White House Meeting on oil Spill Today

Published June 7, 2010

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is huddling with Cabinet chiefs on the Gulf oil spill as the administration settles in for the long haul.

The president's telling Gulf Coast residents he's on their side.

But the realization has hit home that this will a drawn-out battle, likely lasting many months.

Obama's point man on the spill, Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, says what he calls the "siege" of the Gulf is destined to last into the fall -- and beyond. Thad Allen, says even IF BP succeeds in stanching much of the flow, enough oil is sloshing around the Gulf already to do terrible damage. On the weekend talk shows, he said the spill must attacked "on all fronts", in a fight that goes on "well into the fall."

Written by <P>By the Associated Press</P>

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