Obama squandered his Oval Office moment

Obama could have called for a “moon shot” tonight to make a transition from fossil fuels to cleaner energy, and he failed to do that. He made his first-ever speech in the Oval Office, and he had all three networks at the 8 p.m. slot, and he didn’t make good use of it.

The speech was flat and uninspiring. He recited a litany of the things the administration has done to try to bring the spill under control, but it was a rehash of things the public has already heard. Yes, he’s going to make BP pay. That’s good — as far as it goes. But he didn’t use the moment to assert a resolute sense of command.

Nor did he use it to call on Americans to make the sacrifices that will be necessary to make the transition from petroleum to cleaner fuels. Yes, he said a little about it. But he didn’t even endorse the energy bill currently languishing in the Senate.

The president has wasted a crisis.

373 comments Add your comment

Peadawg

June 16th, 2010
7:48 am

Cynthia, I must say I’m impressed. You finally criticized the President.

EagleDawg

June 16th, 2010
7:49 am

He is a JERK!

hotlanta

June 16th, 2010
7:58 am

Why are folks who don’t have any experience in anything make the most noise. We need to listen to oceeanographers, scientist and other professional who can give more insight into what is going on instead of all of these politican analyst who just popped outta nowhere. It is just amazing how folks are listening to $1.00 an hour journalist who don’t have any experience in anything. Yall kill me talking bout you want to be inspired as if you want the President to make you feel GOOD. That is your job to make yourself feel. I didn’t know that to be President you also have to be Dr. Phil as well. I would love to see how you guys will handle such a crisis. Bush never went to Exxon and the public never demanded him to go to the Exxon oil spill. Some if yall talking about Obama can’t handle an oil spill. If some of yall had water to flood your basement some of yall couldn’t even handle that. It would take you months to get things together and you expect the President to take care of a oil spill in one day. He did what he was supposed to do and that was to let the public know what his administration has done since folks was saying that they had not done anything. If you are looking for a personal “FEEL GOOD” moment pop in movie or something or go to the therapist.. I thought I would never see the day that a black man would be President. But I thought that I would never see the day that white folks would get angry about a black man not getting angry. I am tired of folks saying that the President should do this or that and taking his action personally as if he is their piece of property. I thought slave ownership was over. Why are folks keep talking about he was a community organizer as if he has never served in the Senate and graduated from Harvard and taught constituational law. Wow it amazing how you guys can miss all of his other experience. Obama is damned with he do and damned if he doesn’t. Folks kill me talkig about they want someone to LEAD them. Please LEAD yourself. Had he talked about transitioning from fossil fuel to clean energy folks would be saying we need to know what you guys have done and your long range plans and goals. If I was the President I would have never tried to curse at BP I would have cursed out the media.

Sam (The Cool 1 )

June 16th, 2010
8:03 am

Yea. Sometimes it makes better sense to watch The Cisco Kid and Poncho.

Mtn. Man

June 16th, 2010
8:15 am

Am I the only ignorant hillbilly,that sees this president taking over the courts functions of settling liability and other issues of equity! The only difference in this or other accidents/negligence events is in the scale of the parties affected! We are witnessing BP getting a LIMITED Liabilty REPRIEVE, by this presidents intereference {THREATS AND CONFUSION}! Watch BP Reluctantly object and WELCOME such intereference! Such govt. power grab is just a continuation,of a caretaker mentality! DANGER ABOUNDS, AMERICA! Signed; Ignorant Mtn. Man,……..but may be right!

Good Grief

June 16th, 2010
8:15 am

Okay, I’ve read every comment on here, and from what I can tell, there is a fairly strong contingent of folks on this board that would like ole’ prezBO Zero-Hussein to step up to the plate and just socialize the whole mess. We can eliminate the white southern protestants, we can take out any conservatives, and then real quick we’ll have a liberal paradise like Greece, or Spain, or Portugal.

Course, we can always blame George Bush. Like Princess Nancy said the other day, we can stop blaming Bush “when all the problems go away.”

commoncents

June 16th, 2010
8:18 am

Peadawg, don’t be too impressed. If you agree with her, she will call you a racist (her 6:40 comment)

T-Town

June 16th, 2010
8:20 am

I didn’t know that the president could dictate to a private company what they must set aside/pay as a penalty to those who may have been affected. I thought this was the business of the court.

