President Barack Obama arrives Sunday for his first in-person evaluation of the damaging oil spill, now clouding the once vibrant waters of the Gulf of Mexico. When approached about the catastrophe, he called it “unique and unprecedented,” and something that will take “many days to stop.”
The visit comes at a time when his administration is suffering from an immense amount of criticism, regarding how they responded to the spill in a less-than-punctual manner. But, now on the scene, the president has not only brought federal attention to the issue, but he has even pointed a stern finger at the responsible party by calling it “the BP oil spill.”
Standing just outside the Venice Coast Guard Center in Louisiana, the president wore a grave face as he spoke of the damage that the oil leak will impose upon the economy, and the environment of the country’s Gulf States: “It could jeopardize the livelihoods of thousands of Americans who call this place home.” He made sure to clearly shovel the blame onto the shoulders of the British oil giant, whom he holds entirely accountable; however, he knows the obligation at hand, and promises to invest all that America has to improve the situation.
“We’re going to do what’s necessary to protect the American people,” said the president, “to determine who’s behind this potentially deadly act, and to see that justice is done.”
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