June 14th, 2010
05:03 PM ET

What should Pres. Obama say about oil spill in Oval Office address?


FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

While BP struggles to get control of the gulf oil spill, President Obama is going to try to get control of the story line.

Tomorrow night he will make his first address to the nation from the Oval Office since being inaugurated. The speech will follow a 2-day visit to the Gulf region nearly 60 days after the start of the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history.

The stakes for the president are high. It is his fourth trip to the region since the April 20th rig explosion; he continues to come under fire for being slow to respond.

The trip, the Oval Office address and his first face-to-face meeting with BP executives since the spill are all meant to show that the president in charge. The question is whether it's too late and whether the remainder of his presidency will be damaged as badly as the Gulf Coast – much the way George Bush's presidency was damaged by Katrina.

In the Oval Office speech tomorrow night, President Obama is expected to call for BP to create an escrow account reportedly in the amount of $20 billion to pay for damage claims to businesses and individuals whose lives have been destroyed by the spill.

He's also expected to call for an independent third party to handle the claims process.

The cries for Mr. Obama to step up have been getting louder. Democratic Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. recently called on the president to "level with the American people", use the crisis as a way to create jobs and "stop the blame game."

The spill has tested President Obama's leadership perhaps more than any other single event in his presidency.

Here’s my question to you: What do you want to hear from President Obama about the oil spill in tomorrow’s Oval Office address?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Most of all I would like to hear that the booms are working, skimming is working and the marine biologists can treat the estuaries, marshes and wetlands. And that they believe fish, animals and fauna will be able to reproduce and grow back to normal life ecosystems within 2 or 3 years.

He needs to lay the groundwork for a new energy policy in the U.S. Yes, this will include oil, but this is the perfect opportunity to sway public support for new clean energy sources, like solar, wind, and yes... nuclear. We can not have a green energy future without nuclear power.

Remo in Texas
Jack, The reality of it all is that he's blown it. He had the chance and responsibility to act 45 days earlier and he didn't. This is his defining style and these are his results.

A. in Baltimore
I'm not sure that there is anything he can say tomorrow that will make people feel any better. Obviously, the technology required to fix this issue needs to be greater than the one that created it, and sadly, it doesn't exist at present. Why no one is being tasked to create it, I'll never know. This is the country that has sent men to the moon!

Geoffrey in Lowell, Massachusetts
Just the facts. I think he has been telling the truth but the unvarnished truth is that BP was not prepared for this and did not take steps to prevent it… The government does not have all the answers. People who have been asking for small government need to consider what they wished for.

President Obama should explain to us again how he would meet with no precondition with Ahmadinejad. Then explain why it took nearly two months – and only after incredulity on the part of the citizenry – to meet with someone atop the ladder at BP.

It's a little late for talk. 56 days?

Filed under: Oil spill • President Obama
soundoff (302 Responses)
  1. andyz

    I'd like to hear our president announce his proposal for government subsidized gasoline prices bringing back the $.25/gallon gas prices; an initiative forcing industry to be totally accountable for the damage they do to our environment; ........ Sorry, I must ha ve been day dreaming.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:00 pm |
  2. Cullen Coogan

    I want the President to simply tell us the TRUTH! What are the honest odd's this relief well will work, if it doesn't, what are the other options? If the "other" options don't work ... then what? Don't pussy foot around! Just lay all the cards on the table and let the American public stomach the reality of this disaster.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:01 pm |
  3. Kevin

    I want him to not sound like he is in charge,but in fact be in charge. It's time the U.S. Government took over the clean up, we should be giving the orders in our country not BP. I want him to make clear that the Senate will not side with Oil industry (refusing to increase their liability from $75M to $10B ++) Threaten the seizure of their company to insure all claims will be paid, that the entire cost of the cleanup is covered by BP as well (for as many years as it takes) I'm sure I could go on and on but you get the general idea

    June 14, 2010 at 4:01 pm |
  4. Dennis

    Jack, it's simple, just tell all Americans, and the rest of the world for that matter,that this is why oil companies make billions of dollars in profit, to one day clean up a travesty of their own doing and just for the heck of it, remind us that ,in the end,big money does what big money wants.

    Dennis / Hartsville,TN.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:02 pm |
  5. Randy Leathers

    The cleanup fund should be made mandatory not optional. BP has been earning profits for years off the American Public and should pony up the money in installments before they can file for bankruptcy and stick the American taxpayers with the recovery costs.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:02 pm |
  6. Larry Auber

    I’m not sure what I want to hear, but I’m sure about what I don’t want to hear! A rehash of what has already been reported by the media. I consider myself a well-informed individual. I don’t need a presidential address recapping what I already know. That will be a waste of my time.

    Larry (Queens, New York)

    June 14, 2010 at 4:03 pm |
  7. Jeffrey Ralston, Columbus, Ohio

    Why hasn't the president declared this a national disaster? I'm hearing in the news that this complicates getting remuneration from BP. Aren't there additional laws/actions that congress could enact in order to nationalize this unprecedented disaster yet still obligate BP to "pay up?"

    June 14, 2010 at 4:03 pm |
  8. john leone

    Im sick of hearing about cleanups while the oil is still gushing. I want to know when is it going to stop!

    June 14, 2010 at 4:03 pm |
  9. mike

    He should say that the free markets should do the cleanup and that the gulf states GOP governors might need big government help with the crisis.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:03 pm |
  10. tungINcheek

    He should give Dick Cheney a call and ask for some tips... Tricky Dick couldn't do much worse. This is one of the worst Presidential performances in the history of this country and the press is just soft soaping it. Where is the rage that was thrown at Bush during Katrina now?

    June 14, 2010 at 4:09 pm |
  11. Jeff - Austin, TX

    It's time for the president to be very clear in his message to the American people. If BP and/or the British balk about doing the right thing, ethically, morally, financially, then let's freeze their US assets.
    It's time for us to play hardball.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:10 pm |
  12. Cj

    We need to get off all foreign oil ASAP. I would like him to pull the trigger and say we will get off in 3 years, give US (only) car companies incentives to make electric cars that are reliable and efficient. We need to take care of ourselves first.

    I would also like him to say he is going to ask all nations who recieved any aid from the US to send us donations in cash. Where is our help Israel, Taiwan, Europe, etc. Open up your pocket books and donate to the US. It is time you pull your weight!

    June 14, 2010 at 4:10 pm |
  13. Suzanne S.

    I'll answer this question with another question – what if the President doesn't tell us what we want to hear? Sometimes what we want to hear and what we need to hear are not one and the same.

    Suzanne S., Bear, Delaware

    June 14, 2010 at 4:10 pm |
  14. Ed Ruttledge

    We got into this situation because our insatiable appetite for petroleum creates a situation where too much wealth is transferred from "normal working people" to the mega-rich who own Big Oil. Therefore, I'd like to hear the President address the long term solutions... getting to a place where the quality of life of "normal working people" can be maintained without reliance on petroleum. It should become the moonshot agenda of our era.

    As a start, BP should be assessed a minimum of $20 Billion in penalties in addition to the $20 Billion for damages. The $20 Billion penalty fee should then be used for research and development of non-petroleum energy sources and workable non-petroleum transportation systems.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:10 pm |
  15. Ed O'Donnell

    We need perspective. The members and results of the Cheney Energy Policy Committee must be released. With right wing Republicans and the Tea Party nonsense yelling for less government involvement we need to ask "how's that working out fer ya." We need to know how we got to this horrible position .... no if's and's or but's. We need responsive government not Republican abdication.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:10 pm |
  16. Jim-TO


    The truth would be refreshing sans the political hyperbole.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:12 pm |
  17. howard

    I want to hear The President tell the American people first and foremost that BP and the government are committing all the resources in their toolbox at closing the spill as soon as humanly possible which includes cleanup. Clean up the MSS by reviewing, re regulating (as necessary) and ENFORCING oversight (for a change), and hold BP (with subs) and MSS officials personally responsible (including criminal charges) for substantiated safety violations, operations shortcuts and any other duplicitous industry shortfalls.

    It's time people start going to jail for playing the greed card. Although, given the financial depression, I guess it's just not in the cards.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:12 pm |
  18. Brad (New Jersey)

    He needs to make a clear case why the disaster proves we need more, not less, government. People always say Democrats are for big government. I disagree. We don't want government to be any bigger than is necessary for it to be effective. Republicans, on the other hand, are fine with an ineffective government. Of course that won't stop them from complaining that the government isn't doing enough when its their town drenched in oil, under water, wiped out by a tornado, etc.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:12 pm |
  19. CW

    Based on the long term effects at Valdez and the area and usuage of the gulf – will $20 billion be enough? There is still around 60 days of oil being spewed from the well. The President needs to make sure that BP pays if the cost exceeds $20 billion. Of course if the cost is less BP should get a refund.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:13 pm |
  20. Robert Jewett

    What I don't want to hear is more chest thumping about what our politicians are going to force BP to do. BP has not said they won't clean this up and they have not said they won't make people whole again. So why are our political leaders puffing themselves up with rhetoric about holding BP responsible? I would like to hear one politician say that they called BP to ask what our government can do to help them (the experts) solve this problem as quickly as possible.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:13 pm |
  21. Doug - Dallas

    I want to hear how they're going to clean it up, protect the people who are doing the cleaning, have BP pay for all the costs by not allowing them to file for bankruptcy, what controls are being put in place to prevent this from happening again and maybe a little kumbayah.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:14 pm |
  22. David from Herndon, VA

    I want to hear that a giant escrow account has been funded by BP. I also want to hear that we're going to triple our R&D investment into alternative energy.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:14 pm |
  23. John

    For starters, the truth about what's really going on with the spill and two, what he plans to do about it.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:15 pm |
  24. Fred in L.A.

    He should come clean and admit he and his administration failed the good people of the Gulf Coast. Maybe now he'll get off the campaign trail and start running the country in a responsible fiscal manner.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:15 pm |
  25. roger kabler

    Obama very well knows how to stir us up and mobilize us , his passion and intellegence got him elected .. He needs to put all his brilliance into a message that will bring faith to us , and a potent warning to B.P that Americans don't take this kind of thing lying down. We will restore these waters and the life they sustain.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:15 pm |
  26. Tina, Omaha, NE

    I agree 100% with Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr;
    Level with the American people and show some darn leadership! We are in a major crisis and don't "sugarcoat" this to us!

    June 14, 2010 at 4:15 pm |
  27. Linda

    What do I want him to say? Nothing. I would like to see him DO. BP is unable to take care of this. Stop talking start cleaning, and stop the oil. There is nothing to be said other that when he is finished BP will pay for the whole thing. His retoric is great, but not doing much of anything for anyone. It is time to stop talking.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:15 pm |
  28. Eric in Denver

    He should tell us that he is in way over his head and that being a community organizer is not beneficial in trying to run our country.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:16 pm |
  29. Kathie

    BP is under temporary receivership so they cannot file for any type of bankruptcy protection, no deals will be made, ALL costs now and future will be paid 100% by BP, criminal charges will be pursued against BP/Halliburtin and the corrupt persons at MMS and that CEO tony can "have his life back" AFTER the people of the gulf coast and the ecosystem are made whole again.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:16 pm |
  30. Jon O

    I think Obama should take the opportunity to tell the American people, point blank, that this is why the government needs more oversight with private industry,

    Of course, the government also failed to regulate as it was able to to begin with, so they failed us too.

    What do you do when the choice of who can save your butt is between the greedy idiot who allowed this to happen in the first place and the greedy idiot who allowed this to happen in the first place.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:16 pm |
  31. Gen Devries

    I would like to hear that he has ordered BP to destroy the well immediately instead of trying to save it. Almost two months has gone by and it's obvious that everything BP has tried is geared to saving the ability to collect the oil and save the well structure. This is outrageous.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:16 pm |
  32. John Baker

    The president must demonstrate that he is in charge of the situation. He must tell the nation, that while we strive to support business and energy development, that corporations will be held accountable for the environmental and economic damage of this catastrophe. He must inform the nation that this is not just a regional crisis affecting the gulf states, but a national crisis affecting all Americans. That a crisis of this magnitude requires this nation to work not only to clean up the gulf, but to re-examine our energy policy to reduce our dependency on oil.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:16 pm |
  33. Patrick (Denver)

    He should reassure us that BP is not delaying a fix for the leak in order to buy time to tap the oil via the relief well. It surprises me that such a significant oil & gas company could be so incompetant.

    I will be damned if I watch my family and friends in Pensacola lose everything they have worked for to have BP continue to make money of the very same oil well that ruined their lives.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:16 pm |
  34. RonC

    That the Laws are going to be changed to include more oversight and penalities for those that don't follow them. That, along with letting the Public know that he understands the situation and bringing in all Government Agencies to expedite the stoppage of gushing oil.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:17 pm |
  35. James

    As some one who grew up on the Gulf Coast, I want him to tell us that evrything will eventually be cleaned up and our children will be able to enjoy the beauty that I did.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:17 pm |
  36. j leb Canada

    Obama must tell the oil industry that the party is over and new
    tough regulations will be implemented. Obama must tell the oil industry ( like any large industry) that is not credible, not trustworthy,
    not able to adequately protect the American People, the environment and therefore must be watch every step of the way.

    No more believing in BIG OIL

    June 14, 2010 at 4:17 pm |
  37. fed up

    I don't want to hear anything from him. His domestic policy is now as big a disaster as his foreign policy, and we were all better off under Dubya.

    Since the Center for American Progress is running the oil spill response, he might as well have John Podesta address us and tell us what their next move will be.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:17 pm |
  38. jackie

    Here's the bill. Where's the check?

    June 14, 2010 at 4:17 pm |
  39. Adam from Virginia

    Nothing. I am tired of talk and half-steps. I could care less about blaming BP, as they are just going to litigate anything and everything they can – just like Exxon and the Valdez incident. I care more about actions. Let's see a "New Energy Deal", where we put people to work building this nation's next generation of advanced nuclear power plants, geothermal plants, advanced power transmission lines, and the like. If the president has the power to essentially invade countries and assasinate US citizens without congressional approval, why doesn't he have the power to write an executive order to use federal lands (like old military bases and such) for immediate energy infrastructure production?

    June 14, 2010 at 4:18 pm |
  40. Lynn

    Tell us exactly whats going on in the Gulf, that BP's american assets are being seized today. The Clean-up will be run by the Coast Guard, only Thad Allen is being replaced. All out of work fisherman and drill workers will be recieving weekly checks from BP's funds until the gulf is cleaned up. Dr. Ricky Ott will be monitoring workers health.
    BP's Solar plant will be reopened and expanded. Fishermen will be offered the opportunity to go to school and retrain at BP's expense.


