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President Obama and the Oil Spill Speech June 16, 2010

Posted by emuleman in Thoughts.
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Let me start out by telling you that I recognize that President Obama was elected by the great people of this country, and I have stood behind him from day one.  I feel it is only fair to support a new President.  He has taken office while our young men and woman fight for our freedoms overseas.  He also has to deal with the worst recession this country has seen since the great depression.  He has an extremely difficult job, and I believe he deserves the full support of the American people.   It seems no matter what he does he will get some criticism from some people.  With that in mind it doesn’t mean I cannot give you my honest and fair opinion of his speech last night to the American people about the horrible oil spill in the gulf.

Now I have to admit that President Obama is quite a good speaker, and he always can calmly get his points across.  Unfortunately last night he really didn’t tell us anything new, and the American people are really looking for him to take some leadership on this oil spill to get it under control.  My biggest complaint was that he really didn’t talk about the spill much at all.  More than half his speech he is talking about his future political agenda.  This is really an insult to the American people, and it certainly wasn’t the time and place to start discussing them.

“If my house is on fire, I don’t need the fire chief telling me I should not have built the house out of wood. I need somebody to put the fire out,” Republican Alabama Gov. Bob Riley said on Wednesday. “We have a crisis here. … Last night, we were going through again the same type of rhetorical persuasion that the president is very good at, but not now.”

I thought that the President should have told the world that his priority was stopping the oil spill, period. He needed to take charge and tell us that he was using every available resource at his disposal to get this accomplished.  This includes accepting help from other oil companies and countries who the Obama administration had already turned down.  We are 57 days into having the worst environmental disaster this country has ever seen, and the American people want to know the specifics about how this administration is working on getting this spill under control, and about cleaning up our coastline.  I was under the impression that this is what the speech was suppose to be about.

He should have not be telling us his dream about how we will all be using green, clean energy in the future. I got the impression that the President thought the oil spill was already done, and taken care of.

Remarks by Senator Mitch McConnell on tonight’s speech addressing the BP spill by Obama:

Most Americans are baffled by all this. The crisis as they see it is a broken pipe at the bottom of the ocean, miles-long oil slicks, and threatened coastlines. The first thing they want to know is what the administration plans to do to plug the leak, clean up the oil, and mitigate the spill’s effects on the livelihoods of those affected.

And yet day after day, as the oil continues to flow, what we hear about from the administration is how tough they plan to be with BP and now, apparently, how important it is that we institute a new tax that will raise energy costs for every single American but which will do nothing to plug the leak. Never has a mission statement fit an administration as perfectly as Rahm Emanuel’s “never allow a crisis to go to waste.” Climate change policy is important, but first things first.

Americans are saying two things at the moment: stop this spill and clean it up. So with all due respect to the White House, the wetlands of the Bayou, the beaches of the coast, and our waters in the Gulf are far more important than the status of the Democrats’ legislative agenda in Washington. Americans want us to stop the oil spill first. And until this leak is plugged, they’re not in any mood to hand over even more power in the form of a new national energy tax to a government that, so far, hasn’t lived up to their expectations in its response to this crisis.

Now don’t misunderstand me.  I believe we need to explore new energy options and research new technologies.  We have been exploring solar and wind technologies for over 30 years, and have come a long way.  If these alternatives were feasible we would have seen them by now.  Unfortunately fossil fuels are our only current energy solution.

I also believe that the US Government is getting way too big, and regulating just about everything under the sun.  I believe that the Government should be protecting the people, and this disaster is a perfect example of when I think the government should step up and take charge of this.  Leaving it in the hands of BP was a big mistake, since they were obviously in over their heads.

The lack of leadership and hands on management from President Obama and his administration in responding to this oil disaster is embarrassing.  I feel sorry for all the residents of the gulf region who tells us that there seems to be no organization with the clean up, and no command and control.  Officials and experts say the damage to the coastline and wildlife has been much worse that it might have been if the response had been faster and orchestrated more effectively.

That is my opinion.  As always I welcome your comments.


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