June 3, 2010

Obama heading to Gulf coast tomorrow – but first on LKL tonight!

Posted: 10:43 AM ET
President Barack Obama will return to the Louisiana Gulf Coast on Friday "to assess the latest efforts to counter the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill," according to a White House statement.

Meanwhile, after every effort to contain the undersea oil gusher in the Gulf of Mexico failed or fell short, BP devised a new strategy Thursday to cap the ruptured well, though the new plug will not be as tight as previously hoped.  The oil giant said it would try again to slice off a damaged riser pipe and then place a containment dome over the well.

But after an attempt to sever the pipe with a diamond-embedded saw failed Wednesday, the company will have to use shears that will not be able to make as precise a cut. Even if the attempt is successful, then the cap will not be as snug and oil will still be flowing out into the Gulf.

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maurice breuer   June 3rd, 2010 11:08 am ET

good day
looking at it from a european point of view i am wondering why it takes so long to get clean up operations going on the scale that seems to be needed its almost as if the clean up operation that is being done under bp direction is build on the type of lets move a team of 100 folks from point a to b and clean the oil up the pass even if it talkes them 10 years to clean all the spill.
it almost looks like bp is willing to spend as little as posible to clean up the mess not to mention trying to get the spilled oil into such a thick layer that they can refine that one back into gaselne at there nearby plants instead of trying to just do there job and fix it.

Anna   June 3rd, 2010 11:14 am ET

So glad our celebrity president has time for more tv and concerts at the White House. I am so disappointed in him. I knew he did not have the experience for the job, but hoped with good advisors and staffing, we would see some positive change. His presidency is a huge blow for the Democrats. If the Republicans regain power, it will surely be the fault of him and the Pelosi congress.

DIANA SCHMITT   June 3rd, 2010 11:43 am ET


Evan Kelley   June 3rd, 2010 11:44 am ET

I'm kinda getting the "skip class buddies" vibe from Obama & McCartney...

Dodie   June 3rd, 2010 11:48 am ET

The Russian newspapers came out over a month ago stating that they had 5 nasty oceanic oil well spills/leaks in which they used an explosive device near nuclear. The paper reported the explosive device worked 4 out of 5 times and stopped the leaks. It should be very obvious by now that BP never had a contingency plan if there was a spill. Personally, I would like to see BP sued for several billion dollars along with legislation that would require oil companies to jump through more ‘hoops’ establishing several working back-up plans. Frankly, I “suspect” all oceanic oil wells leak oil all the time, just not at this magnitude. I am tired of big oil companies seizing hold of our ‘jugular’ by controlling legislation and our Politicians while bleeding the American public. You call this freedom? Look again!

We are destroying one biosphere after another. We are turning this beautiful planet into a toxic trash can and destroying all other species in the process. I am in full support of finding other viable energy sources that create less of a footprint on this planet.

If the previous administration had not deregulated oil drilling, we would NOT be in this mess today!!!

Leslie Kennedy   June 3rd, 2010 12:13 pm ET

I'm just your average voting homemaker living in Texas who along with her family of spouse, 3 children and 5 grandchildren have vacationed in June on the Gulf Coast for the last 20 years or so.

You will never convince me that Obama is concerned about the misery the people in the Gulf Coast region are experiencing. It's just another bothersome problem for him that he hopes will just vanish before his eyes.

Shame on you Barack.

Jamie   June 3rd, 2010 12:15 pm ET

we're all so mighty, strutting around sticking our finger out and pointing at mistakes, calling for boycotts and so on. Buying form Sunoco while boycotting BP isn't a solution.

Arthur Vescovi   June 3rd, 2010 12:53 pm ET

To night would you ask the our PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA to talk to SEN BILL NELSON to here what he has said on CNN today .IT is what needs to be done . What has been taking place so far we need to put all the help we can into the Gulf and on land we can Toclen up the oil A S A P . SEN BILL NELSON said today on CNN what I have been asking for weeks . IT is not a one man job anymore .We need the U S government in place now, on all coast and in the Gulf SEN BILL NELSON needs to talk to our PRESIDENT We need our Govnment to do what it can do to save what we can save, and get the oil out of the Gulf now before it goes to all of the coasts in the Gulf . No one man can do this now.

