In the wake of the BP blowout, President Obama signed an executive order establishing America's first national ocean policy. The oil industry, which has generated a trillion dollars in offshore revenues since 1946, was not pleased.
I am back home from my second trip to Louisiana since the oil spill. This time I was joined by other professional athletes to take a tour of the massive environmental catastrophe that is the Gulf oil disaster.
If we don't start to feel more pain, outrage, and a need to sacrifice to make things better, then we'll have sold our lives and souls to corporate America and like all of our gadgets our battery life as a nation will running out.
Many of the complaints about Obama's coolness are fueled by a wish for a strong "Big Daddy," a protective figure who will somehow fix things and make us safe again. That kind of wish is largely unconscious.