Pressure Mounts on Obama to End Oil Spill

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President Barack Obama is going back to the Gulf Coast for his fourth visit, hoping to convince Americans he is working hard to bring an end to the oil spill crisis. Pressure has been mounting on the president to show that he has a handle on the situation.

For those who feel the president has not been doing a full-court press yet over the Gulf Oil spill crisis, it certainly appears he is now.

On Monday and Tuesday, Obama will be in the Gulf states he has not visited since the spill occurred. Then he will hustle back to the White House to give his first Oval Office speech to the nation Tuesday night.

He will likely talk about forcing British Petroleum's billions of dollars that have been dedicated to compensating victims of the crisis into an escrow account.

BP's board -- already coping with an $85 billion loss in market value -- has scheduled an emergency meeting on Monday to discuss that fund.

Click play for an update on Obama's visit to the Gulf Coast with CBN News Reporter Dale Hurd, followed by analysis of media coverage of the spill with Julia Seymour of the Business and Media Institute.

"And we want to make sure that that money is independently administered so that there won't be slow-walk on these claims," Senior White House adviser David Axelrod said on NBC's Meet the Press Sunday. "There are people there who live from pay--from week to week and whose livelihoods have been, have been taken away from them here, and we want to make sure that they can get through this."

Then on Wednesday, Obama is scheduled to meet at the White House with top BP officials, who are still sounding bullish about being able to stop and contain the spill.

"There's a huge amount of equipment out there working -- large equipment working in close proximity," said Doug Suttles, Chief Operation Officer of BP.

But it seems like everyday there's another embarrassment for BP. One of their giant oil containers suddenly washed up and leaked out on a formerly pristine Florida beach this past weekend.

"It was a real shock and we were concerned because it became apparent that it was a 550 gallon container and it was right there in front of our house where we'd been swimming and fishing and things like that," said Michael Humphries, who had a container land on his beach.

Meanwhile, prominent Republicans were on the attack on Sunday TV news programs.

"The reaction, I think, on the part of the administration has been slow," Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, said on ABC's This Week.

Gov. Bob Riley, R-Ala., complained of gridlock.

"What we have done is bring all of the federal partners in together, and essentially we're trying to manage this through a committee form," Riley said on CBS' Face the Nation. "And it's a committee where any one member has absolute veto power. I don't think you can do that. I think we're going to have to set priorities."

Gov. Haley Barbour, R-Miss., blasted Obama's moratorium on drilling that he warned could drive much of the oil industry out of the Gulf.

"It's not going to be back in six months when the moratorium is over," he said on Face the Nation. "It's going to be gone. "We produce 30 percent of our oil in the United States in the Gulf of Mexico. If you shut that down, and it will have an enormously negative effect on the national economy."

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