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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Kamchak

June 15th, 2010
8:45 pm

TELEPROMPTER!

Just thought I’d get that out of the way early.

Buzz

June 15th, 2010
8:47 pm

He sounded like Jimmy Carter!

Lil' Barry Bailout

June 15th, 2010
8:48 pm

There’s no need for a government-imposed transition away from petroleum fuels. When their scarcity drives up the price, it will happen all on its own. You know that the federal government blocks imports of cheap Brazilian ethanol, right? Kinda makes you wonder how serious the Democrat party is about ending our so-called “addiction” to oil. Hypocrites.

Of course, big-government liberals can’t resist telling folks how to live their lives.

Reality Check

June 15th, 2010
8:51 pm

Three Questions:

1. Define Clean Energy.

2. If I breathe out a carbon derivative, am I poisonous?

3. If the USA can’t drill in the Gulf, how can China, Cuba, and everybody else?

Voice of Dissent

June 15th, 2010
8:54 pm

“Of course, big-government liberals can’t resist telling folks how to live their lives.”

The freakin irony.

Take'Em Down Bill

June 15th, 2010
8:54 pm

Tucker, once again you’re dishing bottom-barrel cheap shots. U probably had that mess written before Obama uttered his first word.

Auburn Fan

June 15th, 2010
8:55 pm

That oil is ready to take down the richest company in the UK and it just might take our POTUS with it. No parties scheduled in the White House tonight.

Kamchak

June 15th, 2010
8:55 pm

Three Questions:

1. Define Clean Energy.

Sounds like a command, not a question.

jt

June 15th, 2010
9:01 pm

Lil’ Barry Bailout is correct.

The Feds can’t mandate innovation. They can’t do anything but steal and destroy.

Private citizens are working as we speak on better energy sources. The Feds will only get in the way and retard REAL innovation.

Lil' Barry Bailout

June 15th, 2010
9:02 pm

“U don’t need a shrink to tell u Glenn Beck projects his racism onto Obama”
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By that reasoning, the folks who said our President Bush didn’t help New Orleans during Katrina were projecting THEIR racism onto Bush.

I wonder if any AJC columnists at the time were guilty of such racism?

Hypocrite.

Blahblah

June 15th, 2010
9:03 pm

He wasted a crisis? You say that like a crisis is a terrible thing to waste. The second “disaster” is often worse than the first, meaning that the knee-jerk overreaction is worse than the disaster itself. You are said that he couldn’t sell his snake oil? Excuse me for not shedding a tear.

Notice that liberals can’t defend this guy. The only time they even talk now is to try to call someone a racist. Take a look a liberal policies fail around the global. Take a look at history and see liberal policies fail there too. What killed Rome? The fall of morality and the rise of entitlement. Sound familiar?

DebbieDoRight

June 15th, 2010
9:05 pm

Unfortunately I didn’t watch Obama — there was this really good Discovery Channel episode on about worms and how they move. There was a time lapse camera and everything!! It was so interesting, I fell asleep, woke up, and had to hit my head on the dining room table 9 or 10 times in order to regain consciousness. You know how it is…..kinda like when you’re at a Baseball Game. Good thing I’ll have all you guys breaking down his speech into the realms of minutia tomorrow — I can’t wait!! Hopefully that dining room table will be somewhere nearby…….. :roll:

Go Celtics!! Beat Kobe Bryant (since he’s been the only Laker actually playing) Game 6 almost on…Later gators!

obama's fault

June 15th, 2010
9:06 pm

Wrong…He IS the crisis!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dee keith

June 15th, 2010
9:06 pm

I think the man has been in office long enough for people to realize that Pres. Obama has about as much interest in change, as I do in changing BABY DIAPERS. His legacy is cemented as someone who was content on basking in the glow of the White House prestige, but when it came to strong and principled leadership, he clearly had no interest in it. I’m not under any illusion that you are gonna see anything different from him while he serves out his term in office. I support the Pres., but make no mistake about it his election only underscores how terrible W. was, because I see no other way a person who lacks a fundamental understanding of what leadership is about would ever get elected POTUS. And that’s just being honest.