Constance, Clearwater Beach, FL   June 3rd, 2010 1:49 pm ET

President Obama, go out into the Gulf in a boat out and see this firsthand. Get dirty, show us you really understand and actually care. Send in all of our armed forces, all of them to keep this OIL off our shores, and bill BP for every dime. Stop lettig a foreign company be in charge, this is OUR GULF OF MEXICO, the grast and might USA not BP's.

No more talk, action, swift action is needed today, not in a week, it has been 45 days!

Thank you.

GulfCoastSon   June 3rd, 2010 2:02 pm ET

Stop the blame game unless you live in the jungle and live totally off the land, then you can blame the rest of the world!
Of course the Pres. is not responsible for the oil spill but he should be pushing his admin. to support efforts to stop the oil from reaching the coast while speaking with world experts on possible ways to stop the leak. And this should have started from day one, not dragging his feet attending fundraisers and going on vacation.
Oil companies are just doing what we ask – supply the demand, while under the drilling restraints set by the powers that be – state & federal gov. Land and Shallow water drilling are far less risky but the few areas that are open for drilling have been sapped for oil that the reserves that are left do not pay for the cost to drill it. If this spill had been in shallow waters the technology to combat this type of problem has been tested and tested again and is almost full proof, plus the tried and failed back up plans have been working in shallow waters for years. There is a huge difference when you are working at this depth.
Wake up America! We need to force lawmakers to push better alternate sources of energy technology and make it affordable for the average Joe to invest in them.
Until we find independence from fuel, we need drilling...we need the gov. to open drilling in areas that are less risky and can be profitable enough to drill. We also need to be free from our dependence of foreign oil – period!

Constance, Clearwater Beach, FL   June 3rd, 2010 2:16 pm ET


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URGENT-URGENT   June 3rd, 2010 2:24 pm ET

Mr. King,

There are hundreds of ideas for capturing the oil that is gushing out of that pipe in the gulf. I have come up with two. One is a mechanical device and the other I talk about below. I CAN SEND YOU THE DRAWINGS FOR BOTH OF THEM IF I HAD A WEB ADRESS. It is so frustrating to see all these high-tech methods not work in stopping the oil flow when there are low-tech methods that could at least capture the oil and prevent it from spreading further while someone comes up with a solution for capping the pipe. BP and the US government are overlooking one of the simplest methods to keep this leak from spreading. If you can picture a tent like a circus BIG TOP? A tent or dome like that would be large enough to extend in diameter beyond the gushing oil in all directions. The oil is lighter than water and will all float to the top of that tent that is a known fact so if you place a pipe at the top of that tent you will be able to pump the oil to the surface.
If the tent is large enough it can be placed way off the bottom enabling the robots to keep working under it. I have sent an email to CNN, NBC, local channel 10 and have posted it also on the WEB and even sent one to Vice President Biden and had no answer from any.
Mr. King can you please ask President Obama to please look at these ideas so we can help our fellow Americans and our environment down in the gulf states?

Thank you,

Victor Medeiros

cnnfan10   June 3rd, 2010 2:26 pm ET

I wonder what are his views on the status of unemployment...particularly the 73-99 week and any other extentions, which is something alot of us could seriously benefit from/appreciate. Regardless of the start and or ending date of any ones status. Until everything improves...have a great day...

D Briggs   June 3rd, 2010 2:26 pm ET

I really do not understand why the President of the United States is going to be on Larry King Live. To me, it is a shame to the country and the office that he seeks to celebritize his presidency. As I stated before, he does have the power to hold his own press conference (where LK could attend and ask his pointed questions there), and/or arrange to make is own statement to the nation in Prime Time. What a disappointment and embarrassment that he needs to continue to use the press during times like these to gain what, exactly?

