"We don't know what the future holds for us here. This thing's full of oil here. Soaked it," he said as he fought back tears. "The marsh's dead and the shrimp are gone. What do we do? Who we going to sell groceries to?"
Maples said he and other residents of the Louisiana Gulf Coast have no control over their futures and he worries that officials are playing politics with a disaster.
Obama said in an interview with CNN Thursday that he was "furious" about the situation but that his job is to solve the problem, not yell at people.
"I am furious at this entire situation because this is an example where somebody didn't think through the consequences of their actions," Obama told CNN's Larry King. "It's imperiling not just a handful of people. This is imperiling an entire way of life and an entire region for potentially years."
Obama was to visit a staging area today where boom is prepared for deployment and will meet with a Department of Homeland Security official who is helping people get their claims paid by BP.
The White House said Thursday that the federal government was sending BP a $69 million bill for costs so far in the spill. Gibbs said the bill was the first to be sent to the oil company, which leased the rig that exploded April 20 and sank two days later. Eleven people were killed.
Anywhere between 21 million and 46 million gallons of oil so far has spewed into the Gulf, according to government estimates.
The ongoing crisis in the Gulf has shaken up Obama's schedule. The White House said Thursday night that Obama would postpone, for the second time, his upcoming trip to Indonesia and Australia.
That trip was originally scheduled for March but was put off until this month so the president could remain in the United States during the lead up to the health care vote in Congress.