Obama on Gulf Coast: 'BP Will Be Paying the Bill'

In Louisiana, president gets firsthand look at effects of ruptured oil well
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted May 2, 2010 4:07 PM CDT
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal walks with President Obama on the tarmac at Louis Armstrong International Airport in Kenner, La., Sunday, May 2, 2010.   (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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(Newser) – President Obama visited Louisiana this afternoon, seeing for himself the effects of the continuing oil spill and promising an "all-hands-on-deck" reaction, the Times-Picayune reports. "BP is responsible for this leak. BP will be paying the bill," he said. "But as president of the United States, I will spare no effort until this spill is cleaned up."

Gov. Bobby Jindal met Air Force One at Louis Armstrong airport near New Orleans, and they drove 2 hours to the coast. Poor weather prevented the president and his entourage from taking a helicopter tour of the region, where waves of oil are washing ashore, reports CNN. Federally regulated fishing grounds from Louisiana to Florida have been closed and will remain off-limits for at least 10 days, reports the Tallahassee Democrat.
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