I don’t pretend to be President Obama’s biggest fan, but I was eager to learn something from tonight’s presidential address on the Gulf oil spill and a future energy policy. And, in my opinion, we got virtually nothing of interest from our president.
Is it too much to ask the president to act like a commander in chief? What I saw was a combination of an out-of-the-loop Homeland Security press secretary and a Thomas Friedman speech on C-Span. We need specifics, not platitudes or public relations.
We didn’t hear specifics on how the oil is going to be cleaned up. We didn’t hear specifics on what the president’s future energy policy is. I may not agree with the president, but I want details and specifics.
What I heard was pablum about a Nobel Prize winning adviser, generalities about a clean up, a blue-ribbon panel (that’s so encouraging) and some talk about the war on terror and the recession. And what is this chatter about the best minds and best team out there working? Is that why everything is going so swimmingly?
No one should blame the president for the oil spill. But two months after the crisis began, President Obama still can’t demonstrate leadership on this crisis.