Bloggers React To Obama's Oval Office Speech About the Gulf Oil Spill
"Half hearted." "Disappointed." "I wanted much more specific info." -- those were just some of the reactions being thrown around as the president wrapped up his 19-minute address to the nation -- his first from the Oval Office -- Tuesday night.
Ann Althouse wrote,
Well, that was a terrible speech! When it wasn't grim and dreary, it was grandiose. But the grandiosity was so vague... and half-hearted. Oh! The malaise!
don't mistake my disappointment with the speech as some diss of the President, or abandonment. It's not. He just didn't hit it tonight.
Editor's update: Karoli followed up her tweets with a post writing,
...I am now going to tell you why *I* should have written President Obama’s Oval Office speech.
In a nutshell, because he didn’t ask me to do anything.
If ever there was a golden opportunity to spur words to action, it was this speech.
I watched you speak tonight from the Oval Office and at the end felt such disappointment. I'm scared, Obama. And after watching your speech, I don't feel like any of questions were answered. Questions that I have been alternately worrying about and trying to forge.
Down to Earth Mama wrote,
Honestly, I liken this speech, as harsh as it might sound, to President Bush in the wake of 9/11 saying, "Go shopping." This is not what we need. We do not need the eloquence that was meant to appeal to our hopes.
There is energy legislation in Congress right now that needs the President's support, and he could have lent it here.
You can read the full transcript of the President's speech at WhiteHouse.gov.
Politics & News Contributing Editor Erin Kotecki Vest