What does President Obama need to say and do?

The stakes are enormous. President Obama makes his first Oval Office speech tonight by tackling the disaster in the Gulf.

Up to now, BP has been a textbook case for what not to do.

The federal government, meanwhile, has tried to distance itself from the company recently and take a more forceful stance. Some believe it’s been too little too late.

What do you believe?

What does the president need to convey tonight? How specific does he need to be about the administration’s immediate and long-term plans?

Beyond words, what actions need to be taken?

Please keep comments focused on the oil spill. Thank you.

20 comments Add your comment


June 15th, 2010
7:59 am

He he should say the success or lack of success depends on the capabilities of the people he delegates to handle this problem. All presidents gather advice from experts/staff members and delegate their responsibilities like CEO’s rely on top performers and experts at their companies. If the person(s) he delegates fails(like Brownie) he then he becomes the softest target of scorn and ridicule just like any CEO.

Road Scholar

June 15th, 2010
8:00 am

He should keep the pressure on BP. He should also get underway the review of the drilling in shallow and deep water specs to provide a comprehensive and fair guidance as to renewing drilling. Should the Govm’t have the right to review there plans and, esp changes before they are undertaken during construction? Yes, but with a prompt response. The paper trail will convict BP!


June 15th, 2010
8:16 am

I, Barack Obama, regret to say that I will resign effective tomorrow as President of the United States.


June 15th, 2010
8:27 am

To borrow a slogan from Disney’s Epcot Center…”Spaceship Earth” has suffered an unimaginable, catastrophic systems failure. This is not an oil spill (like the Exxon Valdez). This is a hole through the surface of the earth into a vast pocket of oil. The hole is allowing oil to spew out at some enormous rate. This hole is under 5,000 feet of water. This is an engineering problem. This is a modern day “Apollo 13″ type problem.

To make matters even worse, we live in a era when we foolishly believe that politics can (and should) solve everything. So we look to the President for answers and the solution. The fact is that all of the political rhetoric that Washington can produce will not solve this problem. The oil will continue to gush out.

BO is the poster child of this “Political Era”. He believes that everything can be solved through some political deal and smoothed over with political rhetoric. This time he needs to drop the politics, truly understand the problem, and then use his power to marshall the right scientific, engineering and technical knowledge toward solving this problem.


June 15th, 2010
8:42 am

Someone needs to kick Obama in the ass. Michelle, make yourself useful!

The guests and callers to the Bill Bennett Show have made some excellent points as to how this situatiopn should have been handled by Obama and the Feds. Too bad the AJC is unable to cover the news and events of the day like Bennett does.


June 15th, 2010
8:44 am

What President Obama, or any other politician for that matter, says is meaningless if not backed up by action. At the very least we need to get corporate lobbyists out of the regulatory process.


June 15th, 2010
8:49 am

The best thing Obama can say is that he allowed the fast track of deep water offshore drilling, and that a spill at extreme depth presents overwhelming problems to stop and contain. It’s the law of unintended consequences. A spill at a depth of 5,000 feet is so much harder to stop than a spill at 300 feet. Most wells off the Louisiana coastline are at shallow depths, and we have never seen a failure that resulted in such a devastating spill as this one. Then Obama should appoint someone with the authority to marshal every resource; government, business and private individuals, domestic and foreign, who have offered to help and who can work NOW to mitigate the damage. BP must continue to work to stop the gushing, but all of the gulf states must have maximum coordinated efforts taken to contain and clean the oil before it further ruins the fisheries and the beaches. Obama needs to stop making empty promises, angry threats, and stop the blame game, because it’s hard work we need, not rhetoric. I am not optimistic about anything he will say or do.

Obama the one term bozo

June 15th, 2010
9:15 am

“What does President Obama need to say and do?’


My fellow Americans, uh er, I am here to day to uh ur, resign my post. I am ur uh, an idiot. I uh er, can’t make a decision because uh er, I am a bumbling buffoon who has never uh er had any leadership or executive experience.


Obama the one term bozo

June 15th, 2010
9:16 am

“The paper trail will convict BP!”

So is the government or BP gonna stop the leak? Dying animals, economies and people want to know……..

Alan MacDonald

June 15th, 2010
9:31 am

“What should Obama say tonight about the Oil Disaster?”

Like the one word advice that Dustin Hoffman received in “The Graduate”,
Obama should level with and advise the American people;

“I’ve got one word to share with you folks. Our future and survival
depends on confronting it. Just one word to say to you — EMPIRE.”


Here’s my slightly more explanatory answer to the NYTimes’ article, “”Obama
Plans to Force BP’s Hand on Oil Spill Fund”, on what Obama must say:

“First, it’s not a ‘SPILL’ and should never be referred to as such, since
doing so merely helps the global corporate/financial/militarist EMPIRE’s
continuing propaganda war against all of us, our children, ‘our’ former
country, ‘our’ former democracy, our dying environment, our assaulted earth,
and our very species.

