The President made his first public comments about the spill April 29, pledging to use every resource available to stop the spill. The same day, Louisiana declared a state of emergency. Many feared the oil could start to reach land. A day later it was announced that all drilling in new areas had been halted.
In this photo the president stands alongside Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar during a May briefing.
(Photo:AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)