Yeah, OK

June 16th, 2010
8:22 am

He is truly a teleprompter president. It would be interesting to see that thing short out one night. But anyway, I disagree with the whole “we all need to make sacrifices to transition to greener energy.” It will come in due time, but I am not going to turn my life upside down and start driving a Smart Car just so the ignorant left can be satisfied. We are a country of bigger and better. Let me know when they create an F-250, Chevy Silverado or Tahoe that runs on Hydrogen. I will be the first in line to buy one. But, until then I will stick to my way of life. I will now step down from my soap box.

Derek Robbins

June 16th, 2010
8:23 am

… c’mon ctuck … ordinarily I don’t disagree with you, but you’re wrong on this one … he said everything that should have been said … Americans just need to start acting like grownups, and stop acting like an infant that doesn’t want to be weened off the bottle … he’s the POTUS, not our daddy … everybody knows what they should do, but they keep filling up their cars and complaining about the price of gas … they want a sound economy, but don’t want to be inconvienced in the least … and our elected officials placate them with words that say we shouldn’t have to change our way of life … every time I see an SUV going down the street with only one person in it I wonder if the driver realizes how much he’s contributing to the destruction of this country … Americans love to make excuses … that’s about all we make and export now … when Obama said we send over a billion a day out of this country just for oil, everybody should have realized what they can do for their country … stop buying gas … walk, bike, take public transportation … but no they’d rather whine that the President isn’t doing enough while they sit on their ever-increasing asses drinking their Dunkin’ and eating their fatty Micky-D’s burgers … in these trying times remember, if you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem …

Peadawg

June 16th, 2010
8:24 am

“I am not going to turn my life upside down and start driving a Smart Car”

Neither will the ignorant left.

Yeah, OK

June 16th, 2010
8:26 am

UNITED States,

Mother Nature was the culprit during Katrina,
not the President of the U.S.A.
………………………………..
God Bless President Bush
“Miss Me Yet????”

commoncents

June 16th, 2010
8:31 am

Derek,

The problem is that people elected him to be their daddy, not a president. Because if they wanted a president, they would have voted for someone who is qualified and someone who can make the hard decisions.

J.R.

June 16th, 2010
8:38 am

Obama never really served in the Senate, as soon as he got elected to that office he started campaigning for the next job he wanted. And believe me I am going to LEAD myself, straight to a voting booth ASAP.

Oboza and the Chi-Lites

June 16th, 2010
8:43 am

I didn’t expect anything more from a state senator who only served in the U.S. Senate long enough to have Oprah campaign for him for president.

He’s a good speaker though

Scooter (the Original)

June 16th, 2010
8:44 am

When voting in the 2008 Presidential election a little voice in my head said ‘end their excuses’. At that point I knew exactly who to vote for, Obama/Biden. I never knew it would go down like this… I’m starting to feel bad for the fellow.

“Democrats practice the soft bigotry of low expectations” – George W. Bush

CAP

June 16th, 2010
8:45 am

The bottom line is: First and Foremost, Stop the oil from gushing into our waters! We have had offers of help from the Dutch and British! This came early on day 3 or so! Why are we not taking the help that is offered to us to get this stopped!!!! That is the main thing….do the blame thing after!!!! Lets work together NOW to get this horrible thing stopped! America is always helping other countries, now it is our turn! We have had offers of skimmers and chemicals and ways to barricade our coast from this horrible stuff, (although it is too late now for that!! Obama doesn’t have a clue of what real leadership is all about or the experience…….he couldn’t even put someone in charge to lead us in stopping the oil gush!!! I am so digusted, and angry!

ArtVandelay

June 16th, 2010
8:46 am

Wasted a crisis…come on Cynthia…are we so numb to today’s politics, that if every opportunity to bump up a poll number is not seized upon we criticize. Is Sara Palin or Sean Hannity ghost writing for you today?

