May 28th, 2010
09:44 PM ET

Oil Cleanup Sham?: Join the Live Chat

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Tonight a Louisiana politician accuses BP of shipping in cleanup workers for Pres.  Obama's visit and then letting them leave right after he did. We're keeping them honest.  Plus, the death of child actor star Gary Coleman and more.

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  1. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Mike, formerly from Syracuse, "James Carvelle is absolutely right taking on the President. It has ten times more effect having the truth come from his own party."

    I agree, but it means even more coming form Carvillle, altho I think he and Mary have backed off a little recently.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  2. Linda in Arizona

    What does that woman reporter MEAN, "could be nothing at all"? It's OBVIOUS its a show put on for the POTUS. We don't need to engage in "conspiracy theories" to see that!

    May 28, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  3. Shanny

    I wish they would let us volunteer more easily. I work in the school system. It would not be a crazy idea for me to give 6 weeks to washing wildlife.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  4. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    Anderson, thank you for the discussion with the other reporters in the area (on the team).

    Very informative.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  5. Nicole The Netherlands

    Great Anderson, you make the full report including all the reporters as the eyewitnesses they have been for weeks!

    May 28, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  6. Mike

    The earth is bleeding.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  7. Georgina

    How can you possibly believe that BP removed the camera to clean it? Coincidence that during Wolf Blizters show huge plumes exploded on camera and all of a sudden BP has to clean the camera? For a multi-national company they either think we're stupid or they're too stupid to recognize that we're too intelligent to buy their Bull@^*t!!!! Somebody has to put pressure back onto to BP to get that camera back on site...we deserve to know!

    May 28, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  8. Nicole

    I think people are mad and they should be but I dont think pushing that anger on the President is fair. The anger should stay with BP. I think the President is doing the best he can. People seem to forget that this is his 2nd trip to LA. He came when the oil spill first happened

    May 28, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  9. jacqueline, NY

    These oil companies do not own the bodies of water. How is it they have so much say over what gets done or not?

    May 28, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  10. Betty Ruth Unnasch

    IF BP,doesn't come through quickly to suit the people of the gulf coast they need to be boycotted . Hit where it will hurt,in the pocket book , they don' care what happen to any of the gulf coast or the people only the all might $. I voted for change, is this what we have to look for? I was born in La. and it's full of history and natural beauty and wonderful God Fearin' folks that work hard and have a different way of life than the rest of the country but isn't that what makes our country so great!

    May 28, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  11. marcus robinson

    The people of Louisiana took the oil royalties for the drilling in the gulf. They knew the risk. Don't try and blame this on the President!!! The american government is now equipped to stop oil leaks??

    May 28, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  12. Diane Berube Canada

    Have a great long weekend everyone. I will be praying for a good news story from BP soon. Thank you for your continuing coverage of this Anderson.
    I am glad it didn’t take longer to find you.
    You are doing an awesome job covering this.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  13. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    How can BP not be used to dealing with public??? they make gas that we use to execute transportation for our lives!

    They can spend billions on Carbon Footprint campaign but dont know how to deal with people???

    May 28, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  14. Marilyn...Tampa,fl

    This is the time for Obama to prove he has what it takes to be President. Sitting behind a desk and talking about what he plans to do about this mess isn't cutting it. For goodness sake!!! Show me what you're doing!!!

    He should have mobilized the Coast Guard immediately and given LA the tools they needed in order to start building berms to keep the oil out of the marshes. 37 days later, nothing is being done.

    He continues to remain distant from the problem. Rather than stay a few hours and then leaving for Chicago, he should have spent Memorial Day weekend in New Orleans. it would have given the city much needed support in showing the nation that the city is still alive, hotels are open, restaurants are serving and most of the beaches are still open.

