June 15th, 2010
03:37 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama's Gulf address should be 'battlefield report'

A top presidential historian says President Obama must angle tonight's address to the nation as more of a 'warlike update.'
A top presidential historian says President Obama must angle tonight's address to the nation as more of a 'warlike update.'

Washington (CNN) – President Obama must angle his address to the nation on the Gulf oil disaster as more of a "warlike update" than the kind of addresses given by past presidents on national tragedies, a top presidential historian said.

"This is going to be a different kind of president address ... like we're in the middle of the war and he's giving an update on the war on the Gulf," said Douglas Brinkley, a professor of history at Rice University. "It's a battlefield report - particularly trying to show that progress is being made, although it's not fast enough for him."

Brinkley, who has lived and taught in New Orleans, Louisiana, has been a vocal critic of BP's cleanup efforts. He also has taken aim at Obama's response - noting that he should have given the speech weeks ago.

"Whenever America experiences a cardiac arrest like 9/11 and the Oklahoma City bombing, you have a window of about one week where you want to create a field of optimism and a principle of response that it's clear, decisive and urgent."

Read the full story here.


Filed under: President Obama
soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    "Im sure this whole mess will somehow be Bush's fault."

    Hey Captain Pantwetter, perhaps you'd like to tell us what the equipment is called that BP could have purchased to close off a leak such as this in precisely this kind of situation and then explain to the class WHY THEY NEVER BOUGHT IT AND WERE NEVER FORCED TO.

    June 15, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  2. Neo2000

    That is the only message Americans Understand

    June 15, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    "For those of us that pay Electric, Gas, and Water bills this will be a disaster. "

    You can't afford the $340 more per year MIT scientists estaimated it would cost the average american family? You know, instead of a new flat panel tv and satellite dish on which to watch Oprah while you smoke dope and collect your welfare checks and refuse to get in line for one of the open jobs that create the demand for illegals to invade the country? Did I just channel Glush Limbeck? gabba gabba weee.....

    June 15, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
1 2