    June 14, 2010 at 4:19 pm |
  41. Earle McEleen

    Why have we not imploded the well? We should have done that on day 2. Since there in no positve way to spin this nightmare, let's get people who need jobs to work to fix this. Where is the starting line?

    June 14, 2010 at 4:19 pm |
  42. Tommy Sullivan

    I supported the president and continue to grant him the benefit of the doubt; however that could change unless the following take place:

    1. Show a diagrammed timeline of what happened and what will happen.
    2. Show numerous independent scientific consultants nodding their heads in support of Obama's explanation for why things are taking so long
    3. Remind the U.S. that Obama extended his initial energy position to include support for offshore drilling at the behest of Republicans.
    4. Remind the U.S. that economical improvements require increased demand. The U.S. must therefore demand products that require onshore jobs formerly offshored. Oil is #1.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:20 pm |
  43. Ed (Boise, Id)

    I would like to know that this is front and center on his agenda. There is no short-term problem of higher importance than the wholesale desctruction of an entire ecosystem on American soil, especially by a foreign corporation with a known track record for poor safety. If energy "freedom" truly has meaning, then guarding against the destruction of the Gulf needs a short term priority and the end of oil dependence needs to be a long-term priority.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:20 pm |
  44. Will Fuller

    He should say he is mobilizing 100k unemployed workers to start a massive Gulf oil cleanup effort.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:20 pm |
  45. Bob

    I want everyone to stop blaming the President and focus on recovering from this disaster. Cool heads must prevail. BP needs to escrow enough money to cover all expenses and losses and then let's get to work. We will prevail as we have always done in the past but stop whining and get to work! The news shows have done enough damage already.

    Bob, Burlington, vermont

    June 14, 2010 at 4:20 pm |
  46. Heather

    How about the truth Jack? I know that's rather a foreign concept to Mr. Obama, just as it is to you and to CNN generally. But that's my advice.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:20 pm |
  47. Gabriel Valentine

    The President should tell the American people that he is going to ask congress to approve an emergency spending measure to fund the hiring of every able-bodied man and woman available to aid in the clean up effort, and that these people will be paid well, and paid promptly!

    The President should tell the American people that BP's interests are NOT the same as America's interests. He should tell the people that BP will no longer be allowed to set the pace of cleanup activities, or direct how those activities are conducted. He should tell the people that this new army of "government" employees (and related contractors) will be directly supervised by federal, state, and local authorities, whose mission is to protect the HEALTH AND SAFETY of the American people.

    He should tell the American people that once this is all settled and the effects of the spill have been 100% remedied, that we, the American people will send BP a bill for our collective services, and that if BP balks at paying, their assets will be seized, and they will be barred from ever again conducting business in American waters!

    June 14, 2010 at 4:20 pm |
  48. Joe in New Orleans

    I want him to know that the oily Pelican, shivering in its nest, is the face of deregulation, government corruption sponsored by Bush/Cheney and the false belief that corporations will do anything other than what's in their own best interest.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:21 pm |
  49. Brian

    Why should the President or any elected official say to the public? It should be BP on T.V. explaining the how's and why;s of this accident. ACCIDENT, not Obama's fault, but BP's responsibility. McCain=same results. We need responsibility not scapegoats and figureheads accepting blame for something they did not cause.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:21 pm |
  50. Terry - Cherry Hill, NJ

    The President should tell us the truth, this problem was created by BP and that BP should be held responsible for all claims. If this was the first incident that BP was involved in the public might be more forgiving. But when you think about the folks who lost their lives in the Texas City explosion (a BP facility) and the pipeline oil leak in Alaska (a BP pipeline) and now the deep water oil well disaster; it shows a clear pattern of unregulated shortcuts by BP and now the gulf coast states will have to deal with this issue for many years to come. BP earned $6 billion in Q1 2010 and I'm certain BP has money in the bank not to mention insurance policies to cover the damage by the oil in the gulf. This should not and cannot be compared Katrina (an act of GOD), this is leaking oil well; an act of greed!

    June 14, 2010 at 4:21 pm |
  51. Vic Munoz

    Stop the talk and do the walk. Talkers are not doers and doers are not talkers. If this was a nuclear war, US could already have been hit by 10 bombs and the President is still contemplating. Time to show some leadership and put all the government resources in stoping this disaster from spreading.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:21 pm |
  52. Patricia Lee Como

    When are we transitioning to clean energy that respects our environment, what is it going to take to get us there, and will America lead the world on this front?

    - awaiting the oil to tarnish our beaches in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    June 14, 2010 at 4:22 pm |
  53. Debbie Young

    Why aren't skimmer boats lined-up along the beach areas sucking up the oil before it reaches the beaches?? The way the beaches are currently being cleaned up is absolutely ridiculous.

    Give the State government the power to clean up their areas as they see fit with BP footing the bill.

    It's frustrating to keep hearing how much oil BP is collecting on a daily basis. They're more concerned about capturing oil and making a $$ than sealing that leak!

    June 14, 2010 at 4:23 pm |
  54. Robert

    Obama should give the details and numbers of additional support he has put into the spill clean-up effort todate, I understand the details are approximately: Vessels 5000, National Guard & civilians 25,500, etc. I also understand there is an additional contingent of National Guard to be deployed today. That he is forcing BP to establish an escrow account (in the billions) for payments to affected parties, etc. That in fact, Obama is taking more direct and effective action than the Fed did for the Exxon Valdeze incident.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:23 pm |
  55. Geoffrey in Lowell, MA

    Just the facts. I think he has been telling the truth but the unvarnished truth is that BP was not prepared for this and did not take steps to prevent it. Tony Haywoods "let's look at the bright side of life" approach is actually the thought process that lead to this mess. The government does not have all the answers. People who have been asking for small government need to consider what they wished for.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:23 pm |
  56. J West

    Raleigh NC He is the President I look to him for guidance, we are happy with him and his handeling of this and other situations .... Make sure you mention there is support out here for him, not all the people are asking the questions you seem to think they are or you say they should be...

    J West
    Raleigh NC

    June 14, 2010 at 4:24 pm |
  57. miki bowen

    jack, "What can he say? The government can't do "jack and everyone with any sense should know this. The technology is for private business as WE already understand. . this isn't a typical well. This is space age technology maybe even more difficult. Remember WE conservatives all want LESS government involvement in our lives, but when Sh*t hits the fan. . .who do they CAll. . . eh? . . prevention is 1000 times cheaper than correction & in this case maybe 1,000,000 time cheaper??

    June 14, 2010 at 4:24 pm |
  58. Michael West

    More complaining about a slow response and a test of leadership. The mark of good leder is to know when not to respond. Noit onlky that but the technology to manage something like this oil spill is very limited. Step up and do what? You don't like the response but you have no better ideas other than "do something." C'mon Cafferty, what is your solution? If you don't have one, then pipe down. Realize it is a bad situation with no simple fix and even the complex fix is going to work minimally.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:24 pm |
  59. Vance Logan

    Mr. Cafferty,

    I'd like Mr. Obama to tell me why we as a country would let any of this work get started without having these "relief" wells drilled first? Clearly the blowout preventor did not work and clearly there was not a secondary plan of action in place as everyone assumed it would not fail.

    Aside from lip service and more government reviews, what is he doing to ensure that this never happens again?

    From my seat in my living room, it appears BP is still trying to "capture" profits...not sealing the leak! Time to save the Gulf, what's left of it, and quit worrying about BP recouping their investment in the well.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:25 pm |
  60. katiec Pekin, IL

    What do you want him to say, Jack? There are experts from all over the world to try and figure out how to stop this diaster. Our government does not have the expertise, equipment or resources to take over. We are at the mercy of the oil companies as they are supposed to be the ones in the know..
    The loss of lives, the irreversible damage to our environment are all due to the greed of the oil companies, no regulations, no attention given to back up plans, safety. All involved in the cause of this diaster must be held accountable for every penney of destruction. And, even with that, much that has happened cannot be compensated with dollars or ever replaced. How can they ever compensate for that?
    We must make sure that this never happens again.. We must regulate, demand back up plans, no short cuts to save money, and safety measures be put into place before allowing drilling of this kind.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:25 pm |
  61. jonsie

    It's a little late for talk – 56 days? How about some action!

    June 14, 2010 at 4:25 pm |
  62. dan krause

    Here is what i would like to hear from the President:
    1. the severity of this oil spill is directly related to the absence of strong government controls. So all you clowns who have been complaining about "big government," well this is an example of what you get when you have insufficient government regulation and supervision.
    2. And to all those people who have been complaining about government hand-outs, and this includes Louisiana's governor, I don't want to see you standing in line with your hand out for government aid.
    3. And for all you citizens who are demanding action about the oil spill, if you drive a gas guzzler, or if you have been an advocate of the Sarah Pallin "Drill baby drill" school of energy use, then you really should keep your mouths shut.
    4. And finally, if this spill, and the impact it will have on all of us for the next generation isn't enough to convince you that we need to make some drastic changes in our national energy use patterns, then I don't know what will convince you;
    5. But to kick start this drastic change, I am sending to Congress a bill which will increase federal gas taxes by one dollar a gallon; half the proceeds of this tax will go towards deficit reduction and the other half will provide subsidies for alternative energy production, the kinds of subsidies that the oil companies have enjoyed for generations.

    And of course, I hope he concludes with, "God bless America and to hell with the oil companies."

    Jack, do you think I could get a job as a speech writer?

    Land=O-Lakes, Wisconsin

    June 14, 2010 at 4:25 pm |
  63. John Williams

    That he is going to place BP in receivership before they can go into bankruptcy.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:26 pm |
  64. Steven Carter, Colorado Springs, CO

    Maybe the truth for a change. He tell us how for years the oil industry as well as the coal, natural gas and nuclear industries have infiltrated every facet of government with their people and influence to the point that they now pretty much control everything. He could tell us how we, the American people, have allowed ourselves to be completely manipulated and used by the big energy cartels to be considered only as consumers of their dirty products. He could tell us how they have suppressed all competition from alternatives, renewables and advanced energy technologies to assure their continued monopoly. He could tell us how basically he is unable to make any substantial changes to our energy policies as long as we, the American public, sit back and continue to allow the energy barons to dictate policy and assure their continued dominance. He could say all this and then give us a clear plan to free ourselves from the slavery to oil, coal, gas and nuclear energy. He could then tell us that we need to elect honest American people who will represent our interests and not those of the big corporations. He could do all this. I'm not holding my breath.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:26 pm |
  65. Carrie Higby

    I have questions, most likely as mny others as to why it appeared that the goveerment was not involved in resolving this crisis immediately. But more importantly I think we have to move beyound that to a more constuctive place aand find out what the plan is regrding the oil that continues to spill into our gulf. Wht role will the goverment play and will they assure us that there WILL BE goverment oversight. Taking into consideration what has happened so far i do not trust that BP is capable of hadeling this alone. I would also like to know what is going to be done to save our coasts, our wildlife which is already suffering and dying en masse, and what is going to be done to compensate the fishermen an the many other industries directly effected by this man-made tragedy. lastly I would ask the President if he is still glad he had taken on this job and I hope his answer is yes. I still have hope.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:26 pm |
  66. Mary Wynne

    Why didn't he do all that he could to "contain" the oil before it got to shore? I understand that the law says that only union workers can work offshore, but this was a state of emergency and he could have waived that with the stroke of an executive office pen.

    This is all on BP's dime and it wouldn't have cost him a penny to have foreign companies with experience clean up the mess before it killed the ecosystems.

    And why doesn't he do it now to stop more ecosystems from being destroyed. The plan seems to be, just let it happen and then make BP clean it up. The problem with that plan is that the government is not watching to make sure that BP is doing anything. They leave as soon as the President does.


    Picayune, Ms.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:27 pm |
  67. Norm

    He should explain to the American people why he hasn't solved the problem.
    The oil is still gushing into the Gulf of Mexico and he is down there standing and smiling for the camera with political locals.
    American teams of engineers should design a containment device to be mounted on the riser that will stop all the oil from gushing. BP should be required to implement that plan.
    In the near future, a hurricane will likely arrive in the Gulf and the oil reaching shore will be greatly amplified. At that time, the President should be standing with the engineering teams who solved the problem, not just posing for pictures with influential tourists.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:27 pm |
  68. Pat

    Something people need to understand is that the Federal Government is not in the oil drilling business, so like it or not the solution for this problem is not going to come from Obama or the Federal Government. It will have to come from BP or another Oil Industry insider. What Obama and the Government CAN do is continue to put pressure on BP to take care of this as quickly as possible and to also fairly compensate all the people who have been effected by this spill. That should be the focus of Obama's message.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:28 pm |
  69. Paul

    The US should make an example of BP so this never happens again. The Romans would decimate BP; kill one out of every ten BP employees. Others would put Tony Hayward’s head on a pike as an example, but this is the twenty first century. BP must pay enough money so every oil producer will make sure they never cause a spill like this. Every bean counter will be able to do the simple cost benefit analysis, in which a big oil spill means no more beans, game over.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:28 pm |
  70. Gabriel Valentine

    The President should also tell the people that he will not tolerate BP's attempts to manipulate media coverage of this catastrophe by instructing clean up crews not to speak to the press, and by also restricting press access to oil-ravaged areas.

    Gabriel Valentine,
    Bismarck, ND

    June 14, 2010 at 4:28 pm |
  71. Jonathan Goldstein

    Mr. President:

    I fully support you and your Presidency, and I know that you are a very smart man who truly cares about the people. But, I simply don't understand why there are wetlands and beaches covered with oil, and no emergency workers on the scene. These areas need to be cleaned as soon as oil hits them, and yet every night on the news we see oily wetlands. No amount of resources is enough until the job is actually getting accomplished. Why are the relief workers so slow to respond? It's inexcusable.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:28 pm |
  72. Jon F - California

    Our deep dependence on oil has made us co-dependent with oil companies such as BP. We cannot harm them beyond a point without harming ourselves. We also have to admit that, at least for the moment, we cannot live without them.

    I should hope that President Obama is a bit level headed in dealing with BP instead of posturing himself politically. We have absolutely nothing to gain by forcing this company into financial ruin or bankruptcy – and a lot to lose. I don't condone the past and present actions of BP one bit. But we need to come to grips with our concurrent need for them as we ask them to pay for all the lost incomes and cleanup. If not, BP will pay – and so will we.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:29 pm |
  73. TYLER C.