Anne D   June 3rd, 2010 2:34 pm ET

I am wondering why Washington is calling for BP to cut their dividend. Is Washington so worried about anyone making money that they now want BP to cut their dividend even though many, particularly seniors and retirees, count on dividends for their living expense and BP is a popular holding for that reason. Again, if BP can afford to cover the consequences of the oil spill, what is the logic for pressuring them to cut the dividend?

Joe G. (Illinois)   June 3rd, 2010 2:44 pm ET

If every man had a chance do something right it could all add up.

But that’s way the majority elected Borak Obama. And if that means having this white house administration appointing czars for every which way, office and direction and not one for the Gulf Oil Spill then let it so be it. It should not be misconstrued as a failure of the president in any way.

And maybe the all James Carville of the Gulf should stop panicking and exaggerating, but take a pill and chill. If Borak Obama thought the Gulf Oil Spill warranted a czar he would have appointed one rather then getting all dressed up to listen to Paul Mccartney or something.
Thank you and good day

David   June 3rd, 2010 3:22 pm ET

The fly over with the Admiral was very informative.
Please broadcast it as part of your news.
I'm beginning to understand alot more about the
oil spill operations.

Tina from Taylorsville, Kentucky   June 3rd, 2010 3:44 pm ET

How about replacing Thad Allen with someone else that cares about protecting the environment and our coastlines. He has done a lousy job. Did he forget that he's working for the US government and not BP Corporation?

Amin   June 3rd, 2010 3:45 pm ET

Just a note that your email blast has the President's first name spelled incorrectly (Barak). Please correct. And thanks for continuing to provide quality, relevant programming.

Kevin   June 3rd, 2010 4:22 pm ET

What I didn't like was the fact that in the blurb video posted on CNN was that I never heard Larry ask: "After a solution for the oil spill is found and it is a success, will there be significant, definitive, and publically stated federal consequences imposed on BP?" – If asked, I hope Barrack can give a truthful, direct response that is lived up to.

ugh   June 3rd, 2010 4:27 pm ET

Seriously the ONLY thing this guy can do right is book himself on TV. I think after he is voted out of office in two years, he and michelle should move to Hollywood and he can make movies. He certainly will have the air time.

Carole   June 3rd, 2010 4:35 pm ET

It makes me sick knowing Pres Obama is going to be on LKL tonight

Joe Hall   June 3rd, 2010 4:39 pm ET

I am currently a charter captain in the Florida Keys, with 7 years experience on offshore drilling rigs and land based oil production. How about investigating that if an oil well is capped before another well is drilled into the pocket the oil company loses its lease on that resevoir. Why is our government allowing British Petroleum to be in control of its own "crime scene". I bet a 100 million dollar reward for whoever can shut down the well would get results!

Disgusted   June 3rd, 2010 4:40 pm ET

Instead of one large absorber, or one of anything else being used, why aren't there dozens of everything possible?

gerald Jolly   June 3rd, 2010 4:42 pm ET

Repugnants and Tea Baggers want President Obama IMPEACHED for failing to CAP the oil well in the gulf.

Citing that with the GODLY powers the Prsident has, he could have waved his MAGIC WAND and made the problem go away.

Repugnants HERO Sarah Palin, said when she was asked to do the same in Alaska she waved her wand and the oil spill from the eXon Valdez miraculously disappeared.

When John McCain was asked what he would have done if he had won the election he said "WHAAAAAAAAAA"

Munro M.   June 3rd, 2010 5:01 pm ET

I am saddened that we have not recognized the real fact we have nobody to blame but ourselves for this oil disaster in the Gulf. How many holes could we punch in the ocean floor before something like this would eventually happen? We the people let Big Oil, Greed, and Corruption, leed us down this path. It makes me wonder whom ever can we trust and believe in anymore?
We had our chance to develope an alternative energy. This tragedy will show as a mere threat to Big Oil, but their deep pockets will keep us burning and fowling our oceans and air.
May God help us because the White House won't, for they are owned by Big Oil.

