Obama to Return to the Gulf Friday

Jun 3, 2010 10:43am

ABC News' Yunji de Nies and Sunlen Miller reports: One week after his last trip to the Louisiana Gulf Coast, the White House has announced that President Obama will return to the region on Friday.

This will mark the third time the president has visited the region since the April 20 oil rig disaster. The president in the last two weeks has visited the region twice, a marked increase in attention publically paid to the disaster, as the administration feels the heat that the president has not been as involved as he should be in managing the disaster.

The White House says the president will be there, “to assess the latest efforts to counter the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill.”

Last week, President Obama visited Grand Isle, Louisiana and received a briefing on the oil spill at the U.S. Coast Guard Station and toured an area of the beach affected by the spill.

The president called it is “highest priority” to take care of the spill.

“Our mission remains the same as it has since this disaster began, since the day I visited Louisiana nearly four weeks ago,” Obama said. “We want to stop the leak; we want to contain and clean up the oil; and we want to help the people of this region return to their lives and their livelihoods as soon as possible.”

– Yunji de Nies and Sunlen Miller

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