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Jun 4, 2010 3:08 PM by Melissa Canone

Obama Visits Grand Isle

KENNER, La. (AP) - Stormy skies greeted President Barack Obama
as he arrived at the Gulf of Mexico Friday to encourage residents
and get a fresh look at the horrifying oil spill that is testing
his presidency.
Obama immediately huddled in a small airport building with Coast
Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the top federal official on the spill, along
with the governors of Louisiana, Florida and Alabama and other
officials.
Stressing his personal leadership of the federal response, Obama
was heading to Grand Isle, La., a barrier island that's been
affected by the spill and where nearby beaches are being lapped by
oil.
The president's third visit to the Gulf came as engineers with
British oil company BP worked to settle a funnel-like cap over the
deep-sea leak to try to collect some of the crude now fouling four
states. Oil continued to spew, generating frightening photos of
seabirds clogged in the muck.
Underscoring the mounting political implications, Obama abruptly
canceled plans for his trip to Indonesia and Australia later this
month. Ahead of the Gulf visit, he spoke for many in the U.S.
Thursday in declaring himself furious at a situation that "is
imperiling an entire way of life and an entire region for
potentially years." He criticized BP for not responding more
quickly.

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