    Thank you Anderson for giving us up to date reports on what's really happening. Without you, we'd only be getting a small part of the picture.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  15. Mary

    Not that I have any respect for BP, but I hope that they are successful with the topkill. I hope everyone has a respectful Memorial Day. Great job 360.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  16. Brian B., Colorado

    Americans don't really care about where their energy, plastics, fertilizers... everything that makes their fat comfortable life possible come from. Drive an SUV? Eat feedlot beef, pork, and chicken? Have a long commute from the suburbs, and travel extensively for recreation? Then your life's habits are the reason they drill in 5000 ft of water to get the last little bit of oil to keep the myth of your excessive consumption alive. Leave nothing for your kids, eat yourselves into diabetes, heart disease, cancer and be proud to be an American. Don't like the oil catastrophe in the Gulf? Americans embrace and empower everything that is the direct cause of it. So, until you stop eating oil and change the way you live, shut up and reap what you've sown.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  17. Diane Berube Canada

    It is always sad when someone passes at a young age. Gary Coleman is hopefully still putting smiles on faces where ever he is.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  18. Nancy Newell

    Think it's kind of interesting...tarballs...hazmat...and I seen several people on TV today...handling these tarball with bare hands...squeezing them, rolling them around and rubbing it into their palms...The President and Ed Henry are two of them...Hazardous material folks.
    I have worked at BP Chemical (before they sold it) as a construction contractor. My husband went down in an accident, cyanide...this was in the 90's and their fresh air was raincoats and duct tape and a fresh air mask. I thought my husband was going to punch out the BP official who suggested I poisoned his coffee.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  19. Jim


    great coverage of the gulf oil spill, including some great commentary that places a critical lense on the Obama administrations handling of the disaster. I found the president's visit ot be dissapointing, more of a photo op. It's as though he had his plans for the weekend and couldn't interrupt them. Sad.


    May 28, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  20. Bryan - Nashville

    Thank you James Carville!!! This oil catastrophy is an American catastrophy. This is not limited to Louisianna, or Washington, or New Hampshire, or Floriday...this is America's problem. Anybody who thinks otherwise is simply not an American.

    And those who shouted the loudest "Drill baby drill" should be the first to help out. Where's Ms. Palin? Where's Lis Chaney? Where's Fox "News"? Where's the Tea Party" These should've been the first people helping out. Yet, they're nowhere to be found...or heard from.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  21. Moki in Tucson

    This is a great tragedy for the area and the people there are understandably in great shock and grief. I pray for them, and I think than praying for the President is better than cursing him. If we did less cursing of one another and more praying for one another, things would change very quickly for the better.

    May these wetlands be restored to their former beauty as soon as possible and may this catastrophe trigger our determination as a country to never let this happen again.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  22. Terry

    bp as multitaskers! ha! Today, after going into the bp disaster center in Grand Isle to find out why the informational line has not been answering, i found a young girl hired to answer the phone, but the phone on her desk wasn"t plugged in!!! If BP can't plug in a phone how are we supposed to believe they can plug the leak!!!

    May 28, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  23. Marti Hokans

    It was good to see Billy Nungesser smile. Hopefully he can find more reasons to do that as this goes on.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  24. charlotte Patterson

    With regards to the president's trip to La...It occurs to me that the president was shown some of the worst part of the spill in that area and a tragic disaster is a tragic disaster. How much do you have to see in order to be sick to your stomach at this tragedy? He's gone home to get on the crisis. Charlotte Patterson, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  25. janet

    this is a DISASTER!!!!!! the president should at least stay there for 1 night. Its like he doesnt even care about it. The people in Louisiana are devistated because that is what they are known for. The economy is bad now but it will get worse if BP does not fix this it could ruin life as we know it. The beautiful sea animals that we know today our grandchildren wont be able to see. BP needs to fix this because it will ruien the world and the ozone......
    fix this BP!!!!!!!!!,

    May 28, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  26. Kenya

    Oh Gary. Rest his soul.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  27. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    "What you talking about, Willis?" is gone. I hope he found peace within himself!

