President to witness oil spill firsthand in Alabama this afternoon

Associated Press - June 14, 2010 3:34 AM ET

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is going back to the Gulf of Mexico and this time he's visiting new ground tainted by BP's devastating oil spill.

He'll first visit Mississippi before coming to Theodore, Ala., near Mobile, where his comments are scheduled for sometime between 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. WSFA 12 News will break into scheduled coverage to carry those comments live. The president will continue on to Pensacola, Fla., where he's scheduled to spend the night.

After his return to Washington on Tuesday, the president will speak to the nation from the Oval Office about what he's seen in the afflicted states and what to expect in the weeks ahead. It will be his first such address to the nation.

Before the start Monday of Obama's 2-day trip to Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, the White House announced the president will order BP to establish a multibillion-dollar compensation fund for victims of the oil spill.

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