Grumpy

June 15th, 2010
9:06 pm

I’ve given Cynthia her fair share of criticism when I’ve felt it was deserved. Tonight, she’s right. I would have welcomed a “Moon Landing” type of announcement tonight. So much oil is controlled by folks who hate us, drilled by companies that don’t care about us, and regulated by agencies that continually fail us. The time is right to make a change. If this disaster isn’t enough to sway public opinion about our dangerous dependence on oil, then we are truly doomed.

Lissa

June 15th, 2010
9:09 pm

Just make it stop, stop the leak then we can sling mud and point fingers. All this hot air is doing nothing to solve the problem. Just continues to show us that our government can’t get anything done and neither can big business, we need to return the power to the people.

MajorPayne

June 15th, 2010
9:11 pm

I have been a contractor that has been working in the Louisiana coast for the last month. I have to say that I am very disappointed in this speech. I was not lookng for him to define a plan for clean energy or such. What We needed tonight was leader who defining a plan to assist in stopping and cleaning up this mess. We needed a leader who was going to start getting the equipment we need to clean this mess (skimmers). We needed a leader who would put together the best minds in the world to stop this tragedy. It was not a time to try to tell Americans especially in the South what the government has been doing. All of this is a big mess that needs a real leader in charge of the cleanup. God help us all.

Hee Haw

June 15th, 2010
9:12 pm

Georgia…and Georgians…are embarrassing. Go back in your holes while the rest of us get to work.

Cynthia- if you are looking for the government to do EVERYthing, you are too far to the left to see straight. Come to the center, where things actually get done.

Toni

June 15th, 2010
9:13 pm

What killed Rome? The fall of morality and the rise of entitlement. Sound familiar?

Sorry I had to answer this guy – here’s blurb that the awful liberal media is feeding to the poor, misguided youth of America:

The Fall Of Rome
When Theodosius died in 395 AD, he left the Roman Empire to his two sons, Honorius and Arcadius. Honorius took the West and Arcadius the East. But like other emperors who had been brought up at court, neither of them was very good at ruling, or even very interested. Most of the actual work was done by their advisors.

The sounds just like Dumbya and Cheney!! OMG!!! The awful liberals strike again!! Good thing the Texas school board is going to fix all these outrageous lies!!!

New SchoolBooks out next year:
Creationism – The REAL deal (That other stuff is just junk science)
How To Stay Chaste – In 12,000 Easy Steps
How The South SAVED The Union By Deliberating Loosing The War! (Subtitled — Damn YAnkees)
And last but not least………………………….
How GW Bush & Dick Cheney saved the Republicans From Extinction! (This one is required reading)

Michael

June 15th, 2010
9:16 pm

I didn’t get to see the address, but I know Obama can’t win. The only thing he can do to appease the masses it seems would be to be the first human who can survive the pressure of a mile beneath the surface of the ocean and to cap a well with hundreds of PSI of pressure.

MMS was trashed under Bush, and Obama is at fault a little for not fixing it before. But let’s not forget that BP and Transocean were most likely negligent here, and there’s not much Obama or anybody in the government can do to cap the well because BP has the people who know how to do it “best” and the equipment. This is apparently as scientifically easy as stopping an asteroid headed for Earth, except an asteroid doesn’t head for you because of human negligence.

Mama Says

June 15th, 2010
9:19 pm

I am a conservative and you are absolutely correct Cynthia !

(don’t save this post, I don’t want it used against me later, when I get back to disagreeing with you)

christina

June 15th, 2010
9:21 pm

I agree totally. I am just disgusted and I raised money for Obama. I support him, but his administration has been amazingly tone deaf over the oil spill. obama himself acts like he’s bored with the entire subject. And, he acted like he was being imposed on when he had to go back to the gulf. I just don’t get it.

Joe Schmoe

June 15th, 2010
9:21 pm

Excuse, followed by another. This guy is a lame duck in his first term, and is finished in 2012. His power is stripped finally this Fall. Remember November folks.

Acer

June 15th, 2010
9:22 pm

(Try sending a second time): DebbieDoRight, you actually were watching Obama.

I agree with Cynthia for once. The speech was flat and uninspiring………….as always when Obama makes a speech. There was nothing new, no benchmarks, no timetables, no “how” we are going to accomplish anything……..just the same old same old………lots of talk and no action………no facts. He is most uninspiring. If the USA ever has another war, somebody will have to sit that man down in a corner and tell him to stay out of the way while we find a REAL leader. He doesn’t know what to do as he has never managed anything in his socialist-leaning life. A real disappointment that we have to put up with this until the end of his (first) term. He surely will not be back for a second.

bigguy

June 15th, 2010
9:24 pm

It’s working. You’re welcome!