Cajazz76:24:8   June 3rd, 2010 5:01 pm ET

It is so easy to sit back and criticize a standing president who has been doing his best, and with success, in dealing with a political arm that is bent toward its backside.

I cannot remember such intense scrutiny that has been unduly afforded to any president, since his swearing in, than this one. The onus of the blame game is on the obstinate Republican Party leadership of the Senate and House who just want to derail all efforts to put this country on a path of peace and prosperity.

There is volumes, unheard in Washington, that I am certain debate this president's ethnicity rather than his ability to lead. Sure we all want to forget George W. Bush, but the majority of compulsion rests with those seeking to unfurl the successes of this president and institute more ostracization and austerity to promote party over country.

I am convinced we are a nation of deniers and doters living a sublime fantasy and sucking on lemons to curl our lips to reconstitute our flapping gums, so diarrhea of the mouth can be sustained.

One phrase "action speaks louder than words"-Mark Twain, whose first biography will be on the bookshelves soon, should be tattooed on the eyelids of all those elected to represent the needs of this country, still in crisis.

As a bit of backdraft, don't expect Mark Twain's biography to portray a Tom Sawyer or Huckleberry Finn persona, quite the opposite in more ways than most will be wiling to tolerate. Why do you think it has taken a 100 years to publish? No one was ready for his type of reality to take stage in his world at the time, and many today are not ready for it either, but real and provocative it is.

Algie Pino   June 3rd, 2010 5:01 pm ET

I do hope that this oil spill, as bad as it is, will enlighten those who are against regulations for businesses, and believe that having regulations stilfles the free market.
Anyone that has been keeping up with the news on this spill, knows that a cut off value could have been in place that could have shut this leak off immediately as they have in some other countries, but BP did not want to shell out the $50, 000, to buy it. Now they'll be paying $Billions and want the tax payers to also pay.
If the previous administration had insisted on the best possible safety measures, oil would not be spilling in the gulf today.
Hows that deregulaing and under regulating working out ? Now those same bunch that cried "NO GOVERNMENT REGULATION FOR BUSINESS"

Cajazz76:24:8   June 3rd, 2010 5:06 pm ET

correction: Mark Twain's 'autobiography'..not biography...sorreeee....

Constance, Clearwater Beach, FL   June 3rd, 2010 5:30 pm ET

Please show the President, the video that CNN just showed of the dead birds covered in oil and the one choking to death on it. It broke my heart and I burst into tears...As the USF professors and researches in the Gulf have shown, aminals are dying and are sinking to the bottom and we will never know how many have already persished. Show Sasha that video so she can remind the President every morning and night!

This will destroy our ecosystem and our economy! Wake up, stop talking and get to work, put the troops to work, bill BP for it all.

Thank you.

Constance, Clearwater Beach, FL   June 3rd, 2010 5:57 pm ET

Has anyone noticed Larry King is NOT live tonight but taped?

Rob   June 3rd, 2010 6:05 pm ET

Whatever! I am sick and tired of the media (at least a majority of the media) giving their personal opinions instead of offering nonbiased reporting. I just saw Gloria Borger on "The Situation Room" comment (paraphrasing) "President Obama showed today that he is now beginning to take charge of the situation." Beginning??? It has been 45 days now? I was sincerely hopeful that President Obama would have met with average people whose livelihoods were endangered/lost on his last visit to Louisiana. I was also hopeful that he would've actually gone out in a boat and actually dipped his hands in the actual gunk building up in the marshes/estuaries a la James Carville, Mary Madalin, Anderson Cooper, Rob Marciano, Billy Nungesser, Gov. Jindal, and others instead of going to a photo op on a beach and examining oil pellets. If he had truly understood the depth of what was at stake on his last visit, there would be no need for another visit on Friday. I guess he's now feeling the heat and how his reaction to this oil spill would affect his approval rating/disapproval rating, hence tomorrow's visit. The White House PR people are saying it does no good for President Obama to display his anger. I think they may be right, but only to a small degree. The American people like to see SOME emotion from their president, that he cares. I just don't understand how Obama can show such rapport with the American people on an emotional level during the campaign but only display his "cerebral" side as president. I understand being cool, calm, and collected during a crisis, but I think that such a display must also be tempered with an emotive side. Some are comparing this oil spill with Hurricane Katrina. They are not alike in that they are two completely different crises. But, I also think some comparisons can be drawn in terms of presidential response or lack of response or at least the perception of a lack of presidential response/leadership. Some of Obama's spokespeople are saying that Obama was not elected to show emotion during times of crisis. Granted, but tell that to the people working for Herbert Hoover in 1932 and George HW Bush in 1992.

