In a somewhat novel take for a talk show host on President Barack Obama’s Oval Office address on the BP oil spill, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow delivered a mock address of the speech on her program Wednesday.
“You know how sometimes you get into an argument or confrontation with somebody, you can’t help afterwards thinking of all the things you wished you’d said?” Maddow said, according to a transcript. “Well, last night after the President’s big Oval Office speech on the BP oil disaster, I had a version of that experience. I hadn’t, of course, been in an argument with the President or anything. I just couldn’t stop running tape in my head of what I wish that speech had been like, what I wish he’d said. An Oval Office address is a priceless chance to get the nation to stop what it’s doing, to stop every other TV show in the country, to get us all to pay attention all at once to this crisis and to what the President has to say about it.”
Maddow delivered three primary points she wished Obama would have enumerated.
1. “Never again, will any company, anyone, be allowed to drill in a location where they are incapable of dealing with the potential consequences of that drilling.”
2. “I’m announcing a new federal command specifically for containment and cleanup of oil that has already entered the Gulf of Mexico, with a priority on protecting shoreline that can still be saved; shoreline that is vulnerable to oil that has not yet been hit.”
3. “I no longer say that we must get off oil like every president before me has said too. I no longer say that we must get off oil. We will get off oil and here’s how: The United States Senate will pass an energy bill. This year.”
Obama has gained new critics over his handling of the spill, even on the left, with liberal pundit James Carville even declaring, “Man, youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve got to put somebody in chargeÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re about to die down here.” (Video here).
This video is from MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, broadcast June 16, 2010.