Obama vows to do everything to protect Gulf coast

08:10, May 28, 2010      

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A frame grab, taken from a BP live video feed, shows machinery being used in the "top kill" procedure to stop the flow of oil from the Gulf of Mexico oil well, May 26, 2010. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

U.S. President Barack Obama vowed Thursday that his administration would do everything necessary to protect and restore the Gulf of Mexico coast.

"We're exploring any reasonable strategies to try and save the Gulf from a spill that may otherwise last until the relief wells are finished and that's a process that could take months," Obama told a news conference in the White House.

Obama also said that it's the federal government instead of BP that was in charge of the response to the Gulf oil spill.

"The American people should know that from the moment this disaster began, the federal government has been in charge of the response effort," Obama said.

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