Bloggers React To Obama's Oval Office Speech About the Gulf Oil Spill

BlogHer Original Post

"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.

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks after addressing the nation about the BP oil spill from the Oval Office of the White House in Washington June 15, 2010. Obama vowed on Tuesday to compel BP Plc to pay damages for its recklessness in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and sought to harness public outrage over the disaster into support for his bid to cut U.S. dependence on fossil fuels.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER POLITICS ENERGY BUSINESS IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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!

Karoli tweeted,

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.

Aerogirl said,

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.

Jaelithe tweeted,

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

Politics & News Contributing Editor Erin Kotecki Vest


In order to comment on, you'll need to be logged in. You'll be given the option to log in or create an account when you publish your comment. If you do not log in or create an account, your comment will not be displayed.