JoD

June 15th, 2010
9:25 pm

Can we have a real president like George W. please. Like diffrence in night and day. At least he had something that resembled experince. Good grief, the current guy is an amature.

kayaker 71

June 15th, 2010
9:26 pm

Bozo should have had his speech in the conference room of the WH surrounded on all sides by those who would fix this mess. They should have been dressed in shirt sleeves and on both sides of the table should have been all of the players in this crisis. CEOs, boom operators, drilling superintendents, tool pushers, even rough necks….. all concentrated on fixing the problem. But no, he is not capable of sharing the spotlight with anyone, let alone someone who might just have an idea as to how to solve this problem. Narcissists are like this….. go it alone with your chin in the air and no matter what common sense tells you, make it seem like you are in control. Well, he came across as incompetent, searching, definitely not in control and generally non-Presidential. CT, I had hoped that our first black President would be a beacon of leadership to this nation. We had such an opportunity to do great things. Instead, we are stuck with an empty suit who just doesn’t get it. Your disappointment shows.

Shirley Q Liquor

June 15th, 2010
9:27 pm

Howz you durrin? Well, Barack sho nuff put me ta sleep tonite Huknee child. With all his we done this and we doin that. Jus lisnin to himz made me tard! You no, I appreshiates ever thin hes doin, but likz mos Americuns, I jus want dis to be gone. I hopz my shrimps and Appalachiancola Bay rsters is okay, They good eatin y’all.

Be sure an tellz your mama I aks fo her!

Kamchak

June 15th, 2010
9:31 pm

His power is stripped finally this Fall. Remember November folks.

Geez…do you guys have anything different to say?

Bring it!

But you better start raising mountains of cash, ’cause for now, it ain’t there. Shoulda stayed out of those bondage themed lesbian strip-clubs

Scout

June 15th, 2010
9:31 pm

Cynthia:

Yes and he is squandering his presidency and this country.

Why did you end debate on the previous thread?

Drifter

June 15th, 2010
9:33 pm

He didn’t waste an opportunity. What he’s doing is not making a knee-jerk reaction to an isolated incident and taking us down a road to further economic distress at a time when we can’t afford it. I know there a lot of economically challenged people who think that “green” jobs would stimulate the economy, but that’s silly at best. All it would do is drive the cost of everything up and nobody needs that right now.

Madison

June 15th, 2010
9:36 pm

Cynthia, One question for you. Please tell us what car (or cars) do you drive?

Joe Schmoe

June 15th, 2010
9:36 pm

Bring it!

But you better start raising mountains of cash, ’cause for now, it ain’t there. Shoulda stayed out of those bondage themed lesbian strip-clubs
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The wind is blowing and the buzzards are circling, yet you have your heads in the sand… Good luck to the end of your loser agenda this fall.

Scout

June 15th, 2010
9:37 pm

I think Obama needs to redesign the “Oval Office” into the “Crescent Office”.

Let’s just put all the cards on the table.

Allah Akbar.

csquared

June 15th, 2010
9:37 pm

Of course on his home planet, Obama had never seen oil, so how would he know how to deal with an oil crisis. As for the speech, he can’t win. Moon Shot, someone would say he’s overreaching. he’s never going to get the cooperation from the other side of the aisle or seemingly those masses of the population that woke up to their own personal nightmare on Nov 5, 2008.

Scout

June 15th, 2010
9:39 pm

If we put BP out of business over here it will be harder on that part of the country than the oil spill itself. Talk about “throwing the baby out with the bathwater.”

But business ignorance is bliss …………… march on “community organizer”.

And while you are at it, park those armored limo’s and take Metro.

Maniac

June 15th, 2010
9:40 pm

F,F,F; fraud, fake, fool, that is what Obama is and the American people see this now. Chicago style politics will fool some of the people all of the time, all of the people some of the time, but never all of the people all of the time.

Look at Obama and his politics in Chicago and his career, he has no experience just rhetoric and speeches, no substance. It’s not Obama’s fault, its the media the made this man something he wasn’t and the ^%%$!!! that voted for him.

Remember in November and send this clown back to Bill Ayers, Tony Rezko and George Soros in 2012.

