"You will not be abandoned. You will not be left behind. We are on your side and we will see this through.
I am the president and the buck stops with me."
Today President Barack Obama returned to the Gulf Coast to inspect the efforts to stop the oil leak that has spilled millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. The President has taken much criticism, some from members of his own party, about his seeming detachment from the dire situation in the Gulf. With his appearance today, Mr. Obama tried to reassure the public that he is in charge, and in the words of BP CEO Tony Hayward...
"We are working for the government. The government is running it (the effort to stop the leak)."
For a full account from Reuters, click here.
Below, video from The Associated Press and from ITN.