Obama Addresses Nation on Gulf Oil Spill Disaster
Tonight, fifty-something days into the oil spill disaster, the President of the United States addressed the nation in a speech made from the Oval Office.
If you haven’t watched the speech yet, I suggest you do so. Thanks to my friend, Angelia (“Knottie”), for finding it on YouTube just minutes after it was posted. Unfortunately, it’s in two parts, but maybe that’s for the best, after all. If you get sick of the rhetoric in Part 1, you can take a break before watching Part 2.
Part 1 of Obama’s speech:
Part 2 of Obama’s speech:
I’m not going to dissect the entire speech. I don’t have the patience to sit through the whole thing again and, quite frankly, the major news networks will do that better than I can. I do want to point out a couple of things, though.
1) The President insists the best minds have been working on the situation since the beginning. And yet, he completely fails to mention he has turned down help from other countries, including the Dutch, who offered help early on. The President fails to mention the Jones Act at all, and why he hasn’t suspended it for this special circumstance.
2) Never one to pass up an opportunity to advance his Big Government agenda, Obama uses this speech to acquaint us further with the idea of Cap & Trade or, if you prefer, Cap & Tax, by way of further “Green Legislation.”
While he claims he is open to bipartisan discussion, he also states what he won’t stand for is inactivity.
One has to wonder if Obama’s idea of bipartisanship will be similar to what was shown by Democrats during the formation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (dubbed Obamacare), where Democrats met behind closed doors, crafted legislation, then invited Republican participation by way of accepting the bill as is, with the lucky position of being able to add amendments.
3) Obama is going to hold BP accountable for paying for the oil spill and all related costs. Frankly, I agree with him on this. BP should pay. But, BP has said it would pay. That not being good enough for Barry, he is going to take over BP’s already established escrow account and put it in the control of a neutral third party.
First, I doubt the legality of doing this. Second, I doubt the morality of doing it. Third, I flat out disbelieve the President regarding his ability to do anything with neutrality.
In short, I find Obama’s speech to be nothing but a relatively ineffectual PR effort aimed at pleasing liberals and preemptively bringing conservatives in line.
Even anchors at MSNBC, the traditional bastion of liberal elite journalism, found fault, comparding Obama disfavorably to Jimmy Carter. Yeah, that one’s going to play well.
So, lots of lip service to what a great job “The Annointed One”, as Sean Hannity calls him, has done and is doing. Further government control of industry on the way, along with accompanying higher taxes. And, meanwhile, the oil is still gushing.
UPDATE: I just got this form email from Mitch Stewart at Organizing America.
Tonight, in his very first speech from the Oval Office, President Obama addressed the nation on the BP oil spill and the crisis in the Gulf Coast.
Millions of Americans heard him lay out the path forward: Tens of thousands will continue to work around the clock to stop the oil spill and prevent further damage. The Obama administration will ensure that BP is held accountable, covering the costs of the clean-up and paying its debts to the people whose lives have been upended by the disaster.
The Gulf Coast will be repaired and restored for the people who call it home and whose livelihoods depend on it.
But, as the President said tonight, this is just the beginning — we need to ensure that a disaster like this never happens again.
The President presented a vision of a future where we as a nation are not held hostage by our dependence on fossil fuels — and a plan for an economy that invests in energy generated right here and creates jobs for millions of Americans in the process. Under his leadership, some of this is beginning to take shape — clean energy is starting to put people back to work across the country, building more efficient cars and trucks, repurposing old factories to manufacture wind turbines, and investing in research that will discover new energy technologies.
Critics will say that a real transition to clean energy is a challenge that can’t be met. But the President made it clear tonight that he will not back down — even if the path forward is not easy. And, as this movement has shown time and again, neither will we.*
Washington has put this off for far too long — now we must act. If you haven’t already, please stand with the President for a clean-energy future.
Organizing for America
* Does this sound like fascism to anyone else but me? Um, yeah. Color me “doubtful.”