President Obama surveys oil damage

(NBC) - President Obama made the trip to Gulfport Mississippi Monday,  a trip many others aren't going to make this year.

The oil has stayed away from most of the shore to this point, but clearly the effects of the spill have not.

"If people want to help, the best way to help is to come down here and visit," President Obama said.

Meanwhile the White House continues to push BP to set up an independently managed compensation fund.  President Obama shared that message with coastal business owners at a roundtable meeting.

The President was also briefed on a new plan from BP which indicates they could capture more than 50,000 barrels of oil a day from the leaking well by the end of the month and 60,000 to 80,000 barrels a day by mid-July.

The president's tour continues in Alabama at a Coast Guard staging facility, then barrier islands affected by the oil.  The president will end his day in Florida and spend part of the day there Tuesday before traveling back to Washington.

Once back at the White House the president will deliver his first address from the Oval Office to update the nation on conditions along the Coast.

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