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"He told us we weren't going to be forgotten," said Keith Jones, of Baton Rouge, La. "He just wanted us to know this wasn't going to leave his mind and his heart."
The families asked the president to support changes to the federal "Death on the High Seas Act,'' which limits compensation to survivors of those who die in international waters, The New York Times reported.
Jones' 28-year-old son, Gordon, was killed when the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded April 20, causing a disastrous oil spill that has yet to be completely capped.
Obama was joined by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, White House energy adviser Carol Browner, senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, and Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen.
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