Obama is going back to the Gulf of Mexico, this time venturing on to new ground tainted by oil, before he speaks to the nation about what he’s seen in the afflicted states and what to expect in the weeks ahead.
Before the start Monday of a two-day trip to Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, the White House announced Obama would order BP to establish a major victim’s compensation fund. When he returns to Washington on Tuesday evening Obama will use his first Oval Office speech as president to address the catastrophe.
Obama’s first three trips to the Gulf took him to the hardest-hit state, Louisiana. On Monday, Day 56 since BP’s leased Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded and unleashed a fury of oil into the Gulf, he’s flying to Gulfport, Miss. From there he’ll travel along the coast to Alabama, where oil was washing up in heavy amounts along the shores Sunday in the eastern part of the state.