Obama oil spill speech: 2,700 words of ... what? 

Red State's Mark Impomeni analyzed President Barack Obama's Tuesday night oil spill speech by breaking down how many words Obama dedicated to various points:

Obama spoke close to 2,700 words in his first Oval Office address, which can be separated into four broad themes: an update the oil spill and clean up efforts; the impact on the Gulf region; a history of regulatory ineffectiveness (Bush bashing); and the case for his “green energy” agenda.

Here is how the sections breakdown in words spoken on each:

• 345 words blaming Bush
• 418 words on the impact to Gulf region
• 778 words on the oil spill and cleanup efforts
• 863 words on Obama’s “green energy” agenda

The Washington Examiner editorial opined that even Obama's admirers and defenders had harsh words:

The thrill that Obamian rhetoric once sent up the leg of MSNBC commentator Chris Matthews is apparently gone. Obama's repeated references to Energy Secretary Steven Chu's Nobel Prize, Matthews said, now make him want to "barf." He compared Obama with former President Carter. Host Keith Olbermann, who normally wouldn't hesitate to lavish praise on Obama for coughing, was almost as blunt. "

It was a great speech if you were on another planet for the last 57 days," he said. Even Howard Fineman, a font of Washington conventional wisdom and a huge fan of the president, suggested that Obama wasn't acting like a commander in chief.

This editorial also noted Obama's slippery voting record before becoming President:

Now that a crisis is afoot, such hedging no longer helps Obama become all things to all men. Instead, it makes him appear unprepared. He is once again the state senator who voted "present" 130 times, and who on at least one occasion was present and near the Senate chamber but absented himself from a controversial vote.

The same day Obama spoke, a new poll from the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling found that 50 percent of Louisianans think Obama's response to the spill is poorer than his predecessor's response to Hurricane Katrina. The tainted, oily tide has turned on the inexperienced man whom Americans placed in the Oval Office based on hopes and dreams and nothing else.

Meanwhile, BP officials were allowed 20 minutes of the President's time at the White House to discuss a looming environmental disaster that grows nastier by the day. Twenty minutes! That's barely long enough for photo ops and introductions.

I concur with my fellow Examiner Opinion Zone contributor Bruce McQuain's assessment of Obama speech over at QandO:

If nothing else, this speech cemented in my mind what this President is – an administrator, not a leader. And in that position, that is not a good thing to be.

Where are this President's priorities? Where are his leadership skills? Where is the confidence usually instilled in those who look to a leader for guidance?

Watch the Republican ranks for a leader to emerge as this national emergency continues ... and it just may come from one of those Gulf states that have been most affected by this crisis.

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