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Obama travels to Louisiana

June 4, 2010 at 8:41 AM
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WASHINGTON, June 4 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama travels to Louisiana Friday to assess work to counter the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the White House said.

Obama will discuss the situation with U.S. Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, national incident commander, and meet with state and local officials, the White House daily schedule indicated.

Obama also will visit Gulf Coast communities affected by the oil spill that began April 20 when a rig exploded, killing 11 workers. Two days later it sank.

Before leaving for Louisiana, Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will tour K Neal International, a commercial truck dealership and truck parts supplier in Hyattsville, Md. After touring the facility with workers, Obama is to make a statement on the monthly federal jobs report, the White House said.

Obama also will welcome Major League Soccer champion Real Salt Lake to the White House.