Gulf Coast Reacts to President's Oval Office Address

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

President Obama addressed the nation from the Oval Office on June 15, 2010

President Obama delivered his first prime time address from the Oval Office Tuesday evening, nearly 60 days after the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded and sank into the Gulf of Mexico, leaving an oil well gushing crude into the ocean. Thousands of Gulf-related jobs have been affected, including fisherman, restaurants and overall tourism in the region. An Associated Press poll shows 52 percent of Americans disapprove of the President’s handling of the crisis.

Join the conversation! Tell us what you hoped to hear, and share your reactions to the speech.

For reactions to the President's speech from the Gulf coast, we speak to Frances Coleman, editor of the Mobile Press in Alabama. She says she supports the president's pledge to restore the Gulf not just from this oil spill, but also from Hurricane Katrina and past environmental disasters. She also says that she hopes that his speech wasn't just a way for him to promote "cap and trade" and clean energy. Tim Kant, mayor of Fairhope, Alabama, agrees that the focus on clean energy was not a necessary component of last night's speech, saying it complicates the issue of solving this oil crisis.



Frances Coleman and Mayor Tim Kant

Comments [3]

Neal Klein from Delray Beach, FL

You repeat over and over that the President described a great vision in his speech. What great vision? It's an oft-repeated wish to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. A plan to get there is what we need. In 18 minutes of speaking, where was the great vision, John?

Jun. 16 2010 09:23 AM
David from Miami FL (WLRN)

Oil has dominated Presidential policy since at least FDR, and maybe Warren Harding's Teapot Dome scandal. The OPEC crises of the 70's should have told us the game of subsidized fuel was over, but Reagan was too busy removing Carter's solar panel from the White House. According to, the real cost of $3/gallon gasoline is $10/gallon including military and health costs, so let's charge that extra $7 to the oil companies excepting small businesses. Oil dominated not just the war in Iraq (Operation Iraqi Liberation) but the war in Afghanistan with the plans for a pipeline across the Caspian Sea. GM and others killed the 90's electric car for this?

Jun. 16 2010 09:14 AM
S. E. Neef

Use of the term "oil SPILL" continues to anger me. It is NOT a "spill" that may simply be mopped up. Is is, in the strike-it-rich vernacular, a GUSHER!! It is an ONGOING FLOW.

Jun. 16 2010 09:09 AM

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