The entire way-of-life in the small Louisiana fishing town of Buras is under threat from the spill, and locals gathered together to watch Obama’s televised White House address, desperate for signs of hope.
There was a mixed reaction to what they heard:
“I liked everything he said and that he’s been saying. He’s been standing up for us. He’s been down here, he’s been to Grand Isle, he’s been to Alabama, he’s been, you know.” said shrimp fisherman James Swayne.
But Ray Sopreano, a fisherman from nearby Venice, was more frank. “It’s bullshit, I didn’t like nothing he said. Cause he ain’t showing what he wants to do. Straight up. And I got enough, I ain’t saying no more.”
Polls show most Americans believe Obama has been too detached in dealing with the crisis and has not been tough enough in dealing with BP.