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Obama Oval Office Speech

Spirit of a President: Obama at Seven

Sharon O'Connell | Posted 12.11.2016 | Politics
Sharon O'Connell

Our president has done some exceptional legacy-building work, and, well, let's face it, he looks like a giant compared to some next-up candidates. Still, I think that he's never really been suited, psychologically or emotionally, for the presidency.

This Iraq Veteran says "Thank You, Mr. President"

Rob Diamond | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rob Diamond

President Obama has ended the war in Iraq in a way that has protected the honor and dignity of each and every American who did not come back.

On the Iraq Speech Tonight

Jon Soltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jon Soltz

The war in Iraq is not over. The president must make that clear tonight. Though planned combat operations are done, every single one of the 50,000 remaining troops is a combat troop.

Obama's Oil Speech Postmortem

Jerry Weissman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jerry Weissman

Thumbs Down, Thumbs Up In last week's post on Obama's Oval Office speech on the oil spill you read how Mike Allen, the Washington columnist the New Y...

Obama, the Oval Office, and Lots of Oil

Anushay Hossain | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Anushay Hossain

Someone should make sure the President and his advisers are listening to Rachel Maddow, and taking note. Because frankly Mr. President, the time has come to go beyond "kicking some ass".

The Shrimp Has Hit the Fan

Douglas Forbes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Douglas Forbes

Lots of folks are dissecting Obama's Oval Office speech and delivering diatribes on what's right and wrong with him and the oil world. So I figured I might as well join the fracas since it's the thing to do.

Jason Linkins

Obama Oil Spill Speech Criticized By CNN's Language Analyst For Not Being Moronic Enough [UPDATE] | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

CNN has talked to a "language analyst" who reported that Obama was too "professorial." To "connect" with Americans, Obama should have said: "OIL GO BOOM! ME NEED HELP FROM BIG BRAINS. I CALL THE CHU-MAN ON THE RINGY PHONE."

Rallying the Superstitious for the New Angel Plan!

Frank Dwyer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frank Dwyer

You believe in the efficacy of prayer? Then pray, baby, pray! (Just not to the Jesus of Cincinnati.)...

The Audacity of Impotence

Shan Wells | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Shan Wells


No Oscar for This Oval

Craig Crawford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Craig Crawford

Obama seems to view the presidency as all about big ideas that should not be cluttered by management issues like cleaning up an oil spill -- until political pressure forces him into the weeds.

Obama and the Oil Spill Speech

Jerry Weissman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jerry Weissman

William Shakespeare wrote, "To take arms against a sea of troubles and, by opposing, end them." Will Obama's calls to action end the troubles in the Gulf?

Obama's Missed Opportunity to Tell it Like it Is

Robert Reich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Reich

The man who electrified the nation with his speech at the Democratic National Convention of 2004 put it to sleep Tuesday night. President Obama's address to the nation from the Oval Office was, to be frank, vapid.

After Blasting BP In Oval Office Address, Obama Must Negotiate With Leaders At White House

Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Fresh from admonishing BP before the world, President Barack Obama now gets his moment with the oil company's leaders. It will be o...

What Obama Should Have Said: Two Truths And Three Actions

Richard Greener | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Greener

If President Obama can send our children and our treasure to war for Iraq and Afghanistan certainly we can expect him to fight for us right here on our own beachhead.

Jason Linkins

Obama's Oil Spill Speech: What Was The Point? | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

I am really not entirely sure what the point to this Oval Office address was! Were you looking for something that resembled a fully-realized action plan, describing a detailed approach to containment and clean up? Or perhaps a definitive statement, severing the command and control that BP has largely enjoyed, in favor of a structured, centralized federal response? Maybe you were looking for a roadmap-slash-timetable for putting America on a path to a clean energy future? Well, this speech was none of those things. Here's what we learned, instead: there was a huge oil spill, did you hear?

Obama's "Fireside Chat" (FDR or Jimmy Carter?)

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Obama's talk tonight was dominated by a technocratic laundry list of actions he plans to take. We've heard it all before. Obama should have made it clear tonight that the coddling of BP is over.