral damage to BP and they are trying to fix this in the cheapest way possible not necessarily the fastest or most effective. their first "ideas" to stop the leak seemed like bad jokes. first there was the dome then that didn't work so they decided "Hey lets stuff a bunch of garbage in it" yeah there's the solution solve this ecological disaster with pollution. then the small dome (top hat) but that didn't work either (surprise surprise) then they wanted to punch another hole in it to relieve some of the pressure because two holes are better than one we all know that. i just hope that this new "plan" to cement it shut works if not then god help us all. either way BP needs to be held criminally and financially responsible. i want to see CEOs homeless and in shackles. Cutting corners on an offshore oil drilling facility is like placing a nuclear time bomb in the ocean.

    May 28, 2010 at 6:39 am |
  59. Pauly

    The oil rigs, ships & refineries leak tons of oil, sludge & toxins into the Gulf & other US waterways all the time. You can't see it like this spill but that doesn't mean it isn't causing problems. When CNN airs their Toxic America next week, people will be shocked at how much environmental damage is done by corporate America. They shouldn't be because people have been exposing much of it for a long time.

    May 28, 2010 at 6:33 am |
  60. David S.

    I love the president, but I think he's having a nervous breakdown, or a meltdown. Louisiana asked for boom and help, and Obama sent troops to Arizona. He hasn't sent anybody down there to clean up; I think he needs a break. Let him take time off, and let Joe Biden delegate this–or get Bill Clinton down there!

    May 28, 2010 at 6:32 am |
  61. Karen

    When companies are allowed to drill in the sea, they should have a serires of valves on these pipes so they can shut off the oil if there is a leak. If one valve fails then they have back ups. Right now it appears they had/have no idea what to do. There aren't enough safety plans to keep this from happening again. I hope BP plans on not only paying for the clean up, but also reimburses the local companies for all the money the businesses have list this year and until the EPA declares that the people of LA can safely fish again.

    May 28, 2010 at 6:28 am |
  62. Pauly

    Sen Landrieu said yesterday that there should be no moratorium on drilling in shallower waters. That there has never been a problem w/ such rigs because divers could get to the BOP preventer. The Ixtoc 1 rig was in shallow water, 160ft. It took amost 10 months to stop the leak. It was also in the Gulf! They tried everything BP is attempting but it took a relief well to stop it!!!

    May 28, 2010 at 6:27 am |
  63. JohnR

    It is truly amazing that with all this oil just pouring from the gulf that gas prices in the North have gone down. Just last year the cost of oil went up just on the “maybe” that the hurricanes season would cause one or two rigs to shut down for a few day. Who or what companies are the government going to give all the money to fix and clean up all this. BP is the problem here and the US government needs to stay out of it or you and I will just start paying for this through higher taxes tomorrow. The government needs to stop thinking that it should run and fix everything that goes wrong in the business world . This is a horrible and tragic event for all the people in the gulf but BP needs to be force to fix all of it to the correct standers of the EPA.

    May 28, 2010 at 6:25 am |
  64. Karen

    Why can't BP put larger pipes over the pipes that are leaking and at least try to suck up some of oil that's coming out?

    May 28, 2010 at 6:21 am |
  65. MeLoN

    Bill... why do people keep referring back to what Palin said at one time?... That's totally pointless and is nothing more than a lame attempt to divert attention from what's happening NOW.

    Not everyone is like YOU – that needs the Government to care for them from cradle to grave.

    Yeah... like you said get real... take your own advise.

    May 28, 2010 at 6:17 am |
  66. Bill from Rotonda West Fl

    Why is BP still calling the shots about saving the wildlife? Obama insists that he is calling the shots. What is clear is that BP still is determining what news it releases. And why is Obama going on vacation today? Doesn't the worlds worst environmental disaster warrant a little more attention than that?

    May 28, 2010 at 6:08 am |
  67. Bill

    My hope is that our President will stay in the area for a few days. He must show leadership. PLEASE Mr. President be the leader I feel you are. We must help our neighbors in coastal Louisanna. Another question I have is: where is the "drill baby drill" girl - she has been silent on this situation. Another question: those who desire "small government" - now you want the government to solve these types of situations. Come on people - let's get real.

    May 28, 2010 at 6:07 am |
  68. MeLoN

    Good Morning CNN!

    R.I.P. Gulf of Mexico. It was nice knowing you and you were the most excellent friend of mine over the years. May we meet again someday.

    Yesterday Obama was spewing like the oil leak in the Gulf.

    Best line of the week "Talk like John Wayne – Act like Pee Wee
    Herman".

    BP lying again?.. Say it ain't so Joe......

    May 28, 2010 at 6:06 am |
  69. Patriot

    Good Morning 😀

    After yesterdays ridiculous press conference, the truth did come to some degree.

    He has no clue, just as expected, CAn we say foot in mouth when he stated we have been on top of this from day one and everything BP does has their blessing,, even though the Coast Guard stated a few days ago that BP had been told to use different chemical treatment chemicals.

    So if he is on first then who's on second,

    Best part was,, His trust me, we got this attitude in regards to the White House has done nothing wrong in regards to offering a job.. LOL LOL LOL

    May 28, 2010 at 6:02 am |