    How about, "Uhhhhh, well I guess the jig is up. I am a giant bag of rhetoric spouting wind with no business being President." I think we deserve it.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:29 pm |
  74. Jeff A

    I'd like to hear the President say that he's going to let the people responsible (BP) take care of this as fast as possible offering whatever Federal assistance the experts need, with full reimbursment expected. In addition, Congress will stay out of this with their insane visits and unreasonable requests for information until this is resolved. By sticking their snouts into this and demanding answers now now NOW, Congress and the President will only slow the progress. BP understands this is their fault and they are losing money everyday. They will resolve this as soon as possible but are being hampered by Pelosi's goons.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:30 pm |
  75. Serge Crespy

    President Obama should tell the American People that British Petroleum has one week to completely seal the oil pipe; or, the United States Army takes over with good-old American know-how and determination and plugs the damn well !!!!!

    June 14, 2010 at 4:30 pm |
  76. Kathy Slaska

    We have heard that skimmers can help to reduce amount of oil getting to beaches/inland, etc. Then we have heard that there are skimmers sitting idly by because of the country the ships sail from. I have also heard that a variance can be issued to allow ships from other countries to help in this situation, yet both the press secretary and coast guard representative said last week no variances have been applied for. The question I have is, IS EVERY POSSIBLE SKIMMER BEING UTILIZED TO CAPTURE OIL TODAY AND IF NOT, WHY NOT. Have we requested other countries to send skimmers to assist as well?

    Thank you,

    June 14, 2010 at 4:30 pm |
  77. Chad H

    I would like to hear about his action plan to prosecute the individuals involved in the negligence of this disaster. Be it BP, Trans Ocean, MMS, or people in the last administration or the current one. Also it would be great if we hear that he’s buckling down and ACTUALLY regulating this industry and introducing REAL energy reform legislation.

    We keep playing roulette with our planet to save money for corporations in the short term. The U.S. needs to start thinking in a more futuristic manner again and innovate and manufacuring things. The energy industry could be a great way to get back on top with our economy.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:30 pm |
  78. Steven P

    President Obama should explain to us again how he would meet with no precondition with Ahmadinejad. Then explain why it took nearly two months – and only after incredulity on the part of the citizenry – to meet with someone atop the ladder at BP.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:31 pm |
  79. Greg

    This is environmental terrorism from a foreign company. BRITISH Petroleum must be held accountable.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:31 pm |
  80. Cheryl Ande

    First off he has to have a concret plan of action that will address the financial hardships of the Gulf and I don't just mean money. Get the shrimpboats out there help help block the oil and mobilize the community to clean the beaches and do whatever else is needed. People have to be able to do something besides sitting on the sidelines waiting for money. They must feel that they aren't helpless and they must be part of the solution. The kids are out school now – get them on beach let them earn money cleaning the beaches, helping the wildlife, etc. This will give the young people a great opportunity to help their communities in a way theuy will never forget.

    He also must make sure that BP pays for this disaster and he has to show righteous anger at BP, the government, and even himself. He sould not be afraid to shoulder his fair share of blame but he also should make sure everyone knows he has a real plan to improve the government and he has demonstrate that it is being implemented right now and for pete's sake he better not depend on some "bipartisan commission" for this because just another way of doing nothing. He has to really show he's in charge. American people a leader who is forceful but he has to right. Now is the time for the President to show steel.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:31 pm |
  81. robert

    He should basically tell it like it is. There is no solution, we will try our best to clean it up but that the gulf will be basically dead for generations. This is a result of our thirst for oil and it will certainly not be our last oil catastrophe. The baby boomer generation has known the risks for decades and has chosen to ignore it and take the easy way out like they always do…. …..let my grandkids worry about it………...now give me Medicare and social security…..the Baby Boomer Generation??????………..more the ME first generation

    June 14, 2010 at 4:31 pm |
  82. AGuest9

    I'm not sure that there is anything he can say tomorrow that will make people feel any better. Obviously, the technology required to fix this issue needs to be greater than the one that created it, and sadly, it doesn't exist at present. Why no one is being tasked to create it, I'll never know. This is the country that has sent men to the moon!
    People are making suggections,but no one is taking them seriously. Where is the Department of Energy? The National Science Foundation? Engineering graduates of Purdue, MIT, Stanford, Berkeley? The National Academy of Science? NASA – they have smart people who have nothing to do without shuttles to launch!

    Any policy changes need to reflect changes in the EPA inspections of deep wells. They need to be more independent. The inspections signed off on that well without a blowout preventor created the environment that allowed this disaster to take place, killing the men on that rig and creating the mess we see. The inspector(s) need to be jailed, along with those who bribed them. The government, environmentalists and scientists need to quit sitting on their hands.

    BP obviously can't do it alone (and they should have owned up to that up-front!)

    June 14, 2010 at 4:31 pm |
  83. Bill H.

    I would like to hear President Obama say we have seized the assests of BP. We will use they money to pay the cost of cleanup. Any money left over will be used to pay the National Debt. The BP shareholders get what they deserve – NOTHING.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:31 pm |
  84. tina

    First of All for you to quote Jesse Jackson is an insult. He was caught on a hot mic calling President Obama a racial slur. This president has been tested on every level and has also inherited major problems.. The question should be How is it it we had no one watching over therse oil companies. Drilling with no plan for a possible explosion........He is doing the best with a bad situation.........

    June 14, 2010 at 4:32 pm |
  85. Dan Schroeder

    I am sending an organizer to facilitate the efforts of the US Government, Private Enterprises and to create synergies for all of those willing to help from around the world. It is understood that this is really an international concern and therefore takes precedence over national concerns. It should and must be realized that we are all somewhat to blame as we push oil companies to the brink of production as we continue to fail in our efforts to develop and use alternative forms of energy and conserve what we have. Oil is risky business and the more we use the greater the risk as has been evidenced in the past. We need to look at ways of establishing greater conservation while we still increase our standard of living. Everything is related to something else and this is just a huge wake up call that we need to make some serious adjustments. We cannot continue to choose freedom with out accepting responsibility or we shall lose our freedom in it's entirety.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:33 pm |
  86. Jim Moore

    Laws and regulations need to be put in place that make these kinds of disasters as financially painful for the companies that caused them as they are painful for us and our planet. Maybe then companies will invest in the technologies and manpower necessary to prevent (or after the fact clean up) the mess.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:33 pm |
  87. Robert

    I think the President should use the moment to (for once in his presidency) stop the blame game. He claimed to college graduates recently that we should be responsible and take the blame for our own failures. Yet he has used all types of excuses to try to avoid his own wounded pride. Even today he was photographed eating an ice pop while tens of thousands of people in the gulf are jobless or sitting idle because of his actions or inaction.

    And btw, where are the environmentalists in the crowd? If this had been anyone other than the protomessiah, you would have been after their head. This oil spill is 10 times worse than the Valdez and we hear barely a peep. So much for the environment as long as this godlike president is drunk at the wheel.

    Why don't you give another speech with your teleprompter? It makes it so much believable when you just keep saying the same thing over and over again. Or should I say REREADING it over and over again and making hand gestures.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:33 pm |
  88. paul

    Just be patient, help is on the way. I am trying my best but I have no authority as a perisident. I have just delegated by duty to B.P and by efficient staffs. It is only 60 days, I am here until 2012. Then I will pass the baton to my republican colleague. Don't bother me with this small things any more, I have lots of impotant things to do. Midterm election is coming , I have to raise lots of money and I can only depends on corporation like B.P.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:33 pm |
  89. Jason

    The president should remind people that most of the Gulf beaches are untouched, and many fellow Americans depend on tourism for their livelihood.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:33 pm |
  90. Eric Schaeffer

    It's easy to blame the resulting disaster on corrupt corporate maneuvering or ineffective government oversight and response, and to be sure these are not insignificant factors, but like it or not every single one of us that consumes oil products has contributed to the issue at hand. Likewise, we all share the responsibility to make it right. I too groan under the weight of this new debt, one we hardly seem in a position to bear, but ultimately we have no one to blame but ourselves.

    I am truly sympathetic to the burden under which the Gulf inhabitants now suffer, but we must recognize that life is inherently dangerous and not every grievance we suffer entitles us to compensation. However, as a complicit party in this mess, I am offering to support BP's efforts by donating ten percent of my Social Security income to the escrow fund to aid in the recovery of the region.

    Among the shifting and oily sands of blame I see our government and the culpable corporations doing the best they can to make good on a terrible mistake. Many other nations have also graciously and generously offered to provide assistance, for which I am deeply appreciative. Mr. President, the only thing America wants to hear from you is the truth, and perhaps the only ass that remains unkicked is ours.

    Don't pander to us, lead us.

    Eric Schaeffer
    Fort Plain, NY

    June 14, 2010 at 4:34 pm |
  91. Jerome L. Wyant

    We'd like him to do everything in his power to save the gulf region and prevent further environmental damage. He has been agonizingly slow to respond.
    1. If there ever was a shovel ready project, this is it6. Don't wait on BP. Get competent environmental and industry leaders to the gulf and have them coordinate clean up efforts.
    2. Have coast guard/national guard build barriers to protect further seepage of oil and chemicals into marshes, etc.
    3. Arrange for an armada of skimmers, etc, to scoop up surface oil before it reaches the coast.
    4. Secure a contingency fund to reimburse businesses that fail but don't make caps provisional based on the long term effects of the spill.
    President Obama needs to show not tell the American public the extent of his concern.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:34 pm |
  92. Carl

    What do I want to hear from President Obama? The truth, for a change, would be refreshing. The truth about how his administration is responsible for at least some part of this disaster. The truth about how MMS failed in its responsibilities. The truth about why his administration approved BP's drilling plan with serious gaps in risk management and disaster response. The truth about how his administration has been derilict in its responsibility to prevent this disaster from escalating to the point that every bit of coastline from Galvaston TX to Morehead City, NC is potentially at risk as currents carry tens of millions of gallons of oil clockwise around the gulf and then up the US eastern seaboard. Yeah...the truth would be nice. Unfortunately, it will be too much to ask of this president.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:34 pm |
  93. J Moskovitz

    THE TRUTH. We should know what's really going on. Why hide the facts. I have a weird feeling we aren't hearing the TRUTH. Is the Sea Floor Compromised? What are the Chances the Bottom Kill will Work? What are the Best and Worst Case Scenarios? Are we allowing everyone one who can Help, Help Us? J Moskovitz, Orlando Florida

    June 14, 2010 at 4:35 pm |
  94. Barbara Anderson, Hagerstown, MD

    I want to hear him promise that who ever wants to help with the clean up will be allowed to do so providing they are allowed to wear protective gear. That he will follow the advice of the Mayors, Governors of each state that is affected as they all seem to know what is needed and required. I want apologies from the President about his lack of leadership throughout this whole mess. His inability to communicate with the BP top people before now, this should have happened when it first happened, not 6 weeks later. If he can't do the job as it should be done, then abdicate.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:35 pm |
  95. Jack - Lancaster, Ohio


    I want to hear him say that he will not waste thousands of gallons of jet fuel, representing who knows how many barrels of crude to fly air force ONE, and its spookey companion decoys to let the Gulf states knows he feels their pain or to say Yes, you folks are really damaged or to ask...how do you feel about the oil spill tragedy ? (that is the job of an onsite journalist). Finally, I will accept the will of the people and do what the people feel should be done...ask the audience !

    June 14, 2010 at 4:35 pm |
  96. Bob Melnik

    I will not listen to the presidents address, because I believe it will be more of the same. If I could speak to him, I would tell the president

    "I can't hear what he is saying because his actions speak louder than his words"
    I didn't vote for him, but his election made me proud to be an American. I had high hopes for him, but the those hopes have been dashed by his obvious incompetence, financial irresponsibility, failure to account for the will of the governed, inverted treatment of friends and foes, politically driven immigration policy and his ideologically driven redistribution of wealth. I have just given up on the man and hope we all can limit the damage he has done to our America.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:35 pm |
  97. paul

    Just be patient, help is on the way. I am trying my best but I have no authority as a perisident. I have just delegated by duty to B.P and by efficient staffs. It is only 60 days, I am here until 2012. Then I will pass the baton to my republican colleague. Don't bother me with this small things any more, I have lots of impotant things to do. Midterm election is coming , I have to raise lots of money and I can only depend on corporation like B.P.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:35 pm |
  98. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    That he is locating personnel in BP to monitor things directly and is asking for new ideas to be analyzed by DOI and EPA – along with the other ideas already submitted to BP.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:35 pm |
  99. Steve

    I think he should tell the nation that BP will be financially accountable thru an escrow type fund, and review the fact that there are resources available to the governors to ask for, and perhaps hire someone like a James Carville as an advocate/spokesperson to represent the people in the area. And ensure that whoever that person is, they have a straight forward path to the resources available

    June 14, 2010 at 4:36 pm |
  100. Gail, Plano TX

    What did u expect him to do, Jack? Pull a James Bond and stuff the spewing oil well with bubble gum? That only happens in movies.
    He is doing the best that he can in a no win situation. Whatever he says will not satisfy u nor the GOP. The media is hindering his ability to deal with the spill. U and CNN need to get a grip, Jack, and let the President do his job. I remember that u really liked him when he was campaigning. It's not too late. This situation will be resolved, trust me.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:36 pm |
  101. Wayne from Richmond, Virginia

    For once, I'd like to hear a politician stop blaming everyone else and take some action! Unlike the gov't takeovers of the automotive industry, the financial industry, and healthcare – the oil spill cleanup and management IS something the government should get involved in.

    To those who say the gov't should play no role in this – why do we have regulators whose sole purpose is to prevent the disaster that just occurred? It is true the president didn't cause the spill, but it seems the 1 thing he should be trying to take over – he's not!

    June 14, 2010 at 4:37 pm |
  102. David DiRienzo

    Begin by stating that the federal government is going to do what it should do – source the greatest minds and techinal expertise to get involved, to work together with BP, and focus on getting the leak controlled and plugged. The Fed's should remember "you don;t confuse efoorts for results".

