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President Obama dispatched two top Cabinet officers to Louisiana on Thursday and said the federal government would "continue to use every available resource at our disposal" to contain a huge oil slick threatening the coastline there.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, one of those tapped by Obama to get a handle on the situation, said the spill was a matter of "national significance," a designation freeing up federal aid from all regions of the country to combat it, the New York Times said.

"We will continue to push BP to engage in the strongest response possible," Napolitano said at a White House briefing. "We will continue to oversee those efforts, and add to those efforts where we deem necessary."

An explosion last week on a BP oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico left 11 workers missing and sunk the rig, disconnecting it from an oil well 5,000 feet below the surface. The amount of oil leaking from the uncapped well is now estimated at five times greater than first believed, the Times said.

Clean-up crews hope to contain the slick on the surface with controlled burning before it reaches the coastline, where it's feared the floating oil could cause extensive damage to willdlife, fisheries and beaches. But windy conditions Thursday delayed action on the plan.

Obama said Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson are also going to Louisiana to help coordinate the effort and "ensure that BP and the entire U.S. government is doing everything possible." The president ordered inspections of other rigs and platforms in the Gulf, and said he would use resources of the Department of Defense if neceessary.

In late March, Obama said his administration would lift a decades old moratorium on offshore drilling and consider leases for potential new areas of development off the mid and south Atlantic coast, parts of the Gulf, and Alaska. The announcement disappointed environmentalists.

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I THINK PRESIDENT OBAMA IS DOING A GREAT JOB. HE DID NOT GET US INTO THIS MESS. THIS DEPRESSION, THE WAR, THE PERMISSION TO DRILL FOR OIL.ETC.ETC WERE ALL THE FAULT OF FORMER ADMINISTRATIONS. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT INSTANT CURES. WE ARE A BUNCH OF SPOILED BRATS. THE REPUBLICANS ARE THE PRIMARY FAULT OF THE EXISTING SITUTION ALONG WITH OUR SELF SERVING POLICITIANS. I VOTE FOR THE BEST CHOICE. I AM AN INDEPENTENT THINKER. WE ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING OUR MIDDLE CLASS WHICH HAS MADE US THE STRONGEST NATION IN THE WORLD. WE HAVE A TWO PARTY SYSTEM. WE HAVE LEARNED THAT WE CANNOT SUPPORT ANOTHER PARTY. THE GOP HAS ALWAYS BEEN ASSOCIATED WITH THE WEALTHY AND THE DEMOCRATS WITH THE POOR I AM FROM ARKANSAS BUT LEFT THERE AS A CHILD AND WAS RAISED IN CHICHAGO. I WAS A CHILD IN THE GREAT DEPRESSON. SOMETIMES WE DID NOT KNOW WHERE OUR NEXT MEAL WAS COMMING FROM. TODAY I HAVE PERSONALLY SPOKEN TO CLINTON AND OBAMA WHEN THEY WERE TRYING TO SEE IF THEY HAD ENOUGH SUPPORT TO RUN. WE WENT ON A CRUISE AS THE GUESTS OF PRESIDEN AND BARBARA BUSH. IN WHAT OTHER COULD A LITTLE COTTON PICKER SUCH AS MYSELF RISE TO THIS LEVEL.

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