President Thanks Coast Guard Crews For Oil Spill Cleanup Help

President Barack Obama is thanking Coast Guard members, including crews in Eastern Carolina, for their hard work in helping with the Gulf oil spill.

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter ELM, which has a home port of Atlantic Beach in Carteret County, was one of may units that assisted.

The ELM is currently in Pascagoula, Mississippi, where it is undergoing oil decontamination before returning to North Carolina.

The ELM and various Coast Guard units listened in as President Obama gave an address, thanking them.

“Just know that your Commander in Chief is proud of you, the nation is proud of you, and we are very, very appreciative of your service,” the President remarked. “Happy Birthday to the Coast Guard and, again, it is a great privilege to share a birthday with you.”

The President gave the address on August 4, which is Coast Guard Day. Obama turned 49 on August 4 as well.

ELM has been deployed to the Gulf since May 15. The cutter is equipped with a special system to help clean up oil. It's believed the cutter has taken 500,000 gallons from the Gulf.

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