New Orleans, La. – Landrieu says all the bad news about the oil spill is confusing visitors into believing the oil is lapping up in the city, and seafood isn't safe. Neither is true, but he says the misperception could take hold.
"It is really important that we get way ahead of this. We can see it coming. We know what's going to happen. We know how to prevent it. We need the resources to do it. It's an easy call."
Michael Broadway has been shucking oysters at Acme Oyster House in the French Quarter for 28 years.
"My customers used to come to me and ask me, 'How much is a dozen?' Now they come to me and ask me where the oysters are from, and are they safe to eat."
Landrieu says BP's latest corporate campaign that pledges to fix the oil damage is a sign that it knows the value of marketing.
For NPR News, I'm Eileen Fleming in New Orleans.