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by Jim Henderson / Eyewitness Sports Director

wwltv.com

Posted on August 9, 2010 at 12:31 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 9 at 9:57 PM

WASHINGTON – For some of the New Orleans Saints players it was like another Super Bowl victory, but while the celebration was all about the Saints, the oil spill in the Gulf did provide some sobering moments.

President Barack Obama hit all of the right notes in his remarks concerning this Super Bowl season. But in the midst of them, he paused to remember the crisis in the Gulf and people who continue to suffer.

“What is clear the battle to stop the oil from flowing into the Gulf is just about over, our work goes on though,” said Obama.

“I made a commitment to the people of the Gulf Coast that I would stand by them, not just until the well was closed but until they recover from the damage that has been done, and that’s a commitment my administration is going to keep.”

That portion of the remarks certainly got the attention of one member of the gallery, Grand Isle Mayor David Camardelle.

“I was very impressed,” said Camardelle.

“He came straight into the audience and he came and talked to me and the two fishermen, and asked about one of the fisherman’s wife and asked the other if his business was taken care of.  And he told him, things are getting better but we still have a lot to do.”

Asked about mentioning lifting the moratorium, “I kind of mentioned it to him. I told him that I’m still here asking you to lift the moratorium,” said Camardelle.

“He said, ‘We’re going to get it, David. I promise we’re going to pick it up.’”

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