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Everything You Need To Know About Obama's First Presidential Address

From The Washington Post:

Senior administration officials said Obama's address -- which they described as coming at an "inflection point" in the crisis -- will help adjust the nation's focus from the immediate spill to a longer-term strategy for restoring the gulf region and changing the way the country uses energy. Obama said he has assigned Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, a former Mississippi governor, to draw up a long-term strategy for the gulf "as soon as possible."

Privately, one senior official said the speech was a direct effort to "wipe the slate clean," adding that the goal now is to "shift the conversation to something more future-oriented."

When things get tough focus things elsewhere. Great plan. People will forget about all that nasty oil still spewing into the Gulf of Mexico.

Even his water carriers at The New York Times notice the difficulties:

For eight weeks, the spill has seemed somehow too big and too difficult to meet as the president struggled to contain it while trying to demonstrate leadership, sympathy and anger. It was not clear that this was one of those dramatic moments that alter the arc of a political crisis.

Until now he has employed most of the tools of his office, imposing a deepwater drilling moratorium, traveling repeatedly to the region, firing an agency director and appointing a commission. He used a few more Tuesday night, summoning the cameras to the Oval Office, appointing a long-term recovery coordinator and demanding that the company responsible, BP, set up a multibillion-dollar escrow account to compensate the victims.

And for good measure, on Wednesday he will subject BP executives to a perp walk of sorts across the White House driveway into the West Wing for a presidential scolding.

That he would feel compelled to devote his first Oval Office address to the nation after 17 months to the spill, and not the Great Recession or two actual shooting wars still raging overseas, only underscored the profound impact on his presidency.

And just for good measure, the AP shortly after Obama's speech issued this fact check: Obama inflates hopes in spill recovery


The full address is available below.



Ironically, President Obama uttered, with a straight face no less, this unintentionally hilarious line.

"The one approach I will not accept is inaction"

I guess if you're going to "wipe the slate clean," you can wipe away your own inaction...


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Comments (31)

That was one pathetic perfo... (Below threshold)
Brett:

That was one pathetic performance. On a par with Jimmy Carter talking about a "National Malaise". The man is completely overmatched by the job - and the most pathetic part is that *his job has been pretty darn easy so far*. Wait till he has to face real problems - North Korea, Iran, etc. Even that lousy socialist POS Roosevelt was a man of steel against the Nazis. Poor little Barack has a oil spill and a self-induced series of blunders that are going to get turned around very soon by others.

To quote Edward G. Robinson in The Ten Commandments - "Where's your messiah now?"

Obama wants to shift the fo... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

Obama wants to shift the focus? REALLY? You mean he doesn't want everyone constantly talking about what a lame and incompetent buffoon he is anymore, and would prefer us concentrate on paying double the electric bills and gas prices?

Well, we elected a man whose entire experience consisted of being a "community organizer," a lecturer, and a state senator who set a record by voting "Present" 138 times in the Illinois State Senate. So if we needed a fellow to set up a demonstration or make a speech or just sit quietly in the corner when the decisions got tough, Obama is the man!

The Presidency of the United States requires more than this pathetic poseur can deliver in his wildest narcissistic dreams. Pray for our country until this feckless, foundering foil of fools finds his finest fit by going "former" . . .

"Until now he has employed ... (Below threshold)
hermie:

"Until now he has employed most of the tools of his office, imposing a deepwater drilling moratorium, traveling repeatedly to the region, firing an agency director..."

Wait a second. I distinctly remember Obama saying he had no knowledge if his MMM director was fired or resigned.

""The one approach I will n... (Below threshold)
retired military:

""The one approach I will not accept is inaction""


Here Lee Ward let me save you the trouble

Republicans didnt describe inaction as 57 days of doing nothing before a black man became president.

I was very disappointed in ... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

I was very disappointed in his speech. I was actually hoping he would reverse his earlier decision and at least try to suck up the oil in a straw. It would have been a great move to look involved.

Shorter Obama.It's... (Below threshold)
Hank:

Shorter Obama.

It's not my fault.
Don't blame me.
And let's try something else that no one has a clue about.

