June 15th, 2010
02:23 PM ET

Oil spill will get 'unprecedented response,' says Obama

CNN Wire Staff

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President Obama said Tuesday that the Gulf oil spill "is an unprecedented environmental disaster" that will be met with an "unprecedented response."

"This is an assault on our shores and we're going to fight back with everything we've got," he said during a visit with military personnel at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida.

The administration "will do whatever it takes for as long as it takes" to deal with the spill, he said.

Obama repeated a pledge to force BP to provide economic compensation for the economic damage caused by the spill.

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  1. Augsbee

    I listened to his speech earlier today, for the first time he sounded like my President of the USA, not the President of all other countries. Perhaps it took this crisis to make him understand that he and we are all one American people, one country and he is in charge of looking after all of us as one people.

    June 15, 2010 at 3:18 pm |