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The Oval Office he yesterday he visited parts of Mississippi and now Florida two day tour of the region speaking with residents and fishermen and others that were impacted.
By this -- let's -- -- out of a fox this -- correspondent Adam Shapiro -- live than in Pensacola Florida once again with the latest from there which is what Adam good morning.
Well everybody here good morning Connell is -- from President Obama they've got this part of the beach roped off but they're great many people here from Pensacola that the beach over here very clean for the president and of course the -- here has been clean although.
If you go down the furthest portion of this speech there have been tar balls washing up which -- cleaning.
Over -- Alabama which is only twenty minutes -- here.
The cleanup effort is being quite intense we -- very oil tar covered beaches on Saturday they clean him up Sunday they're actually outlook golf frank if we take a look at how flat the water is right now.
That's helping that's the crews which -- skimming oil I've just got off the phone.
-- Brian Sibley who is from the mobile incident command.
Working for BP and he said they were able to get and skim a great deal -- -- yesterday but they were very close to shore less than a mile offshore and the concern is that two mile wide.
Forty mile long oil slick which is that the golf is still headed towards Pensacola one of the complaints that his -- reason from people all along the Gulf Coast.
Is that the federal government as well as BP do not they don't have the equipment in place to not only prevent the oil from reaching shore but that want to get here they don't have enough time to clean it up I want to introduce you to -- to be a lot of Jones she is from Pensacola -- -- to see the president.
And how do you think BP and the federal government are doing in their preparations to protect this gorgeous -- I -- afraid if we -- We really afraid here and we want something done we need something done right away.
And if you could speak to the president what's the most important thing you'd say to him don't forget about us.
You know look look at our beautiful beats we love it you know just don't forget about it help we -- we need help here.
Underdogs in Pensacola thank you very much -- one of the things that's going on as the president has been meeting with local business people along the gulf.
About the efforts to file their claims -- -- -- There are reports that the administration is actually considering taking over the claims process from BP.
-- BP will not create an independent entity or authority to to speed up the process and look at the if the claims -- -- like 50000 claims filed already.
62 million dollars has been paid to.
Business is all the way from Louisiana over here to Florida.
But that's not nearly a drop in the bucket of what these business people tell us they're losing -- -- you look at the hotels along the Gulf Coast as wanna say again the scene of all these people who want to come see the president here at the beach.
Hotel bookings down twenty to 50%.
Restaurants and different businesses along this were telling us that they have lost a great deal of business.
And this -- hasn't even been impacted by oil it's the perception that you can't go in the water it's the perception that there your holiday would be.
Ruined and so people -- canceling their visits to the Gulf Coast here in Florida.
And what governor Crist -- -- even President Obama are telling people -- Come on down it's still good here in Florida even an Alabama they get in the cleanup going that's the latest from here the president should should show up we will break in -- -- what you know about that -- corner in Pensacola on another hot and steamy day Connell.
-- its interest he had just those people as you said are lined up to see the president yesterday when we talk to you we saw few people in the water but in general is that message the president trying to get across that.
It's okay come here it's OK to eat the food all the stuff the stuff is -- getting through now.
The message is is.
Honestly not getting through because people are afraid but -- both candidates if you booked a vacation here but you were told you could go in the water which is still come.
It's a rough thing and you see all the stuff on the news and and what have you and of course you if you can't go in these beautiful beaches if you can't use the water than I guess what's the point to a lot of people that's a tough.
Situation there -- that is what -- -- thanks a lot we'll talk to.
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