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Obama Traveling To New Orleans On Friday To Assess Gulf Oil Spill

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Obama will review efforts to counter the catastrophic leak still gushing oil into the Gulf of Mexico. The Obamas still plan to vacation in Chicago over Memorial Day weekend. The AP reports that the family will travel to Chicago Thursday, and the President will travel from Chicago to Louisiana and back on Friday.

Obama last visited the region on May 2, when he called the spill "a massive and potentially unprecedented environmental disaster." Almost a month later, the oil leak has yet to be plugged.

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