Obama’s coming address will mean absolutely nothing (except that he is a
pawn of this global EMPIRE) unless he “Breaks the Silence” (as Martin Luther
King did in 1967 at Riverside Church, and JFK did in 1963 at American
University) about the disguised EMPIRE which is the proximate CAUSE of all
foreign and domestic “Sorrows of Empire” [Chalmers Johnson], such as all the
EMPIRE-CAUSED; imperialist foreign war crises, domestic financial crises,
global environmental crises, economic oppression crises, social injustice
crises, torture crises, spying crises, ‘police-state’ tyranny crises,
‘targeted assassination’ crises, unSupreme Court
unlimited corporate cash crises, the overall democracy crises, and
all inhumanity crises directly CAUSED by this inhuman global corporatist

Alan MacDonald
Sanford, Maine

Dr. Warren

June 15th, 2010
9:39 am

Here’s where some real executive experience would have proved useful for the president. Lawyers-turned-senators have none. Jack Welch would have known how to implement here. Politics are useless right now. And worrying about who’s gonna pay is useless right now. All that matters is that the hole gets plugged and stays plugged.


June 15th, 2010
9:47 am

What should he say, hes sorry.
Sorry for pushing the oil companies so far out that this occured. Yes it government regulation and the environmental nutcases out there who want to control everything. Had this been on land there would be no problem. Had this been closer to shore, this would have been capped by divers. Had this been in Alaska the problem would not have even been known.

The government pushed the Netherlands away when they came to help out and they KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING. This should have never happen and Obama and this stupid democratic congress and environmental idiots caused this, but then you know what they say. “NEVER LET A CRISIS GO TO WAISTE”. At least this administration thinks that way. They are going to use this to stop all drilling and move the offshore rigs out. When they leave they will not be back and this will hurt America and jobs more then we are hurting now.

REMEMBER – NEVER LEAVE A GOOD CRISIS GO TO WAISTE! Just how many of these democrates have said that. Go google it. We will be a muslem country in no time. And hey, how about that new muslem postage stamp for our country. I DONT THINK SO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Road Scholar

June 15th, 2010
9:56 am

So when are the callers and guess and Bill Bennett going to run for president? The view and decision making is always clearer from the back seat!

For those who want President Obama to resign, Boy, are you going to be rightfully disappointed. The networks played back tapes of Bush talking about deep wells in 2009. He was either naive or stupid…or both. The truth is in the tape for those who rale against blaming Bush.


June 15th, 2010
9:58 am

He should say “What we are doing now doesn’t work. I’m calling on all of the engineers in the world to come here and fix this problem. There are capable people out there, and there have been very smart people working on this, but we need someone out there to step up. I can’t go cap the well myself and we can’t pay for a manual 10 year cleanup, so we are going to have to pay someone whatever they need to devise a solution that works. Here’s the website to submit your proposal, and General Soinso is in charge…”

Road Scholar

June 15th, 2010
9:59 am

It’s Just Me :”Sorry for pushing the oil companies so far out that this occured. Yes it government regulation and the environmental nutcases out there who want to control everything.”

They drilled there because there was oil there! Plain and simple. BP’s expertise is finding oil. We did not know that they didn’t know what to do after they found it!

jeremy garlington

June 15th, 2010
11:21 am

O needs to call on industry, government and everyone in between to find a solution to stopping the oil from gushing out any further. He needs to insert a deadline or some sense of urgency while calling on the other oil bigs (testifying in front of Congress today) to join forces in the wake of a national emergency. Until more perceive that everything possible is being done, then nothing is going to change.

Ain't that the Truth, Ruth

June 15th, 2010
11:22 am

Every BP station in America should be shut down. Every plastic toy BP truck should be thrown in the trash. And all those Brits who love to talk bad about America and Americans and call us stupid out of jealousy should pay extra taxes until this whole damn mess is cleaned up.


June 15th, 2010
3:19 pm

Road Scholar, that is guests, not guess. But what should I expect from a Road Scholar . . .


June 15th, 2010
3:21 pm

Well, what can he or any other human really do or say? It’s obvious the industry wasn’t prepared for a disaster of this magnitude and government regulations and enforcement were too lax. Just let BP clean it up and pay for it the best they can. They have all the expertise and technology at their disposal.

As for Obama, all he can do is outline plans to make sure it doesn’t happen again. Make that try to make sure it doesn’t happen again. He should have stayed in the Oval Office and worked on the many other problems we are facing at the same time. In short, more Clinton and less Bush. Being president is hard work, not photo ops.

Albany Jacket

June 16th, 2010
9:25 pm

Maybe you should learn how to spell “rail” before you call Bush stupid.