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President Obama continues his visit to the Gulf states while trying to reassure residents they will recover....
Gulf Coast -- The President spent the day up close and personal with the oil spill and all of its costs along the coast.
"In some ways, what we are dealing with is unique because its not simply one catastrophic event. It’s an ongoing assault," said President Obama.
It’s an assault on all sides…beaches now empty even before the oil arrives.
"There is still a lot of opportunity for visitors to come down here. A lot of beaches that are not yet affected or will not be affected," said Obama.
Restaurants are struggling to serve their seafood specialties.
Scott Weinberg, a restaurant owner, said, "I have felt it along with everybody else. From what I understand seafood restaurants’ sales are down 30 percent."
The President reassured businesses he would push BP to set up a multi-billion dollar claims fund and reassured diners by downing a dish of crabcakes and fried shrimp, before serving up a promise.
"This region that has known a lot of hardship will bounce back like it's bounced back before," said Obama.
But that kind of optimism was harder to find on some of the region’s oily beaches.
Tourist Nicole Hoodicoff said, "I'm very sad about it and I'm sad to think what we're doing to the environment here."
Everyone here knowing that the crude is still coming even after the President leaves.