We finally have a person in office who puts the country’s first yet we are up in arms because those actions are politically incorrect. Give me a break. Considering the circumstances Obama has done as well as one could expect.

Gator Joe

June 16th, 2010
8:49 am

Dear Cynthia,
First, President Bush, a President McCain, or, perish the thought, a President Palin would fare no better, since they would have same set of circumstances to work with, that is, an oil company facing a castastrophic oil spill with no solution, at least not short term.
As for asking the public to sacrifice for the sake of their children, the environment, and energy indepencence, I don’t believe the people who mindlessly hate him would answer that call, even when it is in their own best interests.

Steve

June 16th, 2010
8:51 am

What a useless speech. It was more a limp wristed sales pitch by a poor saleman trying to justify his ideas of Cap&Trade.
The only thing growing faster than the oil spill is Obama’s dissapproval rating.

commoncents

June 16th, 2010
8:52 am

ArtV you are right. He has done as well as I expected. He has passed all the blame (still is trying to!) and accepted all the credit. All he needs to do now is give away more taxpayer money to companies that are controlled by the government, and maybe pass a few more bills that will continue to screw us decades from now

Williebkind

June 16th, 2010
8:53 am

Palin has proven she is a better leader than Obama. Anyone who would consider voting for Obama a 2nd term is simply voting for their party and a vote against their country.

Big D

June 16th, 2010
8:59 am

FYI, buildings consume 68% of all the fossil fuels we use, they create 72% of the green house gases and remains the MOST unregulated part of our economy. We currently use a product that is only 27% efficient when a product that IS 92% efficient is readily available. I have written books on Hyper Physics and appeared before congress and Joint chiefs and at this time the only people that are interested in this technology is the Army. We are currently using this material to insulate 9 million square feet of tents in Afghanistan and Iraq. The bottom line is this, if they were stupid and clueless when we elected them…they get no smarter. It does not matter one bit how many solar collectors or wind turbines you install if you cannot reduce the consumption of the largest consumer. it will be the public in educating themselves that will bring about a change in our bad habits not the the President or Congress.

Kamchak

June 16th, 2010
8:59 am

God Bless President Bush
“Miss Me Yet????”

Not in this lifetime.

wdw

June 16th, 2010
9:05 am

not one quote?????????? congrats…he didn’t squander his oval office moment, he’s squandered the whole thing

I Report/You Decide

June 16th, 2010
9:06 am

Kamchack = clueless

Joel

June 16th, 2010
9:07 am

Obama hates sea animals!

dw

June 16th, 2010
9:08 am

Cynthia,

To be true to our sides of the issue; you who support no oil can walk to work and rest of us petro users will drive.
Your idea of no petro is a nice goal, but you like to jump to the end of the process and skip the transition.

Gator Joe

June 16th, 2010
9:11 am

Cynthia,
I forgot to add your analysis of President Obama’ speech last night is fair, and that of his detractors, gratuitous. I doubt anyting the President could have said would satisfy the Right Wing. Continue your fine work, and continue to be strong,

Gator Joe

Rasmussen Reports

June 16th, 2010
9:13 am

Disapproval = %54

hotlanta

June 16th, 2010
9:16 am

I almost fell outta my chair while watching Dateline last week when the lady said the Jindal called the President and personally thanked him for all that he had done for Louisiana. Jindal need to take care of Lousiana since he was the main one saying that the Federal government needs to stay outta folks business and folks can do better without their interference since he turned down the stimulus money for the extension of unemployment benefits. I can see him running for President now making this oil spill his agenda. Everything that is doing is what he is supposed to go. That is his job.

Oh my God, Palin will make a great President.

It took her 5 schools for her to get a 4 year degree. Wow how dependable is that.
Son and grandson the same age. How ghettofabulous is that
QUIT as Governor. So as President when a crisis come we know that she will be long gone.
Writes on her hand while she sees Russia from her house
The only thing she has organized is for the Tea Party to write her more checks.

Rand Paul got it right and I guess they put a rag over his mouth when he said that the oil spill was an accident and things do happen. All of a sudden he is very quiet. Keep talking.

