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Gulf oil spill: Obama tours Gulf Coast beach

President Obama toured a Gulf Coast beach Friday morning, assessing the coastal effects of offshore oil drilling and catching a glimpse of wildlife imperiled by the spill.

Standing before an array of oil rigs off the shore of Fourchon Beach, La., Obama said he'd seen a couple of dolphins a football field away from the shore, animals that could be harmed when the spill washes ashore. But efforts to disperse the oil are going full strength, he said.

"A day like today is actually ideal for in situ burning and skimming," Obama said. "It's calm, which means that a lot of boats are out there right now, and they're in a position where they can help prevent it from getting close to shore."

Accompanying him was Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, who told reporters that officials attribute small tar balls on the beach to BP. The Lafourche Parish president, also on the tour, acknowledged that tar balls are common along the beaches.

But, said president Charlotte Randolph, there aren't usually so many.

Obama walked on the white sand of the beach, where water access was blocked by yellow "caution" tape. At one point, he knelt next to the shore to inspect the sand, and seized something that the White House press corps traveling with him couldn't quite see from afar at first.

When they got closer, reporter Tangi Quemener wrote in a pool report, they realized Obama was holding a handful of nickel- to quarter-sized tarballs.

Obama has recently ordered his administration to conduct a full-scale review of drilling practices off U.S. coastlines. A day after a news conference in which he acknowledged some shortcomings by his own regulators, Obama skipped a scheduled vacation day to go to the gulf. His tour continues this afternoon.

--Christi Parsons, reporting from Washington

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This is his first visit to the spill area in a month. And this is on "His radar" every day??? I think not. Obumble, Napolitano and Big Mouth Joe have been staying away purposely. They've been hoping this would just go away and that is my firm opinion.

Numerous people are reporting on local New Orleans radio that busses full of clean-up crews were driven into Grand Isle, Louisiana, just before Obama arrived, and that they departed, shortly after he left. Potemkin village anyone? Fox Business TV is showing oil oozing up through the sand from below the surface into any low spot on the Grand Isle beach. It is like some sort of science fiction movie. The stuff fills any depression in the sand with black oil. Obama didn't get near any of the floating crude in the wetlands. I guess a picture of him wearing a gas mask to avoid inhaling the toxic fumes wouldn't do a lot for the 2012 campaign. You sure you don't want to do some offshore drilling? It's exciting.

This oil spill in the gulf sadens me and I hope it can be resolved. My former father inlaw has a video on you tube check it out. He has a awesome way of fixing oil spills and it's safe for the environment please take the time to check it out and pass it on, this isn't a waste nor a joke. Thank you!


yahoo posting is better I think.... what are you doing just collecting ideas for stories.... no postings.. etc..

Obama should stay in Washington and on the Internet, including watching You Tube that features entrepreneur farmers who own tons of HAY and who demonstrate the use of HAY to clean oil from the water surface. BP's use of Corextix a chemical oil dispersant, a product BP half makes, then sells to itself, is creating the huge underwater plume that will ruin Florida's waters. BP refused to obey's EPA's directive to stop spreading the dispersant the most toxic dispersant to fish known to man. BP is attempting to hide the hugness of the oil spill by dispersing it... which has created an ecological nightmare. Besides, since all the Feds who were responsible for lack of oversight of oil drilling operations, are leaving or quiting, so how is Obama suppose to get his information on what to do? Certainly standing on a Louisiana beach poking at globs of oil is not adding too much to his information. We know the oil is there dummie! It's pretty interesting the power BP has to prohibit anyone from being out there on a platform... time to put the military there to ensure things are getting done! Stopping the flow, which should have been done from the very beginning and better use of oil collection off the surface..... Obama living in a vacuum. High school kids know more what to do than these gov't and industry people.

Will the consequences of 8 years of the Bush Administration never end!!!!!
May Cheney burn in a see of crude oil and be surrounded by the animals that have died in the Gulf disaster.

Great photo!

In a related event Karl Rove called the BP disaster Obama's Katrina!
"Yes, the Gulf Spill Is Obama's Katrina" States Rove in an Op-Ed to the NY Times. There by admitting that the Katrina response from the Bush Admin was a total screw up!

But there is one person at whose feet can be laid the entire BP disaster, and probably to the surprise of no one paying any attention at all since the year G.W. Bush was appointed, that person would be Dick Cheney.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr., an environmental lawyer and son of the assassinated Senator, traced a clear path of oily footprints straight to the former "co-president" in a post on May 5th:

...between January and March of 2001, incoming Vice President Dick Cheney conducted secret meetings with over 100 oil industry officials allowing them to draft a wish list of industry demands to be implemented by the oil friendly administration. Cheney also used that time to re-staff the Minerals Management Service with oil industry toadies including a cabal of his Wyoming carbon cronies. In 2003, newly reconstituted Minerals Management Service genuflected to the oil cartel by recommending the removal of the proposed requirement for acoustic switches. The Minerals Management Service's 2003 study concluded that "acoustic systems are not recommended because they tend to be very costly." There is much more behind that story!


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