Cajazz76:24:8   June 3rd, 2010 8:01 pm ET

@Constance, Clearwater Beach, Florida

You're just one one 'perfect' example of my assessment in my blog..Did you ever consider the show was taped because it was at the White House and done at a time when the president's schedule wasn't compromised. Oh I know, you got used to Howdy Doody Time during the last administration.

Cajazz76:24:8   June 3rd, 2010 8:19 pm ET

@Leslie Kennedy

You fit well into my above assessment of the 'average' voter, as you describe yourself, and certainly coming from a 'Texan'. It's your political involvement as a Republican that allows you to call the President of the United States by his last name and then shame him using his first name. How repugnant and distant you are from being a bonafide citizen of this country...You shame yourself before the world, congratulations. Ever think of becoming an illegal alien somewhere....else.?

Cajazz76:24:8   June 3rd, 2010 8:32 pm ET

@Tina from Taylorsville, Kentucky

Seems you can't see 'round the mountain' up there in Kentucky. Admiral Thad Allen could have retired and gone on his merry way, but has chosen to risk his health and stayed on the job to insure that all that can be done, within his authority, is underway for the welfare of not only the Gulf States, but for the entire country. You listen to too much talk radio and have 'zero' clues to what Admiral Thad Allen actually does, correct? Why ask the question...'you're just an average housewife like @Leslie Kennedy....Please find a bar to hang out in while those who are trying to arrest a nightmare don't have to dream about the likes of you.

Cajazz76:24:8   June 3rd, 2010 9:04 pm ET

@Joe Hall

Seems quite obvious someone is holding to task those responsible for this disaster. Gee, when was that done during previous calamities of this magnitude? Did anyone put the monkey on the back of Exxon like is being done today? And @Rob, you perplex me. What would the value be toward resolve by the president dipping his hand into a toxic pile of sludge? I would be left feeling he was not aware of his surroundings. The 30,000 people involved in the efforts to control a nightmare should be regarded as the level of concern this president has for disaster he is in control of. It is certainly a battle worthy of the efforts unlike a 'weapons of mass destruction' egg hunt that, for the cost, could have built 1000 World Trade Centers...and that is not an exaggeration. Do the math cost $750,000,000 to build the Trade Centers, the cost of the Bush-Cheney debacle is now over $1trillion...need a calculator? I did.

Arthur Vescovi   June 3rd, 2010 11:28 pm ET

With out the U S Navy there is no hope ,and it might be to late. Can someone tell us why the U S Navy has not been put in place to help clean up the oil . There is no one better to do this job.

Cajazz76:24:8   June 3rd, 2010 11:56 pm ET

@Arthur Vescovi

Seems to me the Coast Guard is responsible for overseeing the efforts in the gulf since it is in our territorial waters, and BP, as it should, it footing the bill for the hiring and cleanup. But, that doesn't preclude or dismiss the enormity of this disaster.

