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Reviews are in -- Obama overflowed with words, but spouted no real leadership

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This is the nation's first president who seems to truly believe he can govern with oratory alone.

But how can anyone have expected anything different? The man had no executive experience whatsoever, and voters selected him primarily based upon his ability to make speeches.

Even so, Mr. Obama's address to the nation Tuesday night was sorely lacking -- perhaps the worst in his public life -- and even his most ardent supporters on the far-left margins of American society gushed with condemnation of his performance.

"I think the American people, both in the Gulf and everywhere else, wanted to know more how this was going," Howard Fineman said on the liberal cable network MSNBC.

"There wasn't any specificity to it," added Keith Olbermann. "I'm going to revise my (earlier) remark. ... I don't think he aimed low. I don't think he aimed at all about this. It's startling to have heard this, isn't it?"

Noting the Obama administration's chirping about its Nobel Prizes and college degrees -- but having precious little experience in managing and in the fields they're trying to manage -- MSNBC personality and former Democratic aide Chris Matthews said, "This meritocracy has gone too far. ... I`m not sure whether these degrees are going to help, or these awards from overseas."

Citing the president's announcement of a new commission to probe the oil spill's causes -- (wouldn't you rather have it plugged first?) -- Matthews said, "Can`t we move a little quicker than that, than to name a commission?

"I don`t sense executive command. And I thought that was the purpose of this speech tonight, command and control."

Was it that -- or merely to project an image of command and control?

Either way, even according to the president's biggest fans, he failed thoroughly Tuesday night to show any real leadership.

Instead, content to convey anger at British Petroleum -- and to try to exploit yet another crisis, as is his administration's stated aim, by pushing his job-killing carbon tax legislation that's stalled in Congress -- Mr. Obama inexplicably chose not to map out any strategy, share any details, give any overview, regarding how the leaking well will be capped.

This was a political speech aimed at plugging his own leaking presidency. Not even that worked; not even his base is buying what he's selling. Politico.com Wednesday detected "a barrage of criticism from commentators and political analysts across the ideological spectrum -- the most intense negative reaction to any major public appearance he has given as president," adding that the speech was "an emphatic failure."

Liberal columnist and Obama cheerleader Eugene Robinson, admitting that "my heart sank" a minute into the speech when the president trotted out an administration Nobel Prize "for the umpteenth time," wrote that "Obama's speech pretty much went downhill from there."

Left-wing Internet magazine Salon.com wrote, "Just words: Oval Office speech fizzles."

Yet, bizarrely, the Associated Press' Ben Feller wrote that reaction to the president's speech was "mixed." Yes. In the same way a double-scotch, no ice, no water, is a "mixed drink."

This man is clearly out of his depth. Yet, his rhetoric still soars: He claims he'll not only stop the leak and clean it up, but will leave the Gulf better than before. Even those on the left have to be snickering at those platitudes.

If only words could harness the wind and seas.

Ultimately, Mr. Obama seems to see this disaster as a policy issue rather than a catastrophe nipping at his heels; again, no management experience. We don't need to break British Petroleum, Mr. President, and now isn't the time to debate the entirety of our energy future.

Focus. Get every nation, every oil company, every military, civilian, public and private entity that can help - and just plug the leak!

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double_standard
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double_standard 06/16/10 - 11:11 pm
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You people just don't get it.

You people just don't get it. Obama didn't cause the leak. Its BP's job to clean up the oil. The oil pollution act of 1990 you should try reading it. Or better yet ask why did BP's ceo sell 200 shares a week before the spill. But I guess you want Obama to swim to the bottom of the gulf and plug the hole. But if he does that then you still wouldn't be satisfied.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 06/16/10 - 11:22 pm
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Your darn right I would be

Your darn right I would be satisfied if he swam to the bottom and plug the hole, as long as he didn't come back up!

JM88
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JM88 06/16/10 - 11:54 pm
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"The man had no executive

"The man had no executive experience whatsoever, and voters selected him primarily based upon his ability to make speeches."

Well put. I'll never forget the complete and utter irrationality and hypocrisy liberals showed in their zeal to lampoon Sarah Palin for her "lack of experience" during the 2008 presidential campaign, while exuberantly punching the ticket for their messiah Obama who hadn't even run so much as a corner store in his lifetime. The man was, and is, all style and no substance, a media creation of the highest order. Unfortunately, too many people bought into Obama's snake oil salesman tactics and we're paying the price for it now. You can only hope those people are starting to wake up and will correct their mistake in two years.

sjgraci
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sjgraci 06/17/10 - 03:34 am
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Liberals would like for

Liberals would like for President Obama to start acting like and talking like a Liberal instead of the middle of the road pragmatist that he is, especially in this situation.

This disaster is the result of big business deregulation and "free market capitalism". Businesses can not and will not regulate themselves and it is time for President Obama to start sounding and acting like Presidents FDR, JFK, and LBJ and reign in this insanity. Do that and it will once again only be the radical right complaining about him and his actions.

