Tonight’s Presidential address from Barack Obama was the first time this President has formally addressed the nation on the Gulf Oil disaster. It was a chance for him to finally grab the bull by the horn and let the country know how terrible he felt for the pain and suffering the people of the Gulf coast have had to endure and to chart a clear course ahead to ensure that a disaster of this magnitude will never happen again. It was a chance for him to finally be the commander in chief that the nation so desperately needs and, as Thomas Friedman pointed out two weeks ago, galvanize the country, like Kennedy did in 1961 when he pledged to land a man on the moon before the end of the decade, to end our dependence on fossil fuels. It was also a chance for him to assume the responsibility, not for causing the disaster in the first place, but for the poor response of the government agencies tasked with the job of coordinating the cleanup.
Mission Unaccomplished, Mr. President!