It would be a strong possibility the U.S. Navy would be available to assist if they were not spread out cleaning up the end of one war and fighting another still far from being over. Catch my drift?

mikeal   June 4th, 2010 1:19 am ET

Please, can the patriotic Americans like Sara Palin, Glen Beck, Sean Hannity and tea partiers go immediately down the spill and plug the damn thing with their fingers.........and remain there to make sure no spill ever happens. Drill, baby, drill!!!
This way they can take back their America since they are anti-government, anti-regulations!
It would have been another government take-over if Obama sought to regulate BP and made them clean their mess- it would have been a job-killing, tax-raising, socialist agenda, no?
Up Repubs!!!

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   June 4th, 2010 9:20 am ET

No-one is even allowed to talk to the workers brought in by BP to help clean up their mess. Go figure. These workers are also starting to present as a bit of a problem themselves. Can you rely on BP to even oversee their own clean-up campaign??????????

The Government should probably take control as has been suggested before.

BP couldn't be relied on before this happened, how could they be relied on now. They will be covering their own arses I think.

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   June 4th, 2010 9:45 am ET

This disaster is bigger than President Obama and all of us it seems.

I have been watching some of the videos of the workers attempting to clean up the oil-spill that has now reached the land. It is back-breaking work and I feel very sorry for them and their efforts thus far are like a drop in the ocean. You would almost need an entire army out there to make an all-out assault on this and even then.

Couldn't they and I mean BP and the Government at least could have attempted from Day 1, done all they can to try and prevent the oil from reaching the shores. Were they seen to be doing this. I wonder??????

Idzan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   June 4th, 2010 9:49 am ET

When I saw the President just now, my heart really goes out to him. He looks morose and he's got wrinkles and more grey hairs.
But he managed to put a cool front and answers to Larry with great care and concern.
Like Wodward, I am also amazed at the way he controls his emotions.
If I am in his place, I would be tearing my hair out.

Bobby Jindal seems to be working real hard in this crisis.
He looks like he's really in charge and taking control to ease the hardship of the Louisianans?.
Is there a chance he be president after Obama?

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   June 4th, 2010 9:51 am ET

Please President Obama if you need to change legislations to ensure that these oil companies are operating under correct safety regulations, please have it seen to and looked into and something done about it.

We are hearing a lot of talk of what could have lead up to this disaster.

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   June 5th, 2010 11:00 pm ET

Yes, this is all President Obama needed, at a time when he has got enough on his plate and young shoulders as it is.

This is all we ever needed when we are all struggling as it is.

This is all we ever needed.

Prayers for us all.

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   June 6th, 2010 5:39 pm ET

Just heard on the news that BP has said that they will restore the Gulf. Bit too late for that I'm afraid. They should have thought of this before – 'PREVENT IS BETTER THAN CURE'.

Not 1 cent of tax payers money should be used in this disaster. It should all be on BP with their billions.

Right Side   June 7th, 2010 1:44 pm ET

Where are the scores of conservatives flocking to the disaster area to help with the cleanup effort? Why have Rush, Hannity and Beck not urged their viewers to go down to the impact area to help? These conservative leaders ought to be showing us the way here. They should be showing us how it's done without "big government".

Why should the American tax payer bailout BP by offering support for the cleanup? Because this land belongs to the Citizens of America. We ought to put up then run BP out of town on a rail and make sure no other oil giant takes advantage of us again. Our "big governement" can do that if we let them. Lay down your tea bag and help.

DrEdMartinn88   June 16th, 2010 2:04 pm ET

I think BP setting 20 billion in an escrow account is find. I also think the Federal government should do the same because they where negligent in running MMS. I also think Haliburton and the other subsidiary companies also should be forced to set-up escrow accounts aswell to soften the impact of this oil spill for all the residents in the coastal counties in all the gulf coast states. We also need to provide impact grants for roads and bridges and other commercial development to transition the people out of the fishing and oil business to other occupations. Because for the next ten years these folks lively have been destroyed.

Glenda Chapman   July 22nd, 2010 9:46 pm ET

Thank You. I am 72yrs old and I am glad I lived long enough to hear this positive interview with Hugh Hefner. Only you can do great interviewsl. Glenda Spingfield, MO.

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