Kamchak

June 16th, 2010
9:17 am

I Report/You Decide = leg humper

Big D

June 16th, 2010
9:18 am

The resume for the job of President of the United States does not include ” being the smartest man on Earth” , it does include management skills. Management skills include the ability to surround yourself with “the smartest” people not “yes” men and a gaggle on like minded droids. This President has no managerial skills at all, he is a GREAT B.S. artist and an opportunist. He is terrified to speak directly to the people in a press conference forum for fear of looking as stupid as he really knows he is. How is it his fault on the Gulf spill? It is his inability to see the big picture until it is too late and his lack of vision beyond how to cover his dumb knee jerk remarks. This will be our down fall with his NON existent foreign policy… sadly to our detriment.

Jon but not Jon Voight

June 16th, 2010
9:18 am

Cynthia – You can’t blame him. We eliminated the term “sacrifice” with Ronald Regan.

Joel

June 16th, 2010
9:38 am

Say what you mean Cynthia, Obama squandered an opportunity to take over more of the private sector.

ArtVandelay

June 16th, 2010
9:40 am

“ArtV you are right. He has done as well as I expected. He has passed all the blame (still is trying to!) and accepted all the credit. All he needs to do now is give away more taxpayer money to companies that are controlled by the government, and maybe pass a few more bills that will continue to screw us decades from now”

Wait what? Passed the blame, have you been watching the game. This man has taken more blame than he should have. He didn’t create the financial crisis or BP’s negligence, he could have easily said these were both results of Bush and Clinton’s failed policies (and he’d be partly correct) he has said consistently my administration, my problem! Look it up, don’t mistake his words for those of his party members. Be that as it may, how quickly we forget how long Mr. Reagan blamed Mr. Carter for his early woes…yet today stating THE TRUTH, is somehow a cowardly act.

Love or hate Obama you must respect the fact that he doing what HE feels is best for the country (not what the left wants..ala this… article or what the right wants). Considering the alternative I’ll take a president like that any day.

blutto

June 16th, 2010
9:41 am

CYNTHIA: “Nor did he use it to call on Americans to make the sacrifices that will be necessary to make the transition from petroleum to cleaner fuels.”

Generally, people are unwilling to “sacrifice” for “the transition from petroleum to cleaner fuels” unless and until those “cleaner fuels” and their benefits and costs are known. It really is not surprising when we understand ethanol, a “bio-fuel” that greenies managed to legislate into our lives on the promise of cleaner fuel. What we got was less fuel efficiency, higher fuel cost, higher food prices and little else.

Matt Ridley, author of “The Rational Optimist”, as mentioned by Jonah Goldberg in Townhall.com:
“Ethanol production steals precious land to produce inefficient fuel inefficiently (making food more scarce and expensive for the poor). If all of our transport fuel came from biofuel, we would need 30 percent more land than all of the existing food-growing farmland we have today … According to Ridley, the Nature Conservancy’s Joseph Fargione estimates rainforest clear-cutting for biofuels releases 17 to 420 times more CO2 than it offsets by displacing petroleum or coal.”

Thus President Obama can rail against our so-called “oil addiction” and call for “sacrifice” but until he can point to cleaner fuels that actually benefit Americans while enabling them to travel and transport as freely as they do now, he is merely throwing money that we do not have at a problem that is not proven for a solution that is not defined.

Craig - The real Criag

June 16th, 2010
9:42 am

CT -
Do you have a fever, is everything ok? Did someone hijack you computer or did you hire a ghost writer? I actually agree with you. The speech was nothing more than a campaign for his energy policy not a battle plane for the gulf.

Williebkind

June 16th, 2010
9:45 am

Big D

June 16th, 2010
8:59 am
I agree with most of what you said, however, I like greesy cheeseburgers, beer, and airconditioning. If I wanted to live like others, I would go to Europe. I believe it is a lie that we will destroy the planet or make it inhabital. Enough said about that!!!

Rev Al Sharptongue

June 16th, 2010
9:47 am

Palin was on Oreilley last night and he asked her how would she stop the leak.
her reply was to drill in anwar. No one knows how to stop a leak 1 mile underwater.