As for the Presidential Address, it was geared towards middle America and low information citizens. Those who have been paying attention did not hear what they wanted to hear. But what it accomplished was an uncapped $20 Billion escrow account to clean up this mess paid by BP. And that is a huge success and step in the right direction.

Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 06/17/10 - 04:25 am
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No on said the leak was

No on said the leak was caused by Obama. Bush didn't cause the Hurricane, but the left strongly criticized him for the far better job of handling it than Obama is doing. If a nuclear reactor were to melt down, would it be ok for the President to say "it's the utility company's problem"? Heck no...he needs to do something, and he has done NOTHING!

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 06/17/10 - 06:09 am
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It's been obvious to many,

It's been obvious to many, since before the 2008 election, that this man was unqualified for the job of president, especially if he took it seriously. I'm no fan of obama and even I felt sorry for the struggling effort to stay afloat in the sea of responsibility that is drowning this man. Even the easily tricked (a large part of his base) are beginning to see we are without leadership in the presidency. I'm wondering if he has enough ego (apparently his only quality) to carry him through his term. I couldn't be more worried about what mischief he will add to his legacy on his way out. obama continues to make Carter look more and more competent.

TheFederalist
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TheFederalist 06/17/10 - 06:22 am
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Sadly, the apologists from

Sadly, the apologists from the left continue to confuse the two separate and distinct issues. Tigger hit the nail right on the head. Nobody is blaming the POTUS for the actual hole in the bottom of the ocean that we can't repair, any more than GW was blamed for Katrina. What they are blaming him for is his "LEADERSHIP" after the fact. I know the word is foreign to most of the left, as they dodge the issue at every chance. The sad fact is that the American people look to their leader for the one thing that is lacking in this man. You cannot refute the fact that this man is simply a liberal classroom theorist, who can lecture all day long, but has no clue how to actually get things accomplished. That requires someone who is pragmatic, has experience, and is results oriented, and most of all is not afraid to get his hands dirty. I ask just these simple questions. How far ahead of the spill and what would public opinion be now, if on day one he had flown to the gulf, and worked tirelessly for the last 59 days, coordinating a governmental command center, and helping Bobby Jindal and others to cut through all the governmental red tape to get the things that were required onsite and in action immediately? What if he had suspended the Jones act in the first week, as GW did, and readily accepted the foreign expertise, skimmers, etc that were immediately offered from 17 different countries? What if he had called together all the oil companies, experts, scientists, etc on day one, to set up a commission to explore all the many different ways to plug the hole? What if he had been seen day after day, talking to the folks hurt by this disaster, and holding a daily briefing, in person, talking about the progress made that day to combat the spill? What if it was him that was personally seen giving the orders daily to Cmdr Thad Allen and others, as he worked in a high tech governmental command and control center set up just for the cleanup effort in the first few weeks? I guess what I am saying is that imho, this display of concern and personal engagement would have been a golden opportunity to show that he is a leader, not just a classroom professor. Much like how the public perceives Bobby Jindal's valiant display of leadership, he would now be lauded for his efforts, instead of being blasted for his display of disjointed, unorganized and indifferent response to this tragedy. But then, he would have missed all the golf, state dinners, trips to campaign for Democratic candidates, vacations, photo ops, etc. Seems to me that you reap what you sow, and he richly deserves every negative criticism coming his way. Sadly, imho, a golden opportunity to display competent presidential leadership....missed.

slippery 25
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slippery 25 06/17/10 - 06:27 am
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Obama constantly attacked

Obama constantly attacked Bush on Katrina. Maybe he will apoligize. Sometimes it is tough being President. Who is performing at this weeks party at the White House?

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carcraft 06/17/10 - 06:30 am
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Double standard-Obama can't

Double standard-Obama can't plug the leak, but he could have accepted offered aid from Holland and other countries in the use of their scimmers and technical expertise in clean up! Obama should not use this crises to lie to about American energy reserves to try to push a political agenda.YES WE CAN, HOPE AND CHANGE how are those thingies working for you?

OnlyinAgs
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OnlyinAgs 06/17/10 - 06:51 am
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The editors are still on

The editors are still on track NOTHING ORIGINAL. Man I am so glad this is a LOCAL paper. I bet if one of these editors were to apply for a job at a real newspaper as a editor, they would probably get hired as a columnist and be told to get more EDITORIAL experience.

omnomnom
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omnomnom 06/17/10 - 07:37 am
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the offal office!

the offal office!

Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 06/17/10 - 07:41 am
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Onlyinags, what specifically

Onlyinags, what specifically is wrong with the editorial?

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55 F-100 06/17/10 - 07:43 am
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Prezbhojangles + pretty

Prezbhojangles + pretty speech + teleprompter = empty suit, no action, no direction, clueless, empty promises/threats. Two months and counting...............

