July 23, 2014
VENICE, La. (AP) - President Barack Obama is calling the surging oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico a massive and potentially unprecedented environmental disaster.
Standing in the rain outside a Coast Guard station in Venice, La., Obama says the leak from a ruptured oil line could take many days to stop. He vowed to do whatever it takes as long as it takes to stop this crisis.
Obama defended his administration's response to the explosion on the BP rig that unleashed what is now believed to be at least 5,000 barrels a day of oil spilling into the Gulf. He says that "from day one ... we have prepared for the worst while we have hoped for the best.