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President Obama Returns to Gulf Coast

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President Barack Obama is back in the Gulf Coast for a two-day visit before he meets with officials from BP later this week.

The president offered a brief update from Gulfport, Mississippi this morning. He said he spoke with Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen about efforts to coordinate cleanup response and improve communication. He also spent some time reassuring residents that BP will be held responsible for compensating victims of the disaster.

The president's second stop today was in Theodore, Alabama, where he made a vow that the Gulf Coast would be restored, although he admitted it would take time.

Tomorrow night, he will address the nation on developments in cleaning up the oil spill. The president will also meet with officials from BP on Wednesday, before another round of Congressional hearings on the oil spill later this week.