Finally: President Obama “seizes the moment.”

Via Waylon Lewis
on Jun 16, 2010
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Via elephant’s award-winning twitter stream: Obama uses 1st Oval Office speech 2 call 4 Clean Energy Future, Now #oilspill video

The BP Oil Spill was the subject of President Obama’s first Oval Office address. I liked the part about ceasing to send $1 Billion a day to foreign shores for our oil needs. About moving to a clean energy future, now. I didn’t like the vagueness. That said, as usual, politics is a lose-lose for our President—whichever party he or she belongs to—President Obama has already received criticism re the speech by Republicans and Libertarians who accuse him of taking advantage of this moment.

To that, I respond, Dammmmn Right. That’s like accusing FDR of socializing the auto industry so that we could build tanks and planes in preparation for WWII. This is another kind of war. It’s just as serious, and harmful to our way of life, our economy, and our security.

So, kudos to you, President Obama. Thanks for making our independent, clean, domestic energy future the subject of your first Oval Office speech. Now, we wait: for action. For as you said tonight, words are not enough. Not nearly. ~ed.

Video below.

Excerpts via NY Times:

Until now he has employed most of the tools of his office, imposing a deepwater drilling moratorium, traveling repeatedly to the region, firing an agency director and appointing a commission. He used a few more Tuesday night, summoning the cameras to the Oval Office, appointing a long-term recovery coordinator and demanding that the company responsible, BP, set up a multibillion-dollar escrow account to compensate the victims…That he would feel compelled to devote his first Oval Office address to the nation after 17 months to the spill, and not to the Great Recession or two actual shooting wars still raging overseas, only underscored the profound impact on his presidency. By this point in their tenures, his four most recent predecessors had all spoken from the Oval Office (Ronald Reagan had five times already)…

…he vowed to win “the battle we’re waging against an oil spill that is assaulting our shores and our citizens.”

The purpose, though, was to go beyond the immediate and make the case that the spill justifies his plans for energy and climate change legislation, a way of turning a political burden into a political weapon. He called on Americans to “seize the moment” to “end America’s century-long addiction to fossil fuels.”

“The tragedy unfolding on our coast is the most painful and powerful reminder yet that the time to embrace a clean energy future is now,” he said. “Now is the moment for this generation to embark on a national mission to unleash America’s innovation and seize control of our own destiny.”

For the rest, go to the NY Times.

President Obama’s Oval Office Address on BP Oil Spill & Energy:


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


4 Responses to “Finally: President Obama “seizes the moment.””

  1. Joe P
    Wasn't "the moment" at least 50 days ago?

    Linda P
    I think that was irony

    Sabrina A
    a repercussão dos 60 mil barris de petróleo ja esta acontecendo enchentes, desastres e mortes…
    fora que nossos mares nunca mais serão os mesmos…
    como diz o ditado.. quem tem rabo de palha nao passa perto do fogo.. por que queima!!!

    Maureen P
    he is the best president in my lifetime. I am 51 years old!
    Easier said than done, Paul, he's not King, he's President, with acutely limited powers. We're lucky he's as responsive as he is. Read the intro, see how much/little he's already done. Then imagine Dubya.

  2. Nancy B
    "seizes the moment"..but forgets about the 8 weeks and counting he has done squat about the clean up. well, the brown stuff has literally hit the fan and he is covered in it. way to go barak.

    Lysa P
    No win situation, there is always going to be people pissed off and unhappy with him. That is one job I NEVER want.

    Ron W
    Where was all this righteous indignation when Bush and Co. sent all of U.S. into this depression and the first trillions of debt?
    Actually, Nancy, I hear you on the frustration, but if you click the article before commenting you'll see a pretty impressive (surprisingly so) list of things he could do that he has done. That said, I'm looking for action to follow his great words about a clean, domestic energy future.

  3. Cherie' says:

    we as a nation need to kick our fossil fuel addiction and turn to The Family Farms and grow our fuel!!! Biofuels! Biodiesel, lets grow our fuels not drill!!!!

  4. Linda says:

    The whole spill is a wake-up for the world as the pollution will not only go north along the Atlantic coast, but possibly via the Gulf Stream reach Europe. I hope this stops the off-shore drilling off the coast of Atlantic Canada, and doesn't just divert the attention back to the oil sands. Wind mills are spring up all over the Maritimes–a good sign. But Canada too needs to be more innovative and think more ecologically. But PM Harper doesn't have the flexible, open mind and leadership that Obama has demonstrated. This would be a great time for Elizabeth May and the Green Party to rise up and captivate the minds of Canadian citizens with green solutions to energy needs.