FaceTheMusic
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FaceTheMusic 06/17/10 - 08:10 am
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I thought the speech was

I thought the speech was excellent. He explained exactly what has happened and what will happen. He then called the BP execs into the Oval Office the next day and forced them to pony up $20 billion into an escrow account for clean-up efforts; this is after the Republicans in Congress just last week refused to raise the cap for damages for oil companies from $75 million to $10 billion. Oh, those Republicans, always watching out for the big oil companies and not middle America and the taxpayers! Then Obama told the chairman of the board of BP to go outside the White House and apologize to the American people. If Bush had been in charge of this, he would have gone into a meeting with BP and given them money! Oh, wait, he and Cheney already did that!

Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 06/17/10 - 08:32 am
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Facethemusic, what exactly is

Facethemusic, what exactly is going to happen. What speech were you watching where he explains how the leak will be repared? When did he give ANY details on how it will be cleaned up? I must have missed THAT speech.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 06/17/10 - 08:32 am
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I agree with Face. Let's

I agree with Face. Let's raise the cap to $10 billion. That will put all the small oil companies in a position where they cannot compete. Then only the mega oil companies, like BP, will be able to afford to drill. That will show those small business owners that we mean business!!

Rhetor
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Rhetor 06/17/10 - 08:39 am
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It is not enough to fix this

It is not enough to fix this one leak--the President was actually very wise to look at long-term solutions, which sounds to me like an excellent management idea.

Rhetor
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Rhetor 06/17/10 - 08:41 am
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If I were to damage someone's

If I were to damage someone's property, the price that I would have to pay to make it right is unlimited. The person whom I harmed could sue me into bankruptcy. Why should big business be different? Why should the taxpayers suffer, once again, for the sins of big business?

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reader54 06/17/10 - 08:50 am
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I don't know........ Seems

I don't know........ Seems like the folks complaining about Obama not stopping this leak should just get Joe the Plumber to do it.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 06/17/10 - 09:05 am
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I don't suppose he could do

I don't suppose he could do any worse.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 06/17/10 - 09:07 am
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Good idea, let's sue BP into

Good idea, let's sue BP into bankruptcy. Excellent!

Rhetor
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Rhetor 06/17/10 - 09:12 am
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There is really no experience

There is really no experience that prepares a person to be President. President Bush had plenty of management experience, but conservatives and liberals alike generally agree that he fell short as president. Lincoln's career consisted of being a 2nd-rate lawyer but he was a great president. Hoover had a terrific resume and he led the country to financial ruin. Grant was a great general but a disaster in the White House. Eisenhower was a successful career general and he also turned out to be a quite capable president. Sometimes it's just hard to know who will do well in the White House.

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seenitB4 06/17/10 - 09:30 am
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Now that was REALLY funny

Now that was REALLY funny Facts!!! I can see the Rep. using this one.

Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 06/17/10 - 09:33 am
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So Rhetor, it's good

So Rhetor, it's good management to do NOTHING about the current leak, and only focus on the future? I guess with the amount of golf he plays, he figured he could call a Mulligan on this oil spill and do nothing about it.

Rhetor
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Rhetor 06/17/10 - 09:33 am
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With respect to the video,

With respect to the video, justthefacts, true enough. At the same time, Bush went on a golf trip right after 9/11, did he not? It does make you wonder why we pay these guys.....

dashiel
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dashiel 06/17/10 - 09:34 am
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$20 billion in escrow that BP

$20 billion in escrow that BP can't litigate its way out of is not NOTHING. Perhaps you choose to forget how Poppy Bush handled the Exxon-Valdez spill. I'm sure Exxon-Mobil remains grateful however.

burninater
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burninater 06/17/10 - 09:58 am
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Ironic to criticize rhetoric

Ironic to criticize rhetoric over action when the only action the AC takes as a journalistic entity to deal with national-level issues is to publish an unending stream of editorial page rhetoric. Clearly out of their depth.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 06/17/10 - 09:40 am
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Rhetor...It was said when O

Rhetor...It was said when O was running for office that he didn't have the experience for the job....sad but that fact is coming true everyday. How can anyone THINK 2 years in the senate & working as a community organizer is enough background to become President...I wish McCain had picked Crist or Pawlenty as his running mate, I think we would be singing a different song right now.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 06/17/10 - 09:47 am
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Rhetor, I'm not sure about

Rhetor, I'm not sure about Bush after 9-11. Guess I could look it up. But, focusing on what the Bush's did 10 yrs ago, or in the case of Exxon, 20 yrs ago, seems irrelevant to today's crisis and how it is being handled. But, seriously, doesn't it appear that Obama spends in inordinate amount of time doing frivolous stuff? He is forever at ball games, concerts, social events, playing golf, etc. I understand he needs relief from the pressure of the job, but, really.

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