It's about timew the mideo opened their eyes. The main stream media has been losing viewers in droves. Maybe if they stopped being so one sided and give the real news they might make a comeback. I can't wait to see how the thin skined Obama and his admin handle the media if they start treating him like they did every other president. I have to say only the far left idealogue anarchist type liberals still back this admin and the Democratic party.
Obama Making More Promises on Oil spill
By Tom Raum (AP)
President Barack Obama's vow to leave the Gulf Coast in better shape than before the oil spill sounds familiar. It eerily echoes President George W. Bush's pledge after Hurricane Katrina to rebuild New Orleans "higher and better."
Bush wasn't able to keep that promise. And Obama probably won't be able to keep his either.
Part of Obama's predicament may be of his own making. He has consistently set high expectations for his own performance, first in his presidential campaign and now in office.
But his eagerness to take "responsibility" has run into a wall of reality with three crises that defy easy resolution: an ocean floor oil gusher neither BP nor government scientists can stop, a nearly decade-long war in Afghanistan that Obama can't seem to end and a fragile economic recovery that isn't creating new
In each instance, Obama has responded by balancing expressions of hope with cautions that the road ahead is a long and difficult one.
Patience is running short.
A majority of Americans — 52 percent — disapprove of how Obama has handled the spill, up significantly from last month when many more Americans were reserving judgment, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.
Heading toward fall elections that will determine who controls Congress, the administration and lawmakers are attempting to deflect as much political blame for the spill as possible.
Obama's choice of the Oval Office for Tuesday night's prime-time address to the nation was a piece of presidential stagecraft designed to emphasize the seriousness of the situation, while projecting strength and engagement. It was an attempt to show him fully in charge and sympathetic to people along the Gulf Coast, and to try to counter any remaining impressions of aloofness and detachment.
Presidents have long used the format in times of crisis. Bush spoke from the Oval Office on the night of Sept. 11, 2001. Ronald Reagan used the Oval to talk about the space shuttle Challenger explosion. John F. Kennedy spoke from there about the Cuban missile crisis. Richard Nixon announced his resignation from the famous room.
In his address, Obama was calling for measures to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil. Of all the promises of U.S. presidents, the call to end the nation's "addiction to oil," as Bush put it, is the one made — and broken — the most often.
Obama was swept into office on promises of change.
As a first-term senator representing Illinois, he promised to be different. He sought to raise confidence in what government could do and campaigned against the failures of his predecessor.
He took particular aim at Bush's handling of Katrina, scoffing at the Republican president's promise to "do whatever it takes" to help New Orleans.
Obama's presidential campaign was a model of efficiency, innovation and bold can-do gestures, and he continued to raise expectations in office by putting forth an overflowing agenda — from anti-recessionary stimulus spending to health care overhaul, financial overhaul, major energy and education legislation.
He said passage of his health care bill was proof that government "could still do big things." And success seemed imminent on his
After a fitful start dealing with the spill, Obama has worked intently to convince Americans that he and his administration are in full control in the response — and were from the beginning. He has taken responsibility for stopping the leak and for the cleanup.
Obama might be trying too hard to show he's in charge, said Stephen Hess, a presidential scholar at the Brookings Institution. "I think the amount of fault on his part is limited. So why suddenly start taking the blame for what government doesn't do, or hasn't done in the past, or shouldn't do?" asked Hess.
Still, Obama has increasingly found himself on the defensive as he faces growing public anger over the spill. In the nearly two months since the disaster, BP and government scientists have failed at nearly every effort to plug the well.
If it's any solace to the president, disapproval of BP's handling of the spill is now up to 83 percent. That suggests that Americans have someone other than their president to blame.
Obama did concede the limits of presidential power. "Even though I am president of the United States, my powers are not limitless," Obama said earlier this month. "So I can't dive down there and plug the hole. I can't suck it up with a straw. All I can do is make sure that I put honest, hardworking, smart people in place." Source
MSNBC Panel Slams Obama Speech, Matthews: May 'Barf' if More 'Ludicrous' Mentions of Nobel Prize
On a special edition of Tuesday's Countdown show on MSNBC which aired after President Obama's address to the nation, the panel of Keith Olbermann, Chris Matthews and Howard Fineman were not impressed by the President's speech, as the group complained that it was not "specific" enough and lacked details.
Matthews complained that in the Obama administration, "meritocracy is going too far," and asserted that it was "ludicrous" that the President had mentioned that the Secretary of Energy has a Nobal Prize. He also recalled promising to "barf" if the President brought up the Nobal Prize again. Matthews:
I thought a couple of things were surprising to me. Why does he continue to say that the Secretary of Energy has a Nobel Prize? I mean, it`s almost gotten ludicrous. We had Carol Browner do it again tonight. I know I`ve mocked him for doing it, saying I`d barf if he did it one more time. But it`s not important. This meritocracy has gone too far. This, they’ve named the new guy here, the head of MMS. I`m not sure whether these degrees are going to help or these awards from overseas.
Olbermann ended up complaining: "I think the President was nicer to BP and big oil than the big oil executives were to BP this afternoon." Source
Republicans Not Impressed with Obama's Oval Office Address
ABC's Z. Byron Wolf reports: First out of the gate responding to the president is Sen. Lamar Alexander, the Tennessean who is spearheading energy legislation for his party.
Alexander was not impressed with the president's call to arms.
“The president should spend more time focusing on cleaning up and containing the oil spill and less time trying to pass a national energy tax that will drive jobs overseas looking for cheap energy. After that, Congress can enact legislation to help electrify half our cars and trucks, which is the single best way to reduce our dependence on oil."
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison was even more pointed.
"I am concerned the administration is attempting to capitalize on public outrage over the spill in order to push through a cap and trade bill that will significantly raise energy prices for all Americans and add more burdens on businesses," she said in a written statement. "Right now, the President’s number one priority needs to be keeping the jobs in the energy sector from going overseas and restoring the Gulf of Mexico.” Source
Obama's Curiously Flat Gulf Speech
Somewhere between Pensacola and the Oval Office, the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico went from an “assault” to an “epidemic”—and President Obama went from commander-in-chief to surgeon general. In Florida, he had referred to the disaster as an "assault" and spoke, at an Army post, in military terms, but by the time he got home he had changed the analogy to a medical matter.
And that, in short, is why his speech to the nation fell so flat even as he delivered it.
It was Obama who compared the Gulf disaster to World War Two, and it was, unfortunately, Obama who was unable to approach let alone match the specificity, combativeness and passion of Franklin Roosevelt.
Having just made a tour of the battlefieldearlier today—a two-day trip to the four hard-hit gulf states—and having scheduled a meeting tomorrow with his putative but not-to-be-trusted allies, the top officials of BP, the president should have delivered a report full of specifics and fighting spirit.
Instead, there was far too much of: a dissertation on the inscrutability of the future; a discussion of the commissions and studies he planned to set up; the fine credentials of his advisors; and a partial admission that he had been way too credulous in accepting “assurances” earlier this year that it was safe to ramp up off-shore drilling off the American coasts. Source
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. Source