JoD

June 15th, 2010
9:41 pm

csquared

June 15th, 2010
9:37 pm
Of course on his home planet, Obama had never seen oil, so how would he know how to deal with an oil crisis. As for the speech, he can’t win. Moon Shot, someone would say he’s overreaching. he’s never going to get the cooperation from the other side of the aisle or seemingly those masses of the population that woke up to their own personal nightmare on Nov 5, 2008.
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Ahh the same cooperation GW got right? The nightmare ends this November!

csquared

June 15th, 2010
9:41 pm

“And while you are at it, park those armored limo’s and take Metro.” not while there’s nutcases out there spouting their “2nd Amendment” right’s like a security blanket. Not gonna happen pal.

JoD

June 15th, 2010
9:43 pm

Fraud… Haha, how many people bought into his bs?

godless heathen

June 15th, 2010
9:44 pm

Real world can be a bitch. Obama never dreamed this type of thing would be the historic event that would define his Presidency,

Certainly not his fault, but like they say in baseball, the ball will find the weak fielder.

In the case of the BP mess, we are seeing what happens when an idealist has to deal with real world events. I think Obama is shaking his head at his bad luck, but the ball will always find fielders like him.

Scout

June 15th, 2010
9:44 pm

Can you just imagine what it’s going to be like if the really BIG one hits California during Obama’s administration?

Will he go on television and blame God (or may Allah) ?

JoD

June 15th, 2010
9:45 pm

csquared

June 15th, 2010
9:41 pm
“And while you are at it, park those armored limo’s and take Metro.” not while there’s nutcases out there spouting their “2nd Amendment” right’s like a security blanket. Not gonna happen pal.
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Yea, those so inconvinent bill of rights… gosh, what is america thinking?

Jack

June 15th, 2010
9:45 pm

Its quite obvious That the Atlanta Spirit Group are better owners than Obama is a president. FYI, ASG is the worst ownership group in sports.
What a waste of a president

Johnny 5

June 15th, 2010
9:48 pm

I cant wait for people to get into office that will defund healthcare, and make it irrelavent.

Scout

June 15th, 2010
9:51 pm

“He said he will tell BP Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg to “set aside whatever resources are required to compensate the workers and business owners who have been harmed as a result of his company’s recklessness. “This fund will not be controlled by BP,” Obama said. “In order to ensure that all legitimate claims are paid out in a fair and timely manner, the account must and will be administered by an independent, third party.”

Would anyone like to opine as to what authority Obama thinks he has (absent legislative action) to make these demands?

Scout

June 15th, 2010
9:59 pm

“MSNBC Trashes Obama’s Address: Compared To Carter, “I Don’t Sense Executive Command”

What a put down !

Tundra Dude

June 15th, 2010
10:04 pm

Scout wrote, in part:

“Would anyone like to opine as to what authority Obama thinks he has (absent legislative action) to make these demands?”

Good question!
In the meantime BP has hired this company.

ESIS describes the goal of its services as “reducing our client’s loss dollar pay-outs.” The New Orleans-based organization Advocates for Environmental Human Rights says the hiring of ESIS indicates that “BP’s goal is to minimize the amount of money it pays to claimants.”

joan

June 15th, 2010
10:04 pm

Well, now to be fair, he did make a pitch for Cap and Trade, and for alternative energy investments. The only reason those fall with a resounding thud is that this country is already looking at about $18 Trillion in debt in a few years, and there isn’t going to be an EU bailout of the U.S. In fact, in the BP crucifixtion, we are alienating one of our greatest allies, threatening its citizenry with the same kind of bankruptcy we are going to experience and really paving the way for disaster. I sure don’t blame BP for not wanting to put big money into the hands of the incompetent governmental administrators to dole out, knowing what BP knows about the corruption and incompetence in the operation of our government. Maybe if Big O pushes hard he can get BP to pay for the healthcare increases we are bound to incur shortly. Maybe we can all allege “stress” from the BP spill. Maybe we can then extend BP’s indebtedness throughout the U.S. so we can all get a piece of this “action”. Or maybe BP can just pull up stakes and say, “Well, America, you aren’t going to have money enough to buy our oil products in future anyway, so we will just pull out. Adios.”

Van Jones

June 15th, 2010
10:05 pm

Who are you and what have you done with the real Ms. Tucker (who thinks Obama can do no wrong)?!?