Seriously, what was that? For a guy with such outstanding rhetorical skills, or so they say, that was just lame. Oh, I know. I'm biased; I can't stand him. But it was a lame speech. Sarah Palin on O'Reilly after the speech showed more fire and grit that Obama's prissy self.
The excessive use of military metaphors and phraseology, the dictatorial "BP will pay" and "I will demand" stuff was ineffective. That whole "man on the moon" thing was ridiculous. He said nothing at all about stopping the spill or how he was going to get that done. It's like he's just resigned to the fact that it's going to spew until that relief well is done in August. He talked about how this was the time to adopt green energy.
On CNN after the speech there was a focus group of Louisiana residents listening to the speech. They were not pleased with what they heard. They see their way of live ending. Over. One lady said she has worked on the back of a fishing boat for 30 years and she doesn't think there will ever be fishing out there again. She echoed the sentiments of most of the people in that room.
I don't think Obama said one thing to make that better.
Okay, that's my first thoughts. If I feel like it, I'll post something more insightful later, but probably not because everybody else will be.
I can't figure out why pundits are saying Obama will get a point or two bump out of this speech - I thought it was awful.
Text of the speech can be found here, if you were lucky enough to miss it.