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President Obama to speak on Coastal Crisis tonight

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - President Barack Obama will make his first televised address from the Oval Office tonight to speak to the nation about the coastal crisis. The speech will come at the end of a two day coastal tour where he visited the Mississippi Gulf coast for the first time.

While in Gulfport, MS, Obama met with Governor Haley Barbour and the First Lady, as well as several business owners. In a short statement before departing to Alabama he encouraged tourism.

"There's still a lot of opportunity for visitors to come down here. A lot of beaches are not yet affected or will not be affected. We want to make sure that people who have travel plans down here to the gulf area remain mindful of that because if people want to know what they can do to help folks down here, one of the best ways to help is to come down here an enjoy the outstanding hospitality."

The president also addressed the need for compensation for those affected by the oil spill.

"We have a clear understanding about how we can best present to BP the need to make sure that individuals and businesses are dealt with in a fair manner and in a prompt manner."

WLOX will broadcast the presidential address live tonight, Tuesday, June 15 at 7:00 PM.

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