June 14, 2010
Posted: 08:00 PM ET
TUESDAY NIGHT: GET REACTION TO PRESIDENT OBAMA’S OVAL OFFICE ADDRESS ON THE GULF COAST OIL DISASTER. FORMER OIL MAGNATE T.BOONE PICKENS WEIGHS IN!
President Obama arrived in Gulfport, Mississippi, on Monday, his first stop on a two-day tour of the states most affected by the oil disaster.
The trip marks his fourth visit to the Gulf Coast since the oil began to gush nearly two months ago.
The president, who was met at the airport by Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, will also visit Alabama and Florida as he tries to get a better picture of the efforts to contain the spill. Obama's previous trips have been limited to Louisiana.
Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the administration's point person in the region, briefed Obama shortly after his arrival.
At the end of the briefing, Obama encouraged tourists to not cancel plans to vacation in the region.
"There's still a lot of opportunity for visitors to come down here - a lot of beaches that are not yet affected or will not be affected," Obama said.
"One of the best ways to help is to come down here and enjoy the outstanding hospitality," the president said.
After meeting with local residents, Obama is expected to tour the water for the first time since the disaster, traveling by ferry from Dauphin Island to Fort Morgan in Alabama.
The president, who canceled a trip to Indonesia and Australia, has faced criticism that he hasn't been fully engaged in the crisis.
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