The spill was one of dozens of disasters that Obama's administration has had to grapple with since he took office. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, 106 "major disasters" have occurred since Jan. 20, 2009. That's compared with 62 during the same 16-month period under George W. Bush and 54 under Bill Clinton.
The Gulf visit comes as the administration tries to assert its authority and show the public that it's on top of the problem.
The following is a list of other visits Obama, and his predecessors, made in their first 16 months in response to a disaster.
Oct. 16, 2009: Obama visits New Orleans and discusses Hurricane Katrina recovery.
Nov. 10, 2009: Obama attends a memorial service at Fort Hood after a gunman goes on a rampage, killing 13 people.
April 1, 2010: Obama visits emergency workers responding to flooding in Massachusetts.
April 25, 2010: Obama attends a memorial service for the Upper Big Branch mine disaster.
May 2, 2010: Obama visits the Gulf coast to survey the damage from the BP oil spill.
May 13, 2010: Obama visits families of victims from the Continental plane crash near Buffalo, N.Y.
May 28, 2010: Obama returns to the Gulf coast to survey damage from the oil spill.
George W. Bush
Sept. 12, 2001: Bush tours the Pentagon site after the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
Sept. 13, 2001: Bush visits patients injured in the Pentagon attack.
Sept. 14, 2001: Bush visit New York City to survey damage after the Sept. 11 attacks.
Oct. 3, 2001: Bush returns to visit New York City.
Oct. 30, 2001: Bush returns again to New York City.
Nov. 10, 2001: Bush returns again to New York City.
July 5, 1993: Clinton visits flooded communities in the Midwest.
July 15, 1993: Clinton makes his second visit to the Midwest to survey flood damage.
Sept. 6, 1993: Clinton visits Florida after Hurricane Andrew.
Jan. 20, 1994: Clinton visits California to survey earthquake damage.
March 25, 1994: Clinton visits the site of a military plane crash at Pope Air Force Base.