    David DiRienzo
    Newport Beach, CA

    June 14, 2010 at 4:37 pm |
  103. KSHAW

    Obama should say... I'm not Superman !! this gulf spill will not be stopped until sometime in August.
    He should also require all the Drill Baby Drill folks to pay an additional 20% in taxes for that dumb idea.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:38 pm |
  104. Theresa in VA

    Perhaps he should say ...That this is our wake-up call and that it's not only a tragedy for the Gulf, but a tragedy for our planet. There is plenty of responsibility to go around, beginning in each and every home across America. While the focus of our oil consumption is typically on the gas pump, the greater part of our wasted petroleum usage can be seen in every home, from the plastic alarm clock we wake to in the morning, the plastic toothbrush we use on our teeth, the plastic containers that store our food, to the plastic trash bags that we fill up with expendable plastic items. Our throw-away society is throwing away one of the key opportunities we have to reduce our oil dependence every time we make the CHOICE not to recycle. Supply and demand not only fuels our dependence; it is this same demand that makes huge profits for the oil industry and ultimately creates an atmosphere where safety/cost cutting measures outweigh the risks. While BP and others bear the blame for their greed, we all share the blame for our own consumption and laziness in recycling.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:38 pm |
  105. maude

    So much for "drill here and drill now" bull. The President doesn't have solutions to all the havoc and chaos that co-operations and public at large commit. What matters is that he tries and that he is honest.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:38 pm |
  106. Ed from MD

    Somehow sooner or later I think we'll be hearing him saying "Go green, submit to Cap and trade, submit to global taxation" That's a big prize for the government, the global government.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:39 pm |
  107. pat in michigan

    That we wont let them hide behind a bunch of lawyers and politicians

    June 14, 2010 at 4:39 pm |
  108. kasson lunt

    just because his lips move does not mean the truth will come out.
    his repeated foto op trips do not equate to seeking solutions..
    the real effort must be done by "real oil people" not his phony cabinet drones..the whole country needs to be supportive of the oil industry
    within whom lies the answer.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:39 pm |
  109. Sean

    Woodbury, MN
    Obama needs to outline his plan then answer tough questions from actual residents in the gulf as well as the press...not hide behind a teleprompter.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:39 pm |
  110. Kim

    Everyone keeps telling Obama to "do something," but no one says exactly what they want him to do.

    What is Obama NOT doing that he COULD be doing that would actually make things better?

    June 14, 2010 at 4:40 pm |
  111. Dan ( Centerville, Ohio )

    I would expect nothing but the most intelligent assessment of the crisis in the Gulf and how the government can help. This President is careful to respond in a respectful manner to the people of the Gulf region. The President may offer some concrete solutions to clean up efforts for now and in the future. Maybe his speech will unite the people of the United States against this terrible catastrophe.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:40 pm |
  112. lyle

    Tell the people the truth. This is a situation which will take years to fix. He should tell the people he will continue to keep pressure on BP, Halibuton and any of company involved to get this under control and push for a complete clean up.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:40 pm |
  113. Tom Mytoocents Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    My question are as follows.
    1. How much have you cleaned and where? (provide detailed map of location as well as who is credited the cleaning and total cost for that area).
    2. When will all the the oil be removed from the Gulf Regions. Were looking at years of cleaning, so what year plus or minus a year. Maybe 2012?
    3. What steps will be taken to seize control of your Cabinet and Administration. The American people are concerned about the similarities between the Bush Financial Crisis and The Obama BP Oil Disaster. Particularly the SEC, Treasury Dept and Department of Interior. MMS. Both the Treasury and the Interior have been acuused of dereliction of duty while down loading porn. America is concerned and confused as to the depth of the failure spreading through out government.
    4. Are they downloading porn at the Pentagon? If so explain. If you don't know you should be impeached.
    5. We need detailed cost information published weekly on money spent for government supported Military and Civilians Assitance for cleanup.
    6. Is there a terrorist conspiracy cell working in the Treasury or Department of Interior or just a group of greedy incompetant fools in charge.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:40 pm |
  114. joe

    This is exactly what happens when people get caught up in the CHANGE game, and it's the same old politics as usual. Nothing has changed except the fact that Barry don't have the experience to be in the white house,or handle a major crisis such as this. Someone had better step up to the plate and get something done soon before it's to late, and we all have to eat 10w40 coated seafood!!!

    June 14, 2010 at 4:41 pm |
  115. Stewart J. Hudson

    That the politics of energy in America have changed forever. That politics is usual is unacceptable. That he will convene the nation's Governors and Congressional leaders and create a national energy framework to make us economically secure; environmentally secure; and less dependent on foreign sources of energy. That to honor the people of the Gulf he will personally lead these efforts, act on legislation adopted by Congress by the end of this summer, and issue an interim progress report to the American people to commemorate July 4th, Independence Day, 2010.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:41 pm |
  116. A. Harris

    Since President Obama is handling this crisis the best way any of us could in his position, I would just like him to reiterate what he has been saying all along which is that he has, is, and will continue to hold BP and any other applicable entity or person's responsible for the disaster they have caused. Also, I would like to see him outline what steps he has been taking and will continue to take to ensure he accomplishes this goal.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:41 pm |
  117. Sean

    I want to hear how we can assured this never happens again and how this area will be cleaned up. The blame game does not accomplish anything. The oil has been spilling into the Gulf for 60 days with not an end in sight. Additionally, I would like for news reporters and Republicans to cease the comparisons of Hurrican Katrina and Gulf Oil Spill. These two are in NO WAY similar. The former was a natural disaster with warning and human life imminently in danger. The Gulf spill, although tragic did not have imminent danger of additional human death.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:41 pm |
  118. S Callahan

    He can beging by telling WHO owns BP (not just US investors)..being specific....why it is critical to find a solution...who is working on a real solution....(anyone think of doing a codom (sp) like ballon at least to stabalize the flow until a real solution comes by). Does government have a 'real' role in this and if so how? (please don't tell me the US Govt is now going to take over off shore drilling). If man can't find a solution..as a leader..why does he ask for the nation to pray.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:41 pm |
  119. Marc

    Apparently BP took some short-cuts and blew it, BUT so did the government inspectors who were getting paid to inspect and monitor the project. The blame and responibility lies equally with BP and the government inspectors.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:42 pm |
  120. S Callahan

    He can beging by telling WHO owns BP (not just US investors)..being specific....why it is critical to find a solution...who is working on a real solution....(anyone think of doing a codom (sp) like ballon at least to stabalize the flow until a real solution comes by). Does government have a 'real' role in this and if so how? (please don't tell me the US Govt is now going to take over off shore drilling). If man can't find a solution..as a leader..why not ask for the nation to pray to God himself , it can't hurt, and may surprise you if it helps.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:42 pm |
  121. Me

    I want to hear him say that BP is not the only one being investigated. I want to hear him mention TransOcean and Halliburton.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:42 pm |
  122. Ani Jimenez

    I'd like to hear from President Obama that this is an opportunity for us to get off our oil addiction and promote cleaner energy use. I want incentives for private enterprises who can develop solar and wind power for the masses. I live in FL and solar power is barely promoted and very expensive to the middle class. I know that we have smart engineers around the country who can figure this out. Stop holding back on new energy sources!!

    June 14, 2010 at 4:43 pm |
  123. Joseph

    I want to hear exactly what THE PEOPLE wanted to hear from BUSH when the Hurrican Katrina disaster occured. I want to hear why he wasn't prepared, Bush couldn't have expect the damage that occured in Katrina, but for our President OBama who was all for the offshore drilling, did you not expect any consequences?? Were you not prepared for the risk?????

    It's like a fisherman going out to fish but not preparing his but for it, eventually it will sink.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:43 pm |
  124. Jennifer

    All the government seems to be doing is pointing fingers and talking about who will pay for it. Who knows what BP is doing. For now, everyone should be cooperating and FIXING the problem and worry about the money later. There are many "outsiders" brainstorming on how to clean up the oil, and thousands of Americans willing to volunteer, but no one seems to be leading the charge. Obama needs to put all of our resources into cleaning up this mess if he wants to show that he's a leader.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:43 pm |
  125. Philana Miles

    I think Obama needs to tell the nation that BP is "fired" and they are bringing in outside help from other companies and consulting firms to do the job right. BP has had 60 days to figure this out. It is obvious they are illequiped and incompetent. They can't do the job – so we are bringing in people who can.

    Consultants from Canada and Norway, Shell, Conoco-Phillips, Chevron, and Exxon all have equipment. There needs to be a coordinated, collaborative effort. Given Obama's background as a community organizer – he should be able to figure this out!

    Personally, I can't believe we are still letting BP lead this clean up effort. They were the ones who got us into this in the first place because they were cutting corners and not doing the job. Why did anyone think that their approach to a clean up effort would be any different?

    June 14, 2010 at 4:43 pm |
  126. Tony

    I want to hear and see some leadership. He's doing great at beating up BP legally and financially – just like a good lawyer. But what the Gulf Coast people and this country needs is some good ole fashioned leadership – and definitely not the type of leadership taught in Ivy League law schools. We want decisive action – not political correctness by where we let the oil destroy a way of life because we do not want to offend unions or because of some 80 year old law. But most of all, we want to know that our President truly feels the pain of those Americans that are in the middle of this catastrophe. And listen up Mr. President – when you are with them and when you make speeches – the people of the Gulf know immediately if your are sincere and actually care about their plight. Ask any military man, truly caring about your people is one the most important keys to leadership. I know that is on-the-job training, but the President must gert this – and fast.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:44 pm |
  127. Catie

    What I dont want to hear is this: 'Well if the last administration did their job then....." or " I'm gonna kick some ass at BP's corporate office...." I dont want to hear the lawyer/blame anyone and everyone Obama, I want to hear the President Obama. I want to hear " I am calling everyone I can think of who has expertise in oil rigs and clean up." Obama, theres plenty of time for lawsuits!

    June 14, 2010 at 4:45 pm |
  128. Lynn

    I just hope he has a plan for when, not if, but when BP files bankrupcy to keep from paying all of the people, cities, counties and states that this disaster has affected.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:45 pm |
  129. Earl

    i would like to know if a president has ever shut down an entire industry because of the mistake of one company in that industry? especially after the panel that he assembled to study the incident said they were not in favor of said shut down of the industry.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:46 pm |
  130. Jon

    I'm trying to determine the use of presidential power to force BP to develop a new plan essentially overnight which pretty much insures that it will be laden with errors and therefore useless. A similar situation informs the "demand" that BP set up an escrow account to reimburse damages before all of the damages are known. I am therefore left with the notion that the reason Obama is running around like a chicken with his head cut off to prove that he is in control, and proving just the opposite, is to try to shore up his ever falling approval numbers and thus his chance at winning another term. The very idea that scrawny, 95 pound weakling Barak is going to kick anybody's ass just puts the icing on the cake. A president who was sure of himself would not be making threats and demands against a multinational corporation just so he would have something to say during his Oval Office press conference.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:46 pm |
  131. Carly

    I would like to know why it has taken the government so long to respond, two months. What is the current plan to stop the spill, and what is the backup plan. Why aren't we asking other countries to help out. It sounds like they are willing and have equipment that would help.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:47 pm |
  132. Patrick - Kaneohe, HI

    The truth from the President would be quite appreciated by the American people. I personally do not care who is going to be targeting whom in the courtroom. I would rather hear exactly how the Fed will be working with BP to clean up the mess, we can worry about who to blame later on. This is like trying to find out who the drunk driver was in a 10 car pile up before we transport anyone to the hospital.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:48 pm |
  133. AGuest9

    I'm not sure that there is anything he can say tomorrow that will make people feel any better. Obviously, the technology required to fix this issue needs to be greater than the one that created it, and sadly, it doesn't exist at present. Why no one is being tasked to create it, I'll never know. This is the country that has sent men to the moon!

    People are making suggestions, but no one is taking them seriously. Where is the Department of Energy? The National Science Foundation? Engineering graduates of Purdue, MIT, Stanford, Berkeley? The National Academy of Science? NASA – they have smart people who have nothing to do without shuttles to launch!

    Any policy changes need to reflect changes in the EPA inspections of deep wells. They need to be more independent. The inspections signed off on that well without a blowout preventor created the environment that allowed this disaster to take place, killing the men on that rig and creating the mess we see. The inspector(s) need to be jailed, along with those who bribed them. The government, environmentalists and scientists need to quit sitting on their hands.

    BP obviously can't do it alone (and they should have owned up to that up-front!)

    June 14, 2010 at 4:48 pm |
  134. Ken in NC

    I want to hear him say that as much as he regrets his actions, he will act first in the best interest of the United States and it's citizens just as BP is acting in a manner that it considers in it's best interest. I want to hear him say that while some pension holders in Britain and the USA wil be hurt, he is not the one causing this pain. The actions of BP leading up and after the explosion of the Oil rig are the reasons for his actions to work first for what is in the best interest of the people of the United States.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:48 pm |
  135. douglas

    When will the leak end. BP seems more interested in recovering oil than stopping the leak.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:49 pm |
  136. susan murphy

    I think the President needs to level with the American people and tell them that the government does NOT have a FIX for this massive oil spill. WE actually are depending totally on BP to have the solution. The government never did have a solution nor will it!!!!!! If BP goes bankrupt or gives up there is no government agency that can fix this. Be honest with the American people! Very scarey......

    June 14, 2010 at 4:49 pm |
  137. david

    I would like to hear why the president did not on day one if not week one issue and executive order granting the governers of the states involved a blanket weaver of enviromental regs for the duration of the emergency? Also why did he not on week one or two order the call-up/nationalization/movement of logistical(fuel)/engineer units(construction) of the reserves/national guard/active duty forces in the south east to stem the flow/help in clean up/provide supplies/ensure supply/key personal movement? Third when the flow rate (week two and three) was going up why did he not waive the Jones act restrictions to allow foriegn help in skimming? Finally why did he not Order Fleet support ships (oilers/tankers/container ships/ amphib command ships) from Norfolk and San Diego to help with skimming and/or storage of recovered oil, while ordering hulks from the Philly Decommonishing yard and the hulls from the shipyard in MS to anchor containment lines and stablize booms? Thank you for your time

    June 14, 2010 at 4:49 pm |
  138. Paul In Dallas, TX

    I want to hear that BP has finally stopped the oil flow.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:49 pm |
  139. Lois (Marietta, Ga)

    Use this disaster as an OPPORTUNITY! Let's invest in alternate methods of generating energy. Wind farms, nucular energy, tax rebates for installing solar in your home, investments in alternate energy.

    We need to get off of our dependence on foreign oil. The Middle East countries are loaded with both money and terrorists. My mother always told me to solve a problem......"follow the money and strangle the source".

    June 14, 2010 at 4:50 pm |
  140. Paul DiCesare

    He needs to lay the groundwork for a new energy policy in the US. Yes, this will include oil, but this is the perfect opportunity to sway public support for new clean energy sources, like solar, wind, and yes... nuclear. We can not have a green energy future without nuclear power.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:50 pm |
  141. Serge Crespy

    President Obama should tell the American People that British Petroleum has one week to completely seal the oil-pipe, or, The United States Army will plug the damn well !!!

