This week, in Obama's Oval Office speech on the oil spill, he used the term "mission." That's the right word. It will take a purposeful commitment to a mission of change to truly respond to the epiphany in the Gulf.
Obama was slow to react to the disaster. Luckily for him, the disaster itself is happening in slow motion as well. It is definitely not too late for Obama to lead. He can still redeem himself and his image.
It is brutally shocking when our lives are falling apart and the rest of the world doesn't seem to notice. The first time I experienced this was when my husband was lying in a hospital bed fighting for his life.