The same people calling Obama incompetent and the worst president ever after on 19 months in office are the same people who called him the worst president 1 month into his term. they are the same ones on you tube videos asking for birth cert and holding up toy monkeys calling it Obama.
There is nothing that will satisfy this crowd. They want to take their country back to 1950.

Good thing they are now in the minority
and do not have the votes to take anything back.

Come November they will have another mantra. The only people they are defeating are moderate republicans now. Come election time most rational non prejudiced educated people will not vote for a old white tea party philosophy..

It is all on you tube under tea party racists, they are there for your viewing pleasure.

Divide and Conquer

June 16th, 2010
9:48 am

So what it comes down to is – Obama doesn’t represent the people any better than say Bush Jr., Clinton, Bush Sr.,Reagan, etc.

Are the BP show hearings over yet? Whatever….

Puppet!

blutto

June 16th, 2010
9:48 am

Despite its shortcomings, the President’s speech did manage–as always–to blame the previous administration:

“One place we have already begun to take action is at the agency in charge of regulating drilling and issuing permits, known as the Minerals Management Service. Over the last decade, this agency has become emblematic of a failed philosophy that views all regulation with hostility – a philosophy that says corporations should be allowed to play by their own rules and police themselves.”

Evidently, his new motto is as follows:

Blame George Bush
Blame BP
Blame Anyone
But Don’t Blame Me

Williebkind

June 16th, 2010
9:48 am

blutto

June 16th, 2010
9:41 am
You are still the man!! It is sad people refuse to accept the reality of life.

Williebkind

June 16th, 2010
9:51 am

“Come election time most rational non prejudiced educated people will not vote for a old white tea party philosophy..”

You are a racist toward white people!!

i luv BIN LADEN

June 16th, 2010
9:52 am

remember what happened during BUSHS’ presidency;9/11. the day BIN LADEN made a fool of BUSH and murdered 3000 AMERICANS. HE LET a terrorist kill 3000 americans while he hid out with 3rd graders.

i luv BIN LADEN

June 16th, 2010
9:52 am

the tea party is just KKK dressed up

Williebkind

June 16th, 2010
9:53 am

Rev Al Sharptongue

June 16th, 2010
9:47 am

I am sorry but you are confusing education with intelligence. I can understand that about you because I have read a lot of your posts.

A Lumpkin Resident

June 16th, 2010
9:54 am

Cynthia… using the moment to push more multibillion dollar legislation would have failed. It is like watching TV preachers. They ALWAYS ask/push/beg for money. Everytime “O” comes on TV, he is asking for another 100b/500b/1trillion dollar comprehensive package of some kind that MUST be done immediately. We are not buying it anymore.

Some (see cbsnews.com today) estimates put the cap and tax legislation costing almost $1700 per family per year, with another entitlement/subsidy to help the poor pay for it. Being one of those that actually pays taxes, I don’t want to pay my $1700 (directly at the pump and to utilities and manufacturers) and somone else’s $1700 (via taxes) as well. It is not going to fly, and for Obama to push it when so many people are in dire financial straits (through the economy and those along the gulf coast due to the oil spill) would be crass.

The political backlash would have been harsh. There is no way to take advantage of this crisis without coming off as a jackass.

Frustrated American

June 16th, 2010
9:54 am

Cynthia and “Willy” are the only obvious racists on this blog.

Most of the other posts were written without any consideration of race in any manner/shape/form. ANY idiotic person who thinks a negative opinion with regard to Obama is a sign of racism is simply providing verification that they have an obsession with race (i.e they are the true racist person) OR they have run out of anything useful to say!

In today’s world, I should probably ammend the last sentence to state “OR they have run out of the Democratic talking points regarding the topic of discussion!!”.

These people should be ashamed and too embarrassed to show their faces in public.

You can call me a racist for my comments, but I can assure you that you are absolutely wrong (100% of the people who REALLY know me would confirm this fact).

Williebkind

June 16th, 2010
9:54 am

i luv BIN LADEN

June 16th, 2010
9:52 am
Yeah, the phone was busy and the message the attack was going to happen did not get through. OMG