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.

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tyrone

June 16th, 2010
5:33 pm

obama has squandered his presidency
he is a colossal embarrassment to every citizen in america

A thought

June 16th, 2010
6:02 pm

The speech sucked. Period. Did zero, nada. Now the question I have is, why have there not been manned submersibles down there doing a more hands on approach to the sealing of those darn leaks? There are and have been for decades, submersibles that are fully capable of diving to 5000 ft to do work. Robots obviously are not cutting it. Another thing…why the heck is the WH allowing BP at this point to still try to “cap” the well? Why haven’t they done the right thing and blown it up like Red Adair used to do? I’d bet there is an agreement bewteen the 2 to allow an “acceptable” amount of oil to leak before total shutdown would be required. That way BP can recover and sell as much crude from it as possible. Do not lose site of the fact lobbyists and big business actually run Washington DC, not the people. That’s why we’re always getting the short end of the stick.

intown

June 16th, 2010
6:12 pm

I agree with Ms Tucker. Obama wasted a crisis and is missing a real chance to move America forward.

Alvin Greene for Senate in SC

June 16th, 2010
6:17 pm

CT’s link on the homepage says, “Obama wasted the moment”.

Obama has wasted our nation’s time and resources since November of 2008.

The man is a nincompoop.

Alvin Greene for Senate in SC

June 16th, 2010
6:22 pm

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Jasimen

June 16th, 2010
6:31 pm

yeh instead lay the smackdown, Obama just talked smack

Lil' Barry Bailout

June 16th, 2010
6:40 pm

Where are the green jobs?

Why does the Idiot Messiah block imports of inexpensive ethanol that could take the place of imported oil?

not a CT fan

June 16th, 2010
6:45 pm

What a difference a President makes! Remember saying that CT, the day after Obama won the election? Well, I for one wasn’t blinded by this guy’s smooth talk. I’m glad that so far Obama has not been able to exploit this tragedy to advance his liberal agenda.

Chuck Allison

June 16th, 2010
6:50 pm

Obama did his very best with this speech, and much better than I expected. It is just that he gets confused whenever leadership is required because he has never had any leadership experience. It is kind of like hiring a lifeguard at the beach who doesn’t know how to swim. Obama didn’t cause the spill directly, but he has squandered the last several weeks when he could have taken charge and put an end to the leak before it destroyed the economy of the Gulf States. Good thing for BP that they contributed so much to the Obama campaign!

gadawg

June 16th, 2010
7:01 pm

obama has absolutely no leadership skills none zip. If he was my commander when I was in the army I wouldn’t follow him to the latrine if I had diarrhea.

You asked for change! You got it!

June 16th, 2010
7:22 pm

Could this guy possibly be any more clueless? Could he?

1)The guy ignores help from a company in Maine that was offering 100,000 feet of booming for 2 months,

2)he ignores help from the dutch for 2 months on those skimmers that they were offering, and

3)now he and his EPA want to do environmental impact studies about moving sand in LA. to protect the wetlands and create barriers. They worry about the environmental impacts of the sand. Hello? Its sand. The beaches and ocean are freaking full of it. Which is worse? Sand or oil? God help us from this man and his blatant incompetence.

4) he was hesitant to repeal the Jones act, just more red tape holding up the cleanup in the wake of a disaster

5) his administration allowed BP to do its own safety inspections this past year rather than the federal govt do it. Looks like BP got something in return for being one of Obama’s largest campaign contributors.

6) his bureau of minerals and management is ridiculed with incompetence and was looking the other way while accepting gifts and favors from BP and even in some cases engaging in sexual relations with BP workers. So much for govt regulation

7) he used last night’s speech to talk about going green rather than fixing the dang problem in the gulf. Incidentally, he spoke a lot about the millions of green jobs that would be created during his administration. Where are all these green jobs? Where are they? Kamchak, show me where they are!

8) Obama wants to put a moratorium on drilling in the gulf for 6 months, further eliminating more jobs. Is China, Venezuela, and everyone else in the world also going to stop offshore drilling??? Let me know when that happens and while you’re at it let me know when it snows in hades. Furthermore, when there is an air crash do we shut down all airports for 6 months? Or do we investigate the cause and correct it?

9) Cap and trade anyone? As Obama himself flat out said during the election and I quote “Under my cap and trade plan energy prices would necessarily skyrocket”. We are flat out broke as a nation, the economy in shambles, unemployment near 10%, and this idiot is talking about raising yet another indirect tax on Americans. I’m now glad my grandmother in Buffalo passes away. I can’t even imagine what her monthly heating bill would be under Obama’s cap and trade plan. I really can’t.

10) I’ve always wondered and want to know this. What did you people expect when you elected a guy who had never run anything? A guy who worked as a community freaking organizer? What did you really expect from a guy who has virtually no experience working in the private sector? What did you expect from a community organizer whose Chicago home district is still so dangerous that school kids can’t walk down the street for free of crime? You should never have expected anything from a guy who has done nothing but make great speeches that are high on symbolism, dreams, and short on substance. All talk, no substance. That’s really what this whole presidency is all about and slowly but surely you folks are starting to wake up and see it. May God help us from this arrogant fool.