Now what time is tee off?

The only one that Obama spe... (Below threshold)
Stan:

The only one that Obama speech was good was Alan Colmbs on Fox. Of course, he is a very ardent Obama ass kicker.

Obama talked about American... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

Obama talked about American innovation, but it's obvious he doesn't know how to unlock and promote it. It's real simple, put a bounty on oil removed from the sea and make sure those who collect it can readily offload and get paid on the spot. The oil itself is worth about $75 per barrel, so offer that initially and have several processing ships at sea and in port where private companies can offload and get paid. As oil from the spill becomes more and more scarce, increase the bounty.

Such a scheme will unleash innovation in developing the best means of gathering oil from sea water, which is where we want to capture it, rather than on-shore. It works because it pays the most to those who gather the most. The technology and techniques can then become standard practice in preparation for the next spill.

The government's role is to provide the offload terminals which include technology to remove most of the water from the oil, measure it, and then pay for it. The technology to remove most of the water from oil is much simpler than that required to remove oil from water to the point that the water is drinkable.

The money for the offload terminals and the bounty come from BP, yet such a scheme will be much cheaper for BP than if the oil is allowed to reach shore, devastate fisheries, and other wildlife.

BHO is like my 10 year old.... (Below threshold)
hcddbzhc:

BHO is like my 10 year old. Some one needs to say FOCOUS on the problem at hand. The issue from day one was that. He sent lawyers down to the shore towns to deal with law suits of when the oil reach shore. The focus should have been on containing the spill. He should have accepted all the aid that was rendered to him. He should deployed skimmer and fire boons and erected barriers.

Instead spent all his time with his foot on the throat of BP and talking about how BP going to pay.

We had hearings on how to screw BP instead of hearing on how to fix and contain the immediate problem.

He been to busy campaigning and grand standing to LEAD.
Thomas Pain said LEAD, Follow, Or get out of the WAY.
Rangers and Presidents should LEAD the WAY.

Never let a crisis go to wa... (Below threshold)
TexBob:

Never let a crisis go to waste.

While the gulf coast is destroyed, Comrade Hussein continues on his quest of government control of everything.

Get ready for $7/gallon for gas and folks freezing in the winter thanks to cap & tax.

It will be another crisis to foist some other BS law on us.

He looks like a kid sitting... (Below threshold)
David Spence:

He looks like a kid sitting behind his daddy's desk on "Take Your Child to Work Day."

I also like his scolding BP for its "reckless conduct." I don't even think the ambulance chasers lining up to grab a piece of that "fund" would go that far.

Mac is 100% on the money wi... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

Mac is 100% on the money with his proposed solution (#8). Unfortunately since his solution does not enrich lawyers and unions there's no way our current government would go for it.

Now if you added to that plan that all the boats collecting the oil have to be crewed with only union members and pay prevailing wages and that every time a boat offloads the colleted oil they have to hire a lawyer to write up the contracts for them to get payment, then Obama might go for it.

"It will be another cris... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

"It will be another crisis to foist some other BS law on us."

That sounds familiar, but I just can place my finger on it... oh yeah, now I remember.

Mac Lorry #9 -That... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Mac Lorry #9 -

That's an excellent idea, that WOULD produce some good results. Too bad it doesn't have a chance in hell.

No unions, little kickback possibility, no 'accountability' to a half-dozen hastily-made agencies who've been created to generate licences and permits and approvals and train crews and administrators, inspect and monitor collection equipment (for a modest fee, of course) and then there's the inspectors needed to QC the offloaded oil and make sure it passes EPA regs...

What, you think just ANYONE should be licensed to collect oil? This has to be done RIGHT - or think of the problems such an approach could create!

How does he know BP was eng... (Below threshold)
hermie:

How does he know BP was engaged in 'reckless conduct'? Does he have any idea of how tough and dangerous oil drilling is?

A full investigation hasn't even gotten off the ground. You don't have an arson investigator come to the conclusion that somebody was playing with matches while the fire is still burning. You put out the fire, then do the investigation.

