The Obama administration is likely to name a "czar" to oversee long-term recovery efforts in the Gulf of Mexico, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Tuesday.
President Barack Obama is likely to name an individual in charge of helping Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, making good on his pledge to restore the Gulf to its pre-spill condition.
"We will have somebody who, yes, will be tasked with doing that," Gibbs said during an appearance on "Good Morning America" when asked if the president was likely to name a single person — or "czar" — in his administration to supervise the long-term efforts.
"We are going to outline tonight groups of people and somebody that will be in charge of putting a recovery plan together [...] once we get past the cleanup and response phase of this disaster," Gibbs explained.
That person could be part of a long-term commitment on the part of the administration to restore the economies and environments of coastal areas from the impact of the spill, which is regarded as one of the worst — if not the worst — ecological disasters in U.S. history.
Obama promised residents of those areas that he would work to leave those areas in better condition than he found them during a tour of affected areas in Mississippi and Alabama.
"I am confident that we're going to be able to leave the Gulf Coast in better shape than it was before," he said.