    June 14, 2010 at 4:51 pm |
  142. Karen Miller

    I would like to hear the President say that this Govt will work side by side with BP to secure all resources, work quickly through red tape to give states the resources they need. We know that the fault lies with BP and that they will pay all costs. We get that. NOW IS THE TIME FOR THIS GOVT & BP TO ACT TOGETHER. Get these booms and other equipment to the states. Protect our wetlands as best we can. This govt has been totally inept in dealing w/this crisis. Their mantra has been to blame BP. In the meantime, this oil is infiltering our shores, beaches & marshes. This govt has relied too much on BP to do the clean-up. It is our states and our waters that need protecting and this govt needs to be proactive in this regard. There will be time later for blame, payments, etc. With Obama at the helm, God help us all. His rheortic during the campaign may have been grand, but he is not a leader, in any sense of the word. Those that had such high hopes must be thoroughly disappointed in his inaction in this crisis situation. Jindal for President–now, there's a true leader.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:52 pm |
  143. Rich

    I want to hear some concrete actions he intends on taking. I have never heard anyone who is such a great speaker to listen to, but, he never really says anything that leads to any real action. It's all fluff.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:52 pm |
  144. Arp Schnitger

    What do I want to hear? That he's not going to be a chump and take the heat for eight horrible years of Bush-era environmental mismanagement and outright collusion with the oil barons. That he's recognized that issue will make me feel much better.

    From Brandon, MS

    June 14, 2010 at 4:54 pm |
  145. southernbell

    He should be looking at how to stop the dang thing, not how much money he can get the southern coast people. Where is his priority?
    With making money like all the others. STOP the oil leak 1st then worry how you are going to recoup losses.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:55 pm |
  146. ED

    Cancel the speech and stay down there with Governor Jindal and BP
    and figure out a way to stop the leak! There has to be technology out there somewhere in the world that can stop the flow of oil !!!! Pointing fingers solves nothing! Stop the flow and blame later!

    June 14, 2010 at 4:55 pm |
  147. Pete Perry

    I want to hear him say someone is truly in charge starting right now. Why does the media keep saying that many are blaming him for not stopping the leak? The media is missing the big point. No one that I know with half a brain blames President Obama personally for the leak . The big point is a huge lack of leadership on doing all possible to stop contamination on the beaches and estuaries. In otherwords, the lack of prepartion on the shore that should have been in place weeks ago. It's constant catch up now. People hired are working hard to clean up oil on the shore, but it's been disorganized and underfunded helter skelter from day one. This is war.

    Pete Perry

    Eufaula, AL.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  148. John @ Tulsa, ok

    Here's what I would like to hear Obama say:

    What the heck to you people want ? Six months ago you wanted me to stay completely away from business' and leave them alone. You said that a business could best handle their affairs alone and without government intervention and regulation. Now that BP has screwed up suddenly you want ME to fix this business's problem? Make up your mind! What do want?

    June 14, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  149. Dan

    What do I want to hear? I want to hear the obvious, that the oil has stopped flowing. Obama continues to tell the American public that although he wields a lot of power as President, that he does not have the authority nor expertise to stop the leak. But what he does have is the power to force BP to defer to the world’s greatest scientists and engineers. In other words, take the ultimate decision making power away from BP, and allow the worlds brightest scientists and engineers to call the shots (as part of a Presidentially-appointed emergency task force), with BP taking the back seat (but still involved as on-site advisors). The fact that the entire fate of the Gulf rests on the shoulders of one foreign company (whose personal financial interests appear to outweigh any environmental concerns), is highly troubling. Nothing can comfort the American public until the leak has stopped, nothing. While accountability and victim compensation are important, they are secondary to the main issues at hand, which is to stop the leak (and to clean up the mess before it gets any worse).

    June 14, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  150. Michael Armstrong Sr. Tx.

    I want to hear him say that he has recruted more scientist to tap this oil gusher and that he is going to give the coastal people the money they need and send B.P. the bill as always the president takes too long to make decisions hurricane season is here and those people dont have time for slow reflects it took over a year for health care and the storms are brewing in the Atlantic with one possible already in the Gulf .

    June 14, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  151. Robert W. North Carolina

    It seems to me that whatever he says will be designed to calm people down and reassure them that BP will not get off Scott free from paying for this accident. It's all been said before so I do not expect anything new. I would hope he will tell the truth about the fact that the government is not withholding secret deep water oil well sealing devices and really everything prudent that can be done is being done. Maybe he will mention the fact that boycotting BP could put them out of business and then who would pay for the clean up? People need to realize now even though they did not realize it when Bush was in office that the president is not God and the president can only do so much. I think people believe too many comic books and they think president means superman. Is it fair to hold Bush or Obama or even superman responsibility for something they cannot control?

    June 14, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  152. Charles DiGisco, Randolph, NJ

    I want our President to say that he has ordered full deployment of all active and reserve, armed forces from all branches and dispatch them to the Gulf immediately as this is a matter of National Security. Our US shoreline and the economy that serves it is under attack.

    Our President should committ that BP employees and managers living and working in the Gulf Region will report for work to clean the Gulf and bordering beaches.

    Where is General Honore when we need him?

    June 14, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  153. ramses

    Look accident happened. It was neglegence on the part of one person , BP or whoever and was not intentional. BP has the resources to fix it. Don't cry, don't bad mouth anybody. BP will fix it & pay for all the damages. Let's move on. This is the best way out.

    June 14, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  154. John

    I, as president, did not fully appreciate the magnitude of the problem for 12 days. I really don't know what to do. Any and all ideas are welcome. Help me please!!!

    June 14, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  155. Cap

    He will tell what he has done since journalists just talk about how presidential he looks. When he talks, you complain that he doesn't do anything. When he takes a tremendous amount of action, you complain that he isn't talking and looking presidential.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
  156. Johnathan


    It won't matter what Obama does or doesn't. He's Damned if he does, damned if he doesn't.

    Like the british media is discovering about the political environment here, the rightie loonies, are a sad part of the political process, and they just make noise about anything, such as:

    Man, it's raining outside and i was going to ride my bike for exercise –
    Damn you, Obama!!!

    June 14, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
  157. Jann in Denver


    I'm most interested in hearing the plan BP has for the clean up and further containment of the spill. Wheather it will be the truth or not will remain to be seen.

    I can tell you what I DON't want to hear... I don't want to hear is the Press disecting every nuance of Obama's voice, or interpretation of his non-verbals. I don't want to hear the Press screaming about how the President should get into a wet suit, swim through the oil and stop the leak himself. I don't want to hear the big mouths at CNN yelling into the camara that Obama needs to shed some tears or stomp his feet in order to satisfy the publics i.e the media's lust for drama.

    The media needs to shut up already with the critizism of every move this man makes.

    Just give me the facts without of the editorial. Thats what I want to hear. ..nothing more; nothing less.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
  158. Amy Joyce

    I voted for CHANGE. If this isn't the moment, I don't know what is. I would love to hear President Obama set out his vision for bold new energy policies and stricter environmental regulations that would take this country in a smart, new direction and save our environment. We cannot stay on this path. These rich companies are destroying the world.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
  159. Shandon

    I would like to hear that the President will not allow BP to tie up the victims of their negligence in court until they run out of money or the will to keep fighting as oil companies have done in past spills.

    Then I am hoping to hear him say that government workers charged with overseeing these activities will no longer look the other way and will force big oil companies to prove that 1) their equipment is safe and 2) they have a plan and the means to correct a problem in a worst case scenario before they are allowed to drill.

    To hell with "no government intervention!. They are the first to be blamed when big business goes awry.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
  160. Nikole P

    Albq Nm

    I think he should of course strees the concern on the obvios but also state that if BP does not step up, that our Government wills tep up and try to figure out what we can do instead of pointing fingures.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  161. EE Wiese

    I would like to hear that the Gusher has been capped.,but most of all I would like to hear that the booms are working,skiming is working and the marine biologists can treat the estuaries,marshes and wet lands,and they believe fish,animals and fauna will be able to reproduce and grow back to normal life ecosystems,within 2 or 3 years. Gene

    June 14, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  162. Willice Law-Jackson

    I'd like to know that our President and Congress will finally realize the American people want a GREENER economy. We have no choice, unless all their heads are stuck, uh, in the oil-streaked sand of the Gulf. And we are watching to see who's paid off, if not. What will it take before we finally acknowledge our own responsibility in this mess? If we refuse to live in a greener way, we can't say it's someone else's fault!

    June 14, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  163. Gerald Greene

    The truth would be nice, Jack, but it is unlikely to come from President Obama or any politician or BP executive.

    Some oil industry experts believe that the casing of the wild oil well has been damaged about 1,000 feet down and that there are multiple leaks gushing oil into the Gulf. If that is true we are totally screwed. Obama and BP would know this and if it is true should level with the American people. However, I wouldn't count on it. They would probably feel we can't handle the truth and they are likely right.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  164. Dave C.

    My questions to the President are:

    1. When will the oil leak be stopped?

    2. Who is responsible for the cleanup?

    3. How will BP make amends for this disaster?

    June 14, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  165. Bob in Tampa, Fl

    Jack, pretty much what he has said right along. He fully understands the personal and financial damage being done, the Govt has fully mobilized the response, the situation will be resolved and all the responsible parties will bear the cost. He may have to drag Cheney out of his bunker, to get one of the responsible parties to pony up. However, I don't think he needs to jump up and down and pound his shoe on the desk, to get the point across.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  166. Jeff Violi

    Is there a criminal case being prepared to prosecute BP and the related sub contractors? Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  167. Bob

    You've asked the question & I'll give an honest answer, although I'm certain we'll never hear this from our current administration. I want an apology, an admission from this president that he has completely botched the handling of this crisis. He quickly sent lawyers there, and crucified BP, when he should have sent his assistance in getting the oil leak stopped. First things first.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  168. Christopher Boscarello

    My question is if oil prices raised prior to this incident as it did, why does it seem they are stable now and in some cases lower? How is this possible after BP has lost MILLIONS of gallons? It makes me think it's more of a game and about money than the truth.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  169. David Coatsworth, Los Angeles

    The President should acknowledge that we have entered an era of absolutes – we have pushed the boundaries of oil drilling to the point of mass destruction just as we have tapped out the resources of governments around the world to solve our financial problems.
    While the human imagination is limitless, our abilities to solve megaproblems are, for now, limited. Consider these disasters as wake up calls for us to reconsider and recalibrate and to build our future on this new reality.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  170. Bruce

    He should say:
    All skimmers in this hemisphere will be put into action today.
    The oil eating microbes that are stored in warehouses will be utilized now.
    All booms will be mannned constantly and set up correctly for a change.
    The public will be informed that it is not possible to cap a gusher that is pushing 20,000 to 70,000 psi, and that the well casing way below the ocean bottom is cracked and leaking and this can NOT be stopped with conventional tech.
    Also, Kevin Costners device shall be implemented without delay.
    BP will no longer have authority to arrest those asking questions or taking pictures.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  171. Greg Pettus

    To quote the President, "I(we) are not interested in words, I(we) are interested in actions". Enough with the talk, talk, talk. Can this man

    June 14, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  172. Dennis north Carolina

    1) The actual cause of the oil spill ? I do not think we know or that we are being told the truth by Bp and the government has not got control of the crime scene. it is a crime scene not a accident.
    2) stop the leak and clean up the gulf.
    3)tell the truth
    4) hold those responsible legally..

    June 14, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  173. Jane

    I want him to tell me that he's leaving office voluntarily. If a republican pres. was in office, he would have been run out of office a long time ago. How dare he go to the Gulf in business attire. I'd like to see him in jeans working to do something other than critcize everyone else. Also, he should be inviting anyone with a valid idea for cleaning this mess to the White House or to meetings with BP.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  174. Bob Kobs

    Obama should say whatever he wants. He is the POTUS, you moron!

    June 14, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  175. Solomon Wasserman, Pres. of Elamirus Co.

    My company has made numerous proposals on how to stop the oil spill and aid in the clean up efforts. One or two of my proposals are similar to what was already proposed by someone else. Others are still being checked for thier technical merits – which seems to be a rubber stamp response.
    Is that what the Deepwater Horizon response Team considers a response? We do not feel that the Response Team is sincerly examining proposals made weeks and months ago.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  176. Mike

    Obama is not the issue here. In fact, the less he says, the better it will be for him. All I want to hear is that BP has stopped the leak, and an hosnest assessment of the damage. I could never figure why people are pointing fingers at Obama for this, any more than I could with Bush and Katrina. Our government and the people of the country were and remain unprepared for anything that might disrupt our gifted lives. So, keep driving your car and living in natural disaster areas.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  177. Gary

    As President, I am declaring a state of national emergency on our entire Southern border. From San Diego to Key West, this nation is experiencing both an ecological and social disaster which is impacting both the economic and security interests if the United States of America. Therefore, and by my authority as President, I am mobilizing all necessary natoinal resources to remedy this sistuation and establish stability to our South.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  178. Walter Rasmsey

    The citizens of this country have more and more come to abhor regulation by government ; particularly the Federal Government, of themselves, of Industries, of anything that can moderate our freedoms. Yet, when those freedoms lead to catastrophe we expect our governing bodies to reconcile the situation and clean up the mess.

    I expect President Obama will do his best with the agencies of government at his command to effectively control the damages created by this private industry. it is sad commentary to note that both President Bush and now President Obama have to engage government regulatory agencies that have been limited in enforcement over the years in our quest for freedom to correct the affects that have resulted.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  179. Kevin McMahon U.S. Marine Veteran

    We the American People will be effected by this disaster. Yet, we as a nation must come together and take care of our United States of America. From coast to coast, and border to border, we the people of the United Sates must help our nation, our people, our livelihoods. Stop rebuilding other countries when we the United Sates are in so much need.
    1. Set up a non-profit fund for the people affected by this disaster and I will donate, as long as the money is given out as fast as it is received.
    2. To the American People, go south and show your support even if it’s to eat at the local diner.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  180. stephanie ochoa

    I want to hear the President say that the government constantly neglects to enforce current regulations and is also responsible.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  181. Lance, Ridgecrest, Ca

    Jack, what I would like to hear from the President is that he is providing every possible assistance to BP in their struggle to stop the flow of the oil. I would like to hear him admit that we are dependent on BP to stop the leak, and the government is concentrating on controling/cleaning up the oil already out there, which is where they can really supply expertise. What I DON"T want to hear is the whinning, crying, poor mouthing that comes out of people like James Carvell, who seems to think everyone is letting the disaster just get worse because no one "cares" about the gulf.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  182. Cam

    1. The Crisis. Although this is man-made, think about this as a natural disaster like a volcano. We need to help the people in the Gulf in any way we can. As much as we helped Haiti during their crisis, we need to help the Gulf people.