    May 28, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  28. lisal -canada

    it is just not right – the historical and cultural impact on the families – they are not just losing jobs and money, they are losing heritage and the rights of future generations – that should just not be allowed to happen – not allowed

    May 28, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  29. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @Jo Ann, James Carvelle is absolutely right taking on the President. It has ten times more effect having the truth come from his own party.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  30. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    Yes – BP used junk shot intermittently between topkill procedure....they used rubber balls vs. golf balls as rubber balls are lighter and are a little bigger in the diameter

    I have heard that algae can be used to produce oil – so may be (like i said a week ago) there could be algae that could eat up the oil or break its composure

    May 28, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  31. james may

    Look at ac360 keeping them honest. Solid, respectable reporting. I am impressed. More impressed, however, by James Carville's honesty, and heart felt criticism over the mishandling of this disaster. He is a man of integrity, regardless of the fact that I am no where near a democrat. Keep on keeping on.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  32. jacqueline, NY

    Because we all share the same water, this is not just a Gulf Coast problem, maybe just for now. But pretty soon it will be all over, so every expert and oil company should be banning together to fix this mess.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  33. Claus

    So sad about Gary Coleman. He had so many health problems his entire life and died way too young. RIP, Gary Coleman. We will miss you.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  34. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    God bless Gary Coleman. Such a young man to die.

    Prayers to his family & friends...

    May 28, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  35. Brianna

    It would be great if you guys would possibly great places to visit in louisiana and places to eat and visit while there!
    Brianna New Mexico

    May 28, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  36. Deborah Alvarado

    President Obama seems to be repeating mantras that he would like us to believe – such as calling the cleanup effort "an historic effort"

    May 28, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  37. Blanche Jackson


    The President can't be in two places at once, that is why he depends on his advisors to keep him informed, he is not superman.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  38. Johanne Henrickson

    I salute Anderson Cooper and James Carville for championing Louisiana. I too feel the president should have spent some time with the regular people of the state–maybe eaten in a restaurant–encouraged people to still come there. I feel sick over the destruction of the natural resources and wildlife of the state. When I heard about all the previous safety violations of BP I felt even sicker.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  39. marcus robinson

    The President should spend more time in Louisiana and do what James? Sure President stay in Louisiana while the rest of country deals with the other major issues facing us. It looks good when you're down there, meanwhile the pipe is still leaking. The people of Louisiana knew the risk of having the oil rig drilling in the gulf, just like the peole knew the risk of the levies during Katrina!!!

    May 28, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  40. Janet, Tuckahoe, NY

    Thank goodness James Carville is so passionate and telling it like it is. I liked what the President said today but also disappointed he didn't spend some time with the locals and fisherman. Why is the response dragging to such an incredible disaster.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  41. Rajiev

    I think Billy was offerred some kind of advisory post today.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  42. Michael Zajkowski

    Thank you so very much to Anderson Cooper for telling it like it is about the oil spill in the Gulf.It is people like you and CNN that give us hope.I live in Chicago, and watch you every night.Keep giving it to BP. I will not buy anything that has BP on it. They can take the oil and gas and stick it. Thank you so much for speaking for us. Mike Z. from Chicago

    May 28, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  43. Nicole The Netherlands

    @Jean Mohr the only thing i know is the MMS gave permission without consulting NOAA or and the EPA, proper procedures where not followed..

    May 28, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  44. Sylvia Socks

    Two questions: Will wild-life sanctuary's at some point run out of room/resources? And will oil-water combination effect moisture dispersment? Re: oil holding water in place as to cause lack of evaporation or hurricanes carrying it inland for an even worse scenario.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  45. June

    Definitely concur with Stephanie!

    May 28, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  46. Carole

    Has anyone from B.P or the US government asked for advice or assistance or ideas as to how to stop the oil flow from any or all of the other oil company's that have drill rigs in our oceans?? Do "any of those oil rigs" have the where with all or plan in place to prevent a similar catastrophe from taking place. If not they should be prevented from continuing to drill in the ocean until they do.Simple as that.
    This disaster to the environment will take years if not centuries to recover from.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  47. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    James Carville truly loves Louisiana and I feel for him. He is in a difficult position, but I think he knows Obama is blowing off the people in Louisiana.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  48. Pat

    Anderson please let folks know that Houma/Thibodaux seafood is safe also...Just had great shrimp in Houma tonight...Also come to Terrebonne parish...Thanks

    May 28, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  49. David, Indiana

    @Isabel I saw your comment to Starr, very glad to hear things are going better.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  50. Claus

    @Mike, formerly from Syracuse
    I agree with all of your points.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
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