BHO is like my 10 year old.... (Below threshold)
just bob:

BHO is like my 10 year old. Some one needs to say FOCOUSu>= (FUC*US) on the problem at hand. The issue from day one was that. He sent lawyers down to the shore towns to deal with law suits of when the oil reach shore. The focus should have been on containing the spill. He should have accepted all the aid that was rendered to him. He should deployed skimmer and fire boons and erected barriers.

Instead spent all his time with his foot on the throat of BP and talking about how BP going to pay.

We had hearings on how to screw BP instead of hearing on how to fix and contain the immediate problem.

He been to busy campaigning and grand standing to LEAD.
Thomas Pain said LEAD, Follow, Or get out of the WAY.
Rangers and Presidents should LEAD the WAY.

Barry could have had a shor... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Barry could have had a shorter speech:

"PRESENT!"

How bad was it? Barry even managed to piss off his two main water carriers at MSNBC - Chrissy and Olberdouche.

Barry better get busy if he... (Below threshold)
914:

Barry better get busy if he wants his disgraceful kisser anywhere near Mount Gushmore.

If he really wants to "plug that damn hole" He would stuff his economic skills down it. That would plugg it dead cold.

Good point JL (#14). I for... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

Good point JL (#14). I forgot about the inspectors and licenses. The reality is that while the idea is an excellent one that would work, our current government would bog it down with so many fees and regulations that it wouldn't be profitable so no one would do it.

Remember "this is NOT the time to make profits" in America. The time to make profits in America is after January 2013 when there's no longer a commie in the Whitehouse.

even Chris Mathews could mu... (Below threshold)
Justrand:

even Chris Mathews could muster up a leg tingle over this.

Our Putz-in-Chief isn't interested in FIXING anything, or in actually ALLOWING "all hands on deck" (i.e. foreign countries and companies with actual resources that could help CLEAN THIS UP!!").

Our President is like a shyster lawyer who has just seen you get hit by a car as you're crossing the street. As you're laying their bleeding he runs up and says: "Here's my card...we'll sue them!!"

Excuse me, my shyster lawyer...how about stopping my bleeding and getting me some life-saving aid...THEN we can decide whether to sue!

Can we also get the governm... (Below threshold)
MOC:

Can we also get the government to escrow Social Security and Medicare? They have less of the ability to pay than BP does. I say escrow every future promise the government makes....

RE #21How would th... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

RE #21

How would that work? I mean considering the money doesn't even exist?

I guess we could write up IOU's and whenever a new child is born we can put their fingerprints on it and then put the IOU's in a safety deposit box and call it an "escrow".

MOC #21 makes a good point.... (Below threshold)
_Mike_:

MOC #21 makes a good point.

We've got the Gov't suddenly "concerned" about an unfunded liability and it's not SocialSecurity or Medicare or Gov't pensions ? If the public had a clue, they'd be laughing hysterically at the irony.

And for the record, I would... (Below threshold)
_Mike_:

And for the record, I would like to see BP put in escrow an amount equal to the current expected damages - if that's even possible.

Can we get Chris Christie s... (Below threshold)

Can we get Chris Christie signed up to give the national counterpoint to every Obama address from now through, and including, the next SOTU?

Can I request Barry insane ... (Below threshold)
914:

Can I request Barry insane O'buma set aside 55 $trillion in an escrow account to pay for all the damage he has done to this economy to date? I mean I know we got 2 long years left of this fool and damages may triple but lets make him be responsible and pay for his agitatin..

"Everything You Need To Kno... (Below threshold)
914:

"Everything You Need To Know About Obama's First Presidential Address"

He looks so unpresidential sittin there like that..


Am I close??

Where is Lee Ward defending... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Where is Lee Ward defending his idol's performance?

Where is Lee Ward defend... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

Where is Lee Ward defending his idol's performance?

Lee's been busy rehearsing his performance art piece in honor of his messiah.

Ewwww....I could h... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Ewwww....

I could have gone my entire life without seeing that.

I predict, years from now, ... (Below threshold)
Constitution First:

I predict, years from now, "The Great Gulf Oil Spill" will not only be the "inflection point" of Øbama's pRESIDENCY, it will be his legacy.




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