    2. Cool or no cool.
    It does not matter if this is Reagan, Bush #1 or Bush #2 or Clinton. Nobody can stop this oil leak as it stands.
    Crying will not help.
    Remember Sully the pilot who glided the plane down Hudson river with dead engines? He stayed calm, collected and got through the crisis.
    During a moment of crisis, you WANT a cool president. Other than the 11 workers killed during the blast of the rig, noone is dying now (not like Katrina with people dying every day and Bush's response was pathetic).
    So stay calm and help with solutions.

    3. We as a nation, stand together through this cirsis!

    4. Develop independent deep-sea technology so the Gov can be prepared for another similar disater. Better be prepared than never.

    5. And Yes, Lois is right, go for alternative energy such as solar. Slowly get out of oil!

    June 14, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  183. Denise from Phoenixville, PA

    He should say:
    (1) For all who say my response was too slow to the Gulf spill, what exactly would have changed if the government had moved more quickly? Would less oil have spilled? Would the lying wonders at BP have told us the truth sooner?

    (2) For all who say I should have met with the president of BP sooner, I ask, what would that have changed? Would less oil have spilled? Would the president of BP have told us the truth sooner?

    (3) For those who say this is 'Obama's Katrina," I say, get a clue. This is a man-made disaster exacerbated by the deception and lies of BP.

    (4) To the Brits I say don't take this personally. This is about a corporate failure, not a British people's failure.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  184. Hardik Shah

    BP is 100% responsible for this oil spill disaster. I expect Obama to support and push BP to clean up the beach, and stop Oil leak. BP should be charged for all the damages to loss of business. If they know to dig into ocean to make Oil, they should be ready will all precautions as well.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  185. Christopher Boscarello

    I meant to refer to gas prices in a previous statement. Why is the cost going down or remaining stable? If the oil that has been lost here, and millions of it, how can gas prices remain where they are? If the prices do go up this is a result from BP and this incident, so how will they cover the cost of higher gas prices to the American people? Why not at this point stop BP all together and invest more money into other resources of energy?

    June 14, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  186. Lyn

    I expect to hear him say that BP is going to pay for everything and anything that BP has caused.
    Noone has had the problems he has had to deal with.
    I feel so sorry for our President. He has tried so hard to make our country better and what support has anyone given him.
    They don't like him because he is black, because his mother gave him the name Hussian when he was born, because he is very intelligent, because he has a very nice manor etc.
    If only the ones running him down were half as good a person it would be great. All they know is to run him down, call him names, which make them seem more stupid.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  187. Jeff In Minnesota

    How about a call to action to get out oil addiction off our back? I heard someone today suggest that the President needs to have a "Kennedy" moment ala the challenge of going to the moon. The President should tell us that before this decade is out, we must be independent of oil. It will not be easy and a lot of people will have to go through some radical change in their lives, but imagine what a lead we would have on the rest of the world.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  188. Jim Brennan ,Township of Washington, NJ

    Jack, we would all like the truth, However, the truth goes back to Bush, Cheney and many others who allowed this to happen. Mr. Obama will not play that game. He will, however, use this as a way to further clean energy. He will also make sure that all victims of this disaster will be
    compensated. He will also use everything in his power to clean up this
    mess. Fact is, no matter what anyone says, he's trying. He knows he can't fail. Let's stop making him the fall-guy and start cleaning up the problem.
    Then move on to all the other problems this country is facing.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  189. Kim S. Dodge City, Ks.

    What I would like to hear and what I'm probably going to hear are two different things. I would like to hear that the President is going to get off of his cerebral butt and ban these guys from our shores.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  190. Siara Delyn

    I'd like details on the MMS, it's "culture of corruption" and specifics about when a transparent investigation is going to begin.

    I'd like assurance that BP is not withholding data (eg-why did it take so long for the highresolution video to be released? How can we be sure that isn't happening with other crucial data?))

    June 14, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  191. chloe jeffries

    The United States will be using whatever means it deems necessary to clean up the oil leak disaster in the Gulf of Mexico and bill BP–for all costs related to the clean-up, and will file a class-action lawsuit on belhalf of all businesses and employees who suffered losses of income directly related to Bp's oil leak. –Burbank, CA

    June 14, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  192. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    The only reason we use oil in 2010, with all the available technology that has been around for a decade, is Wall Street and human greed.

    I want to hear the President say that capitalism has changed and that Wall Street is banished. That all the money spent and the trillions in planned spending on oil, coal, and nuclear energy will now be spent where it should, on renewable and the other forms of non-polluting energy.

    Then he can say how this will provide every American who can and wants to work will be able to.

    We can blame BP, we can blame Obama, we can blame whoever we like, but first we must blame ourselves for being reluctant to change our way of life.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  193. John D

    The establishment of a fund to pay for damages to gulf coast
    fishermen and charterboat owners/employees.
    Regulations consistent with the risk of deepwater drilling.
    Oversight similar to the Nuclear Regulatory Agency and/or the FAA.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:13 pm |

    He needs to announce he is seizing the US-based assets of BP to make sure that the people in our country never get stuck holding the bag! Maybe it's something the US does not do but come on! They have wrecked our Gulf!

    June 14, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  195. John from San Antonio

    What I would like to hear is the truth. Ain't gonna happen!!! Government and big corporations are nothing more than con games run by the cream of the crop con artists and we will continue suffering the consequences for as long as takes to complete the conversion to one world corporate government.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  196. Mark Isaacs

    I'd like to hear the president explain why he has continuously grossly underestimated the volume of oil leaking from the well. He has stuck with 1,000 barrels/day and 5,000 barrels/day estimates long after expert analyses of videos concluded that at least 40,000 barrels/day were leaking. Could it be that the president hoped to suppress the real figure? If so, we have another Watergate-style scandal on our hands, or should I say Deepwatergate?

    June 14, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  197. runswithbeer

    The BP well is dumping crude at a rate of at least 2 Barrels a Second. Pay attention to the math here folks: 2 Barrels a second times 60 seconds times 60 minutes times 24 hours equals 172,800 BARRELS A DAY. I am retired from the O&G Business. To get 2 Barrels a second out of a huge 21" pipe the velocity has to be about 5.6 feet per second or roughly what your garden hose puts out. Folks crude it coming out of the pipe at a huge rate. Closer to 15-20 feet per second and is compressed to huge pressures. . I have no idea what BP is doing at the moment but this well can be killed from the BOTTOM by latching on to the DRILL STEM which is inside the Riser and forcing Mud down to the bottom thru the DRILL STEM. I have submitted Sketches to everyone I can find to get this done only to be told my proposal is under review. It's time to move folks.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  198. Tom, Avon, Me, The Heart of Democracy

    It is time once again for America to recognize that many corporations are addicted to maximizing the bottom line and that they will kill to do so. Because Big Oil, Banks, etc.. exist on the same planet that they would ultimately destroy, for their own good, government must oversee their behavior and rehabilitation. Even Republicans must bury the folly of deregulation once and for all.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  199. Katy

    I just want him to be himself, and not pander to all the talking heads that do anything but report.

    Seattle, WA

    June 14, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  200. Linda in Arizona

    Put the local people in charge of the claims. Make sure it's at least 20 billion. And then resign.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  201. A Matter of Opinion

    I want the President to issue an arrest warrant for Tony Hayward and I want the United States government to declare war against BP. Seize all assets and liquidate as needed to pay for this crime against the environment and humanity.

    But before any of this is said or done. Please for the love of christ, blow up the damn well.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  202. Beth

    The TRUTH

    June 14, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  203. Annexian

    I want to hear that he's going to seize BP ala "Viva Chavez"!

    Take the entire company, every asset, all the personal monies and property of not only the CEO and top brass, but that of partner companies AND their family and children. If RICO and "Charter Revokal" are not sufficient, abusing the "Patriot Act" is. The president can declare "Economic Terrorism by grotesque negligence and wanton disregard for society and life itself" and automatically seize the said properties.

    Have the company ran by the government. Fully obey the laws, and provide gas at cost + 10%, the 10% to pay for the ongoing economic damage that will ravage the south and have aftershocks into America unless far FAR more money than $20 billion is put into it. Without having to pay for $billions in investor dividends and some CEOs 16th mansion or 26th yacht, this is easy.

    And the other companies, and investors, quake with fear for that they will be next if they "Screw up" -or- if they are accused of 'sabotaging' the economy by closing more plants, moving jobs overseas, etc. Let Obama's reign become a "Decade of H-ll" for them. And I mean "Decade", the president could easily call any lobbyist an "Enemy Combatant" and empty capitol hill of their bribes.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  204. Brian

    I really could care less about what the president would say. What I really want to hear is the media not trivializing this problem and stop sensationalizing it and forcing the president to play some forced empathy. You should take a cue from your sunday colleague Fareed Zakaria and get some sanity. No amount of political rage or empathy will fix this problem.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  205. Michael Dominici

    First of all, I want President Obama to stand tall and announce that this is priority #1 for his administration and deploy every resource available to capture as much of the oil as possible. I also want him to firmly denounce the use of any chemicals that could further harm the environment. We don't need bad ideas chasing bad situations and creating an even greater disaster down the line.
    Second, I want him to immediately demand $20 to 30 billion dollars from BP to make whole the communities and lives affected. This should not be administrated or distributed by BP but, by the U.S. government much live FEMA claims. If BP goes bankrupt in the process, who cares! If they can't handle their business they shouldn't BE in business.
    Next, because of the magnitude and expense of this and other potential oil related disasters, the international oil community should create an international fund to deal with all such accidents in the future. Every company involved in the business should contribute and every company should have the equipment and wherewithal to address such emergencies in the future. This isn't BP's problem alone, it's an entire industry's problem.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  206. Lee

    I want the President to stick to his guns he is doing the best he can. I think the Republicans are trying to destroy his reputation by their constant commentary that President Obama is not doing his best.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  207. Jeff, Washington, DC

    President Obama should apologize for the delay in requesting equipment and resouces from our neighbors and allies. There is no angle on this; the delay was a serious mistake for his administration.

    If applicable, he should also admit that he was slow to react because he thought this was a localized "red state" problem. With oil reaching the shores of Florida, he needs to put his political hat back on and show his clenched jaw more frequently.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  208. LS in Illinois

    For starters, I would like to hear him say that he's fired every moron who ever asked for an environmental impact statement before allowing Louisiana to begin work on protective measures that would have kept the oil out of the marshes and off the beaches.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  209. Michael in Phoenix

    Arrest warrants should be issued for the BP executives. All assets should be frozen until this is over. He should do something besides making speeches. Every resource we have should be thrown at this then reimbursed by BP.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  210. Anon


    I think it is time we hear the truth. I would like to hear O'bama admit he is severely underqualified for the job and overwhelmed by the challenges facing the nation. I would like to see him admit it is time he steps aside to let more experienced hands take over...oh wait, those hands might be worse!

    June 14, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  211. CJ

    The truth...what you would expect from the first truthful President in recent history.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  212. John in Santa Cruz, California

    Mr. Obama should say that as vigorously as he will insist that the gulf be cleaned up, to too will he clean up the teeming cesspools of a Congress for hire, and oversight administrators sickeningly under the influence of Corporate bribery.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  213. Joanne H., Mississippi

    Jack, let's try something really unique... Mr. President, just tell us the truth!

    June 14, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  214. sandra seltzer

    I'd like to hear that all the displaced workers from the oil rigs, fishing fleets, and coastal establishments are going to be retrained and transitioned into the new gulf coast industry...green energy...if any region needs redevelopment and job creation...this is it!

    June 14, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  215. Donald L

    Obama needs to admit that the Federal government cannot fix all problems. He needs to humble himself and apologize for making people think there was a quick fix. There is not. The results will last a long time. It will take a combination of non-profits, businesses (esp BP) and all levels of government to help those who have been harmed.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  216. thomas hartshorn

    You don't get it, Jack. Obama has to walk a fine line to keep BP in the game. Let them file bankruptcy or try some other maneuver to escape through the courts and guess who ends up with the tab? Obama knows the score, but so does BP. I'm sure the language off camera is much stronger than in front of the public. Give the guy a break. He didn't cause the problem, but is the best we've got to get it fixed.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  217. Rade Musulin

    If the American people want to blame someone for the oil mess in the Gulf, how about starting with a look in the mirror? The American people have consistenly refused to face reality in terms of the foolishness of our oil addiction, which degrades the enviornment, fuels huge trade deficits, drags us into military quagmires like Iraq, and hurts our economy. The President should come out forcefully and tell the people the truth, "kick the habit". A good place to start is imposing a gasoline tax, using the same strategy that has been successful in helping to kick our nicotine habit by raising the price of cigarettes.

    Rade Musulin
    Sydney, Australia

    June 14, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  218. Kimberly

    I want him to answer basically three things:

    1. What his plan is to clean this mess up?

    2. How we are going to regulate safety procedures so this doesn't happen again?

    3. How is he planning on parlaying this into job creation in the middle of so much job loss?

    We need a game plan!


    June 14, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  219. David, Long Island

    When the USSR took an edge in space research JFK reacted by rallying the American people to take the lead when it came to space exploration and scientific research by putting a man on the moon by the end of the decade. President Obama now has a clear example of the dangers our current energy policy and he should use this opportunity to rally the American people to move our nation off of oil and dirty energy sources by the end of this decade.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  220. Mark Isaacs

    I'd like to hear the president explain why he has continuously grossly underestimated the volume of oil leaking from the well. He has stuck with 1,000 barrels/day and 5,000 barrels/day estimates long after expert analyses of videos concluded that at least 40,000 barrels/day were leaking. Could it be that the president hoped to suppress the real figure? If so, we have another Watergate-style scandal on our hands. Maybe this one should be called Deepwatergate?