Dean

June 16th, 2010
8:53 pm

How’s that “Hope and Change” crap working out for ya?

Lil' Barry Bailout

June 16th, 2010
9:01 pm

Barry Blame-Game isn’t really interested in solving this problem or any other. He’s interested in leveraging these events to expand government, increase his own power, transform the economy from market-based capitalism to big-government cronyism, and milk the productive to buy votes from parasites.

charles

June 16th, 2010
9:16 pm

“The President has wasted a crisis.”

Basically the same statement Obama’s criminal Chief of Staff has made. This is one of the more striking differences between real Americans (Conservatives) and Marxists (Democrats). Real Americans seek to find a solution to whatever crisis may be present. The Marxists (Cynthia Tucker) seek to exploit said crisis for political purposes. This is just one of many reasons why the Marxists will never gain a serious foot hold in this country. They are nothing more than angry, bitter, incompetent wannabe-Communist that are fueled by emotion, not intellect or ideas.

Are You KIdding?

June 16th, 2010
10:46 pm

Well played You Asked For Change? You Got It. Well played.

felix

June 17th, 2010
8:31 am

CT,

While your disgusting cult of a party is unable to cash-in on crisis, we actually are. The previous year and a half and the next 2 and a half years are the biggest crisis this nation will ever endure. We are making dang sure we never make this mistake again. Obama will set the Communist movement back in this nation at least 100 years. So thankfully none of us will have to witness another stupid, weak, media-made Messiah ever again in our lifetimes.

I Report/You Decide

June 17th, 2010
8:49 am

Bubba…you cut-n-paste 500 words of supposed conservative insecurities, yet it’s conservatives who take personal responsibility for their own life and well being, and the lefties who have to depend on government for EVERYTHING, up to and including wipiing their butts. So nice try, but no dice, ROOKIE.

carolyn winfrey-holcomb

June 19th, 2010
3:37 pm

It appears that Cynthia has gone off and joined the Women of the Klu Klux Klan.

[...] Cynthia Tucker’s reaction to President Obama’s energy speech was concise and pointed. [...]

a. mcewen

June 19th, 2010
8:51 pm

It’s silly comments like these on here which will probably ensure President Obama a second term. I mean give me a break people with the attacks on his name and the attacks on the First Lady. Tucker wrote up a plausible very good column which I disagree with and rather than echo her sentiments or disagree, some of you are taking the time to rehash the same nasty words which you probably picked up by way of Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, or Rush Limbaugh. YOU will be the reason for the next four years of the Obama Administration.

Dean

June 19th, 2010
11:32 pm

Really, “the Democrat party”? Would you perhaps be a member of the Repuglican party?

Wesley Brown

June 20th, 2010
11:21 am

All you adolescent rethugs on this site have is “Democrats and Obama sucks”.

Oh boy, my feelings are hurt that you call him names like Obamao, and community organizer. Gee, I just won’t be able to get over those vicious attacks.

Let us talk some facts here:

George Bush sat for 7 minutes stunned while our nation was under attack. Good job George.
9/11 happened on the republicans’ watch, but they kept us safe. Yeah right.
Another economic collapse after conservative rule. Deregulation, how is that working out for ya? Morons.
Oh and “The Iraq war will last 6 months, cost $7 billion and pay for itself”. Wrong again.
I love this too: Let us pay MORE money for health care while we get LESS results, because the free market thingie is so special. Bankrupt our sick neighbors and that is good to you. Stupid.

If the free market is so wonderful then why does socialism keep saving it from itself? Oh wait, Fox News does not tell you that does it?

Please call me a socialist, because yet again socialism saved capitalisms’ butt, and would cease to exist, but you Rush Limbaugh worshipping idiots cannot see that through your 8th grade prism.

Oh did I use a big word, sorry kids I should say, you are stupid.

Go now and cry to daddy Rush and hide your head in the sand while us limp wristed liberals yet again save this country from incompetent republican policies that give money to rich folks as the country collapses.

I thought businesses were SO MUCH better than government yet, BP screwed up, and cannot stop it and you are blaming President Obama.

Why would you expect government to do it when your corporate gods are in charge?

You guys continue to listen to lies from Fox while the planet melts and the oceans die, but hey at least some distant shareholders got rich off of our misery and resources and that is just okay with you.

Yea, the republicans did a great job when in charge, and didn’t Cheney’s company Halliburton pour the faulty concrete in the Deep Water Horizen’s well just hours before it exploded? Yes they did, but again you go get your guns, pray to the invisible cloud being and hide from the evil liberals while the corporations destroy us. Just like in the 1930’s, until we began to force them to treat people fairly.

But that is “bad” to you.

Stupid morons, go pray while we fight to save the country from idiots like you.

Oh, and please stop calling me names because it hurts my little feelings. Yea right.

George Ola

June 20th, 2010
11:30 am

Contrary to what Cynthia suggested as a wasted Oval Office moment, Obama does not have to exploit this spill crisis to drive the point on clean and renewable energy. There is plenty of time to make that point. Americans no longer need no telling of the need for clean energy after this ongoing ugly situation in the Gulf. The situation (crisis) speaks for itself. This kind of energy spill will get worse in the future, until me learn from our mistakes of relaince on fossil fuels.