June 16, 2010

Politics is King poll: Did the President change your view of the oil spill?

Posted: 08:07 AM ET
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Ted   June 16th, 2010 8:26 am ET

Polls are opinions, and opinions are like noses: everyone has one!!

Two ongoing wars, a third and possibly a fourth is in the making, financial meltdown, the worst oil crises in the history in our country.
President Obama needs 36 hours a day just to keep up with the problems inherited from the Bush area. I certainly do not envy him and would never want his job.

Alice Crooker   June 16th, 2010 9:20 am ET

President Obama could use some peace. Americans have lost their grip.

We don't know how to live anymore. All we really know how to do is whinge and blame. We don't need or deserve a President–just get a punchng bag and slug away.

I defy anyone to do any better than President Obama has done.

Shame on his critics.

John H   June 16th, 2010 11:24 am ET

President Obama gave what I consider a good speech yesterday evening and didn't try to honey coat over the oil leak problem in the Gulf. Did he change my mind about the leak? No. I don't think that was his goal. He presented the problem as it is and did not claim to have the solution. He is and has been doing all that is realistically possible and there may be no good solution. We may just have to bite the bullet and stop deep sea drilling entirely. Mother nature may just be too complex for our technology and we clearly cannot afford to have any more leaks anywhere else in our oceans. The damage this leak has caused is almost beyond our ability to imagine. I was pleased to hear him suggest now is the time to seriously begin our movement away from oil and into renewable energy sources. I hope Congress gets the message and begins doing something concrete in that direction.

IKHAN   June 16th, 2010 11:59 am ET

Hi Larry,
good morning folks.

I think what we need is to get behind President Obama on his initiative to move away from oil & to deal with this unprecedented disaster.But do our politicians have the grit to rise above politics especially those belonging to GOP. This party has been displaying nothing but obstructionism of late.
With estimates now at 2.5 million gallons a day I am though not too optimistic about stemming the leak.We have to get other countries with the necessary expertise on board, keeping BP culpability & responsibility intact.
well said.
@Alice Crooker @ John H
I agree 100%

Sandee   June 16th, 2010 2:43 pm ET

I do wish they would stop with this "addiction to oil" rhetoric. It insinuates that we suffer from an illness, and we're in need of an intervention. SOME INTERVENTION! Destroy the south-eastern coast in an attempt to get us over our "addiction". "Dependence on oil" a more appropriate term, as we would willingly use alternate energy sources if we could. Most people will do the right thing if given the choice. I would have really enjoyed a bit more criticism of the corporatist approach to the clean-up, which is very suspicious. We have youtube and other Internet sources that are reporting the truth.

Smith in Oregon   June 16th, 2010 6:57 pm ET

Today President Obama DID what no Republican lawmaker, nor Republican President has ever done NOR even tried.

President Obama sat down with BP's Big Oil CEO and demanded a whopping 20 BILLION dollar escrow fund be set up to provide immediate funding to equipment, Gulf business, and Gulf resident Oil Spill related claims.

As early as last week ALL of the Republican Lawmakers including House Congressional Minority John (drill baby drill) Boehner and US Senate Minority Leader Mitch (drill baby drill) McConnell who ALL stated that Federal Government AND BP needed to Pay for all the costs incurred. These crass and extremely callous comments spewing out of the mouths of the Republican leaders who have obstructed Unemployment benefits and a wide range of legislation over their hypocritical mantra of fiscal responsibility!

Democratic President Obama from the beginning insisted that BP PAY for ALL of the damage, cleanup, claims, equipment and vessels needed to clean, correct and fix the damages incurred from BP's Crude Oil spill.

Undoubtedly, with pre-existing lax and lame Gas and Oil laws written by Republican lawmakers over many decades severely limit liability and responsibility by Big Oil, Gas and Coal companys when accidents occur. AND Republican placed Federal Judges across the Gulf Region (50%) were elected directly with the help of Big Oil funding their campaigns. AND Bush jr. placed Big Oil's friend US Supreme Court Chief Justice into his jurist position.

ALL of this, President Obama faced down with courage and conviction to force BP and its team of corporate Gas and Oil attorneys. It is likely President Obama had found evidence of neglect to follow reasonable safety regulations and President Obama suggested America would pull the extremely lucrative US Military Fuel contract from BP if BP didn't OK that enormous 20 BILLION dollar escrow account. Yes, that is hardball and that is why America needs a man such as President Obama and more Democratic lawmakers elected into public service.

Dave   June 16