Obama inspects beach threatened by Gulf oil spill
(AP) - Intent on showing firm command of a deepening Gulf Coast crisis, President Barack Obama inspected afouled beach, took in what he called "heartbreaking stories" ofthe catastrophe and declared "we're going to keep at it" untilthe America's largest-ever oil spill is stopped and cleaned up.
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"It's an assault on our shores, on our people, on the regionaleconomy and on communities like this one," said Obama, from thissmall barrier island town south of New Orleans that is threatenedby the massive oil leak. "People are watching their livelihoodswash up on the beach."
With more than 20,000 people already in the region working tocontain and clean up the still-gushing crude, Obama announced hewas tripling the manpower in places where oil has washed ashore oris about to.
"This is our highest priority and it deserves a response thatis equal to the task," he said at a shoreside podium in front of astretch of sparkling blue, unmarred water. Before he spoke,dolphins and fish could be seen gliding through the water andseabirds frequently fluttered past.