    Mark Isaacs
    Las Vegas, Nevada

    June 14, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  221. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Americans need to know these oil companies have been polluting the water and soil in other countries for years without being held accountable to cleanup, but not this time. They have a practice of placing a monetary value on their damages but that won't solve the problem as long as we are oil dependent and they continue drilling.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  222. Kieth Wagner

    I want to hear a promise from the president that absolutly no taxpayer monies will be used to clean up after BP mess.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  223. Ralph Spyer

    Put a one dollar tax per gallon , raise the miles per gallon on every truck,car,boat,and SUV sold in the U.S. Americans want jobs but shop at Wall mart were most of their merchandise is made in China; BP will just go under .as long as their is money to be made they will drill.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  224. Craig in Illinois

    Jack he should say "Where's the Tea Party at?"
    Then he should tell the British, "Get your wallets out and pay for all of your damages to this country".
    Finally he should tell the residents of the Gulf Coast "The British are coming! The British are coming! Just don't expect much in return".

    June 14, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  225. Howard Sanders

    While fishernen in LA and gulf coast residents and property owners suffer tremendous loss as a result of the "turd" that BP laid, the entire country enjoys gas prices about a buck lower than they would be but for the spill – Gas was under $1.50 between the election and swearing in; hmm – Obama was more feared before he was president – now we know what to expect . . . . inaction!

    June 14, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  226. Barry G. Wick

    The President should tell the country that he has ordered BP to stop protecting the oil and saving the well to protecting the coast and saving the economy of America's south. Then there should be a public execution in the Rose Garden of BP executives....by dumping tons of oil soaked dead birds, fish and mammals on top of them.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  227. Karen

    Jack, it sounds as if the American public will only be satisfied when President Obama promises to outfit himself in a pressurize scuba suit and dive down to stop the oil himself. What is the man supposed to do? He is not screaming and yelling because it's not his style. He is working to get money to those whose lives have been destroyed and that's what we want him focused upon.
    Kare, Glendale, AZ

    June 14, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  228. Drew Washington DC

    While spectulators have been critical about the President's reaction to the spill, we have to remember that this was an accident, an accident that took the lives of hard working Americans. Sure departments like MMS, Homeland Security, and the Dept. of the Interior may have been late reacting to the spill but this is an unprecedented situation. British Petroleum has been more than willing to pay the money back to Gulf workers but it takes time, the President, BP, and the national government have taken scrutiny that is undeserved.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  229. Kevin Kinsel

    Time to start drilling closer to shore, where if there is an "accident", we can fix it. If we had dilithium chrystals, we would have WARP drive. If we could put repairmen 5000ft underwater, we can drill safely at the depth of Deepwater Horizon.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  230. Herb

    If BP agrees to put money into an escrow account for future claims, it will be interest bearing, providing more money for the executives. Even if an independent group is established to resolve the claims, we're talking about years and years before there is full compensation.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  231. Bob East

    He should us the truth. Clean up cannot effectively begin until the leak is plugged.
    He should tell us that htere are plan under investigation for the most effective way to clean up the mess wihtout just throwing money out there to make it look good.
    He should tell us that since we have found that many of the fishermen of the region have never filed tax returns on any level, that we will be investigating the indystry for racketeering ( a agreed upon illegal activity to avoid paymentof proper taxes) and tax invasion and that arrests will be made of not only the fishing industry participants but of the local, state and federal officails that turned a blind eye to this practice.
    He should tell us its time to stop whining and to start pitching in to help with our problems and emergencies. It can't' be both ways- only government when you want it does not work.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  232. Paul Blain

    I'd ask , BP. says their collecting about 25 percent of the oil coming from the top of the well head, why not collect 100 percent of that oil coming off the top of that BOP valve, this must happen now.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  233. Lee

    Jack, what I want to hear President Obama say is to urge all Americans to turn off CNN when you are on asking your lame brain questions.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  234. Fahiim

    I really don't know what to do but I do know what to say.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  235. Linda in Arizona

    Why HASN'T he ever given a speech from the Oval Office? I wrote him a year ago repeatedly to stop his absurd town hall campaign meetings and act like a president. Give speeches from the Oval Office. Reagan did. Bush did. What the hell is wrong with Obama? He is so clueless as to be useless. I wish we had Hillary in there instead. Biden is an even bigger idiot than Obama.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:20 pm |

    Jack; No matter what pres. Obama says,The rep. will twist it around to make it look like it's his fault. People are not like when I was young. I feel sorry for the young people growing up today.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  237. Ron in Sequim, WA

    I want to hear him take ownership & apologize for a tepid response. Hold both industry & government accountable – this is a shared failure. Don’t shirk responsibility nor allow others to do so.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  238. Denise--New Orleans, LA

    I have lost confidence in this President. He cannot defend the drilling moratorium on the basis that it is the best thing for the region and the country. A blanket moratorium will result in more American jobs lost as rigs move to other locations and will reduce domestic reserves, long term, thus increasing oil prices–to the benefit of the OPEC. Also, if he is going to negotiate a $20 billion settlement with BP, he needs to undersatnd that damages will be capped at that amount and the American taxpayers will pick up the rest of the tab. Will those funds come from the printing presses at the US Mint?
    If the goal is safety, go back to MMS records and shut down those rigs with outstanding violations. Inspect them first and allow drilling to resume only if they pass inspection; then move on to re-inspect the remaining rigs.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  239. Jim Klizas

    All I want to hear is that the leak has been stopped, then what is the cleanup plan and timetable. Finger pointing and name calling won't work. Use our best minds to solve this current problem.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  240. L Wilken

    Mr. Obama seems to think that the ONLY way to solve a problem is to throw money at it and it will be fixed. ie Auto Industry, Banks, Health CAre etc etc etc... Now the GULF Coast. We dont want to hear about a $20 billion dollar escrow acct. WE want to know how he is LEADING the way to STOP the leak and clean up our Precious GUlf Coast.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  241. hugh harper

    I hope he tells the news media to help the disaster communication network and stop acting like a pack of wolves trying to extract a pound of flesh

    June 14, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  242. MacFab From Nacogdoches, Texas

    What I wanna hear? That Jack Cafferty a strong support of Tea Party has gone away. You are always asking question that is negative to this administration. I guess you are interested in one thing. That Obama is dead politically. Jack, American is smart than that, this is an ancident caused by BP.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  243. ralph mahnke

    Come on Jack, the media is getting out of hand on this. With the Alaska spill , the president was not blamed constantly. Let us if you want blame the real people that took the regulations off drilling. the safety valves , what other countries do to protect their people. How about some media on that. Then I might listen to your crap.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  244. Vince ryan

    I hope the President tells the people that we have destiny in our own hands. We need to cut our oil consumption down. Look around 95% percent of the cars have one person occupying them. I still wonder why Haliburton isn't getting any press and what deals did VP Cheney make? Where are you "DICK!"

    June 14, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  245. Dan in Seattle

    Jack, like so many, many Americans I only want Pres. Obama to tell us the TRUTH. WE (you & me and "Joe" down the street), have a right to know the TRUTH. Don't sugar coat it. This is OUR lives we are talking about. We will not panic. Rather we will use to this rekindle what made America America. If you don't sir, America is in for some very dark days ...
    Thank you Mr. President

    June 14, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  246. John Robert Ellis

    Tell me little. Show me what will prevent Louisiana from being destroyed.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  247. Steve

    I want the President to say he will find out why BP did not use an extra backup system called the Acoustic Switch, which is operated by sonar and might have prevented this. Other countries such as Brazil and Norway mandate that offfshore rigs there have this device.This device was even advised to be used initally by the MMS agency, until they let BP off the hook and did not mandate they use it. I want him to also say the people at MMS and BP who are responsible for this will be going to prison.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  248. L.A.Ward

    I'd like to hear him say WHO is in charge. Not a committee or Commission but WHO is in charge, with virtually "Martial Law Authority to approve expenditures. How much "Stimulus" money is immediately being channeled to ensure clean-up is done and that we'll worry about BP paying back later. How he's going to free us from foriegn oil if we don't produce any ourselves and an oil free energy supply is 20 years in the future.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  249. Dawn

    I would Like Obama to be Transparent about how the gas prices will be effected by the amount of money that BP is shelling out fixing the Gulf.... You see they will want their profits back, will Obama guarantee us that we won't pay for this disaster??? we are paying already.. Help us out Obama. Dangit Dawn Wants to Know

    June 14, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  250. David A Whitaker

    Jack first of all President Obama, has a lot on his plate right now. So make sure that the people that are effected are compensated within a short period of time.Increase the amount of people cleaning up the mashes and beaches.Increase the safety on all of the oil well, make the Government agencies more responsible in their regulations. Fight for te Americans people as though it was his own family.People will continue to complain becuse they have been hert.


    June 14, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  251. becky

    I want to here Mr. Obama admit that he made a mistake by not starting on clean up of the oil the day after the disaster, anything else is just to appease the public and make us think he is doing his job.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  252. anthony kordich

    Afternoon Jack..... Nothing should be said about the oil spill tomorrow the nation shouldn't be told what the president wants done.. he should sit down with BP CEO and Develop a plan of action with BP then address the nation. We need plan of action not more demands and false promises.
    saugerties ny

    June 14, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  253. Don

    I want hear the president say " I waited Too Long" I want him to say " We are not going to depend on BP to clean up this mess, We will take the initiative" I really just want the president to explain why he thought it was acceptable to wait 40 + days to get "Furious"

    Please get us some answers.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  254. Mitch Dworkin - Dallas, Texas

    Unfortunately I do not think that it really matters what President Obama says about the oil spill in tomorrow's Oval Office address because he is not respected or feared by most people such as members of Congress, Generals in the military, and certain world leaders. Just like "Doubting Thomas," I will only believe something about the BP oil crisis when I actually see it happen!

    June 14, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  255. Jeff

    He needs to say alot and he probably will. The problem I have is he's said alot in the past ( all the way back to campaigning ) and I haven't been able to believe anything up to now, so I'm sure it'll all be for T.V again.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  256. John Moore

    He should say that this is a failure of engineering and management and only engineers and managers can fix it. I would like to hear him say that BP will no longer be allowed to drill or operate within the United States.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  257. Charlie Gay

    The president should require BP to shut off all feeder wells that are pushing the oil to the surface which will decrease the pressure on the damaged pipe. This will give time to fix the broken pipe. It may cost BP a little now, but nothing compared to what it is costing the Gulf Coast now. The livelihood of a lot of people has been destroyed along with wetlands and animal life that will take years to recover. Get tough!

    Charlie Gay
    Garfield, GA

    June 14, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  258. Sebastian

    The President should tell the truth and reassure the American people that he is doing everything possible to help resolve this crisis. He should hold BP accountable and he needs to urge Congress to pass laws to regulate the oil industry. What a mess for the President! He cannot catch a break from the financial crisis, 2 wars, high unemployment rate, an impatience public and media, and God knows what else. I am just praying that God will guide this man and God's will be done on Earth

    June 14, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  259. Dave Mahalik, Annapolis, MD

    The President should say that he is going to exercise his powers under the law to allow foreign ships to come into the Gulf to assist in the cleanup.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  260. harold

    We biz people of the Gulf don't realy care to hear about the spill and the cleanup. We want to hear about the how much money is being handed out, and to who, and how fast. To us, the rest is just bla. bla. bla.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  261. Val Marmillion

    Jack, the biggest issue is restoring eroding wetlands in coastal Louisiana that serve a national purpose. This is America's Wetland serving 31 states in the Mississippi River Basin, protecting one of the nation's most important estuaries where 90 per cent of marine species in the Gulf spend a part of their life cycle, and, like it or not, a working delta that is essential in the equation of providing conventional energy as the nation realizes that alternative sources of energy must grow. We need a fix now and money spent wisely to restore while responding.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  262. Dolores Turner


    Do you and Wolf blame President Obama for the floods in Arkansas and Oklahoma?

    I am curious.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  263. Arielle Miller

    I want to hear the President discuss the reality that we as a nation must finally divorce ourselves from oil, natural gas, and coal. They are toxic to our environment even under the best of regulations. Unfortunately we as a country have never enjoyed those industries being regulated, which is evident by the disasterous effects being felt in the Gulf Coast. If we are to change our energy consumption fuels we must be realistic. The President must have a frank and serious conversation with the American Public about the need for Nuclear Energy, for recycling technology to handle the used nuclear fuel, and geologic repositories for storage. Solar and wind are great options but they don't have the capacity to replace our fossil fuel dependence, let alone replace the 20% of electricity our country's current fleet of nuclear power plant provides to the US power grid. Put it this, to replace all the operating nuclear power plants in this country with wind we would have to evacuate Texas and fill it with wind farms. To replace them with solar power, we would have to evacuate Florida and fill it with solar panels. In short, there is no way to get rid of our oil dependence without nuclear. Nuclear is a highly regulated industry committed to safety, transparency, and professionalism. The President needs to acknowledge this fact and move forward with real committment to the Nuclear Renaissance.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  264. Tom Loveless

    I would like for Obama to finally admit that he clueless when it comes to what a president is suppose to do or how to respnd. Everything he has done has been been a disaster because it was exactally the opposite what was needed or appropriate. He is way over his head in judgement, pay grade, and leadership. It is no longer the White House-It is Disneyland East.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  265. Largo Barbara

    Unfortunately the best our President can tell us is we have been screwed. We are demanding remuneration from BP in an amount greater than our immediate disaster because this party is going to be going on for years to come. We are looking to the future impact of this mess.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  266. azgrammy

    Why are you guys in media piling on this President so hard?
    It's not his fault the well exploded by stupid Oil Company decisions.

    Stop comparing oil rig explosion to Katrina.
    Watch Brian Williams Special Report on Katrina to refresh your mind....Thousands of dead corpses floating, dying along side the highways,
    Trapped in Dome football field about a week without water little food, no baby diapers,,,it was hell for thousands of people.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  267. Steve from Colorado

    Obama's response:

    Clean up will intensify dramatically in the gulf, on beaches, and in the marshes. BP will be held to the promises Hayward discussed in the company’s recent commercials; the recovery will not cost the US taxpayer and will be accompliashed. My goal is to see an aggressive, financial recovery for those damaged, and new regulations to make wells in the gulf and around the US safer. I am sorry for slow communications and action with this ecological disaster.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  268. Mike in Ohio

    I disagree with what the media thinks President Obama should say or do. Fareed Zarkaria was right on the money in his commentary on Sunday. Many in the media want to make this Obama's 911 or Katrina or a leadership issue but this is nothing more than trying to create a good story. I have no concerns over what President Obama has done or said or will say in this matter but I'm sure I'll continue to hear how bad the President has handled this issue from CNN and FOX News.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  269. Darrel

    He should do exactly what he is doing, be tough but not so tough that he forces BP into bankruptcy. That would let them off the hook for all of this. The President is very smart, the country as a whole, not so.



    June 14, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  270. Chaney, La.

    The President cannot stop this leak......that being said all he can do is make sure the guilty parties ante up. How about another call to action by "we the people" to conserve energy and quit being so wasteful... Jeez Jack I sometimes you think you and the rest of the Press are tone deaf.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  271. Paul

    I am constantly amused by the fact that a greedy, republican backed industry can spin their inept and incompetent management, safety procedures, and "emergency response plans" on a democrat just because its easy to do. Instead of stepping up to accept responsibility for a disaster they caused, they would rather call this "Obama's Katrina". BP needs to get off their "fine dining, expensive lifestyle" butts, and spend every resource neccesary to stop this bloody corporate disaster from further damage to our country. Why do republicans do nothing right except spin? Where are the republican leaders who should be screaming at BP to get this under control? Oh, I forgot, they are at the pub with BP....

    June 14, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  272. D. in LA

    I'd like to hear the President outline the great vision of American innocation, using two great of our proudest moments in American history: the 'moon shot' and the mobilization of America's can-do spirit to fight World War II. No one believed we could put a man on the moon within ten years; no one believed we could build tens of thousands of fighter plans and tanks to fight the Axis powers in a year. But we did both.

    We have the chance to change the world and save the world again. If we don't do it, China will beat us to the punch.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  273. Alan Wright

    President Obama needs to tell the nation that BP can not and will not pay the total cost of the spill to the people in the Gulf with legitimate claims. Within hours of the spill, BP knew the projected costs of the spill and rejected using super-tankers because of the costs. BP lied about the flow rate from the get-go to buy them time for financial reasons. "My administration knew this from day one." The President needs to tell the nation that the Gulf will not be "cleaned-up," and the damages will continue to accumulate for a long time.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  274. Michael

    The Obama administration will place a timeframe for BP to completely cap the well applying liquated damages with a heavy fine of $10 billion dollars retroactive to April 20, 2010. This would force BP to cap the well.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  275. Tom Hurd

    Jack I want to hear that the President will be meeting with the CEO's
    at the Department of Justice reather than the White House.
    These Clowns donot deserve the respect to be invited to the
    House of the People

    Sarasota, Fl

    June 14, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  276. Dave Riley of Alabama

    I would like to hear how we can scientifically stop the oil leak. Let’s just be honest this discrepancy isn’t the presidents fault; it’s really the entropy and the uncertainty of drilling for old fossil fuel at those depths. People have been deluded by BP and some of the media (but not you jack) who don’t know what they are talking about and depraved people of the truth and give people “innocuous” lies.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  277. SKinMN

    I want to hear more than promises. I want to hear that an account has been set up and that BP has deposited $x millions or billions for gulf cleanup and payments for lost income. I want to hear that this account has priority over dividends to BP investors and bonuses to BP executives. I want to hear that other oil companies are being called upon and have committed to providing the necessary resources (skimmers, oil tankers) for cleanup and oil collection. I want to hear that these other oil companies are able to keep whatever money they earn from collected oil. I want to hear that a process is in place to develop fool proof and stringent safety regulations so this doesn't happen again. I want to hear that independent scientists and reporters and full access to the gulf, beaches, and whatever areas they need to study and report on whatever issues they see. I want to hear more than promises. I want to hear a clear plan of attack with clear tangible steps and action items.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  278. Raoul New Orleans, La.

    I've heard everything I've needed to hear from the President before. What I need to hear is how the President can be blamed for any of this. What I need to see are the minutes of the closed door meetings Vice President Cheney had with BP. What I need to watch are less stories on the President's anger and more stories on solutions such as Mr. Costner's. I feel the "free" Press cares more for their Corporate owners and Corporate advertisers than my State or I. What more do you want than Republican convention goers shouting, "Drill, Baby, Drill" to prove who is to blame for lax BP oversight. This is the story. A Corporation was allowed to police themselves even after an abysmal safety record.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  279. Roger

    The president seems to repeat ideas from other sources. I heard someone on the t.v.say, he should take charge like President Truman. " The buck stops here". Next thing you know, President Obama was on t.v. saying " the buck stops here ". Matt Lauer told the president you should kick some butt, the president said I'll kick some ass. Mr.president, I hope you are a man with lots of guts that can lead us out of this mess your way. Take no prisoners..

    June 14, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  280. Gery

    I want to hear the President come down on the side of the Country and not the special interests that have dominated our lives for the past thirty years. Our major challenge is controlling big corporations, not big government. The big corporation conservatives have been in control for decades, and here we are, disaster after disaster.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  281. seriously???

    I know it took Bush five days to get water to the Super Dome. But Obama cannot stop one leaking pipe inside of sixty days. I want to hear him say he has a plan. A real plan. I am so angry at BP and the gov't for never realizing this could happen. So other companies must have a solution.

    I want to hear him tell the truth: "Folks in the Gulf must wake up. The gov't does not care about you. We didn't care in Katrina and we don't care now. You are too poor, too black and too under educated."

    June 14, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  282. Jacqueline Mongeot

    I would like him to show leadership:
    1- in making BP and the 2 other companies pay for the damages done and to come -as well as their plan to repair the destructions.
    2- forcefully present his plan to immediately work on clean sources of energy as a priority in his administration.
    He is a thinker, I would like him to present himself as a doer.
    Jacqueline – San Diego. CA

    June 14, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  283. Cheryl

    I want hear how we can bring back manufacturing for clean energy which would save our Environment and create jobs.Let the people know that this is a man made.And it is time to change our thought of Americans for our grandchildren.Ocean is our oxygen without that we all will be gone.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  284. Beverly H Tatum Charlotte NC

    Jack, I a sick to death of you and Wolf trying your best to blame and find fault with President Obama on this BP oil spill. The spill is not his fault nor if BP cannot stop the leak.
    If want to blame someone – blame BP whose has a pattern of safety violations, spills, and worker deaths.
    Second, blame the Republicans who deregulated the oil industry just like they did the banks. Dick Cheney personally apppointed olmen to run the corruption that resulted at MMS.
    President Obama has done an outstanding job of restoring this nation and most of it has been disasters caused by the Republicans.
    This is NOT the definition of his Presidency. You just seem to want to make it be it.
    What are you doing to stop the spill Jack???

    June 14, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  285. sandra coston

    I think the president should be honest and forthright , but I also think that this president will get attacked no matter what he says. It seems this country has become so cynical and angry about almost everything. When did it become cool to be angry, loud and disrespectful not to mention that nothing gets soved that way. I want my country back. A country where grownups govern and the media reports the news instead of sensationalizing it.,

    June 14, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  286. Emory

    In keeping with policies of the past adminsitration, the President should declare war on Belgium.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  287. Jackson Brock

    The stone age did not end because we ran out of rock. We found a better way. Likewise, Mr. President, please tell us you are providing us the way out of the oil age the same way that John Kennedy provided the way for mankind on the moon!!! Thanks.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  288. Jim in Florida

    Jack: I pray President Obama will stop "blaming" and start "leading" the country toward the smartest repair, safety improvements, and clean up solutions that are required from this horrific accident. Mr. Obama has wasted "60 days of blame" - it is time to lead us toward a better place please and remember this was a horrific accident and we can overcome it if we work together and work smarter next time. Lead forward please.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  289. azgrammy

    Look at all these comments...
    "He should stop the oil gushing first..."
    Good Grief!
    Right-wingers have been saying WE think President Obama is "the messiah..."
    They must think he is actually God Himself!
    BP Oil has the equipment, not our Federal Government.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  290. Monty

    Storage ships are great but we are now coming to the storm season
    and the system in place does not look like it will sustain a large storm. How are they planning to man this system during a storm? Why not install another shut off valve over trying to let the oil flow to a ship.
    All we hear is that they are trying to capture the oil why not shut it off.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  291. Jim Bailey

    But show me BP CEO's cajones on a silver platter.
    Jim B.
    Cripple Creek CO

    June 14, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  292. Yeshiembet

    This disasrter is not done purposely to cause damage to American people. This oil spill should be taken as an accident. BP would have stopped much earlier had it been in human power. President Obama did everything in his power to make things work out. He didn't cause it what else or do except asking the concerned partty to pay for compensation. I think every criticism should be with reason. One need to be realistic.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  293. Al Williams (Miami)

    I want to hear the President declare that it was the British government, through its' BP agents, behind this environmental terrorist attack on our country! He should give the Royal family 7 days to get out of Britain, or we'll be diverting the US Coast Guard, supported by the National Guard, to throw them out!

    He should also acknowledge that even though we'll be continuing the tradition of taking our eye off the ball in the Gulf Coast, Pakistan and Afghanistan, it's more important to liberate the people of the UK and bring American style democracy to their oppressed people. We'll be greeted as liberators in Piccadilly Square!

    Now where's that statue of Winston Churchill?

    June 14, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  294. Greg, Ontario

    I thought the screams were for smaller government, lower taxes and the government staying out of the way of buisness. Now your screaming for the opposite. BP isn't going anywhere and they know they are going to pay every dime of damge and wages lost. I want Obama to apologize to the rest of the world for America allowing a company to poison our planet yet again (the Valdez and Bopal plant to name a couple) all in the effort to feed The American greed for oil. The world use to say "thank God America is on our side." Now we say with every disaster "Let me guess, America... Morons."

    June 14, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  295. Jack Ohio (spelling impaired)

    Dear Jack,
    I want to hear our President forceful and demanding. I want to hear that we (the Federal Government) will have Naval/Coastguard Officers onboard all BP vessels; experts ,listening devices, and informants in the "desaster control room and in the hallways and toilets of all BP decision making facilities. I want to hear that we will take no more lies, hairbrained skemes, money saving corners cut, or any other foreseeable shanannigans. I want super tankers sucking and processing the gulf...I want the estuaries flushed; and I want the States unemployment systems to pay the claims immediately and settle with BP later...C'mon. I'll be yo0ur clean-up Czar, but only if I can have Power to kick-butt and fire obstacles.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  296. melissa North Carolina.

    It is too late. Obama blamed BP for 6 weeks. The damage is done. BP has said a million times they will financiially take care of the spill. So why does Obama continue to act all mad at BP. This is our Country that is damaged. Obama shoud have ordered a Large scale Clean up After the 2nd week. Military National guard Ect. This is not BP Country they are just Drilling in the Gulf. They really Don't care about the animals and people that it efects. It is Obama's Job. But it is too late. Time for a new president.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  297. Carolyn Hentschell

    At all costs, first and foremost, the marshes and wetlands of Louisiana must be protected. Beaches can be cleaned to a great degree, marshes cannot. They are the breeding ground for so many species of wildlife and are the first line of protection for the state. Allowing those to become permeated with oil is unforgivable. We screwed around for so long while we waited for BP to sign the contracts, we waited for the Feds to sign the contracts, no one would sign the contracts. I live in the midwest and i wanted to scream with frustration. Now the berms are being built but is it too little, too late? I wake up in the morning my normal, happy self and then my thoughts turn to that precious wildlife being harmed and it's this relentless sadness that perhaps could have been avoided, all over who's going to sign the damned check. We're all to blame to a degree for our demand for oil but when the oil started spewing, cooler heads should have prevailed. Won't we ever learn? We had no contingency plan for Katrina and we had no contingency plan for this.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  298. Salvador Trabanino

    The President said it clearly in Alabama: The beaches in Mississipi, Alabama, and Florida, will recover, even if it is an expensive proposition and even if the entire tourist season is ruined this year.
    But the marshes here in Louisiana are in a different League: the damage has been done for generations, not only of pelicans and oysters, but also of fishermen, and a way of life and cultural treasure are in danger of disappearing.
    What I want the President to announce tomorrow from the White House is that he will use BP's assets to take drastic measures to rebuild our wetlands, a proposition that might take billions of dollars and possibly mean a feat of engineering that has never been seen before in this area.
    We are dying down here, and the President needs to give us hope that we will survive a blow even bigger than Katrina
    New Orleans

    June 14, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  299. Andy Aas

    That the actions of my government over the advice of the experts we called in to place a moratorium on offshore drilling will kill an industry that generates the majority of our tax take, minimises our already woeful balance of payments and employees thousands.
    But I am not worried by that as those jobs are in generally Republican states.
    Thats why I did not close down the coal fields after killing so many people in how many accidents as they are blue collar workers in Blue states that I cannot afford to lose.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  300. B. Goldman

    It takes a world to keep our earth healthy. Now is the time for both individuals and corporations and all governments to acknowledge the needs of our planet. We no longer live just in a country, but we must realize that we share a very fragil planet with others and no one individual can or should be in charge of the current crisis. It will take MY leadership as well as the expertise and responsibility of corporations to heal the current hemoraging. We must deal with the current condition concurrent with the precautions of the future. At this time I am holding the CEO and leaders of BP responsible for compensating the current tragedy and cooperating with other experts in prevention of future catastrophies. Integrety and unceasing efforts to stop the bleeding and heal the wounded gulf. The citizens of this planet deserve my best and I shall do no less. It is imperative that we all assess our personal use of resources on this earth and how each and every one of you can help.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  301. Barry - Ashburn, VA

    I'd like him to say:
    1) For handling the oil spill clean up, I've appointed [someone] as my personal representative and with full authority to speak for me and give orders as if from me to departments that report to me. That person will work out of an office in a Gulf Coast locale.
    2) While I anticipate that the cleanup job will last years, I insist that BP promptly make whole the financial losses of the people of the Gulf who have been financially damaged by the negligence of BP or of the contractors employed by it. If they do not do so, the federal government will place BP resources in a temporary receivership that will handle claims.
    3) I have appointed [another name] to deal with plugging the well that is the source of the Gulf contamination. He/she will oversee what BP is doing to plug the leak and will also bring in independent experts to determine if there are reasonable measures to take in addition to the measures BP proposes.
    4) I authorize (i.e., issue temporary permits for) all other drilling activity in the Gulf to resume/continue their operations after performing their own safety review. New MMS requirements for permits will not go into effect until the new regulations complete the administrative procedures required for new or amended regulations.

    June 14, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  302. Bob


    I want to hear the President say that this is not just a disaster for the folks who live in the Gulf region. This is a tragedy for the entire western hemisphere, if not the world. I'm tired of hearing Gulf residents complain about the jobs that might be lost as a result of the President declaring a moratorium on offshore drilling. The gulf and the benefits it provides belong to more than them. One other thing, I want to hear the President say that he recognizes there are crimes bigger than those committed against the state and that those crimes are crimes perpetrated against nature. BP is guilty of ecocide, and I want the President to say so.


    June 14, 2010 at 5:34 pm |