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Obama to cap Gulf tour with Oval Office speech

Jun 15, 2010 7:38:00 AM - thestate.com
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President Barack Obama is capping two days in the suffering Gulf of Mexico with a solemn, high-stakes address to the nation that will lay out the enormous effort needed to right the multifaceted damage from the country's worst environmental disaster.

With the political import of Tuesday evening's address clear, Obama for the first time will use the Oval Office as an austere backdrop for a speech in which he will assign himself and his administration the momentous task of bringing back the Gulf's teeming wildlife and beauty to what it was before it was fouled by hundreds of millions of gallons of oil.

To victims of the spill, those who've lost their loved ones or livelihood or who've been less directly impacted, Obama will promise that their injuries will be addressed through a compensation fund he's directing BP PLC to establish.

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