- Posted June 16, 2010 by
New York, New York
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Oil disaster views and solutions
Obama Address: Irresolute
Last night’s Oval Office address by President Obama has been roundly criticized as being long on rhetoric and fuzzy on detail. The President vowed to make an irresponsible BP pay for the damage to the Gulf Coast and it’s citizens caused by the Deepwater oil disaster, but didn’t spell out exactly how. The President spoke of battle plans, long-term restoration, and our strength and resilience as a nation seeing us through, but again didn’t provide detail on just how to back up that inspiration.
His sole focus may have been to inspire, then work out the nitty gritty in the workaday world (this morning, in fact a 20 billion dollar claim fund has been agreed to by BP execs in meeting with Obama), but with oil gushing for 57 days and counting, the time for cheerleading has long ago passed, and the nation is fatigued and hungry for the specifics.
I’m sure the President is genuinely moved by this on-going tragedy. We can take his empathy as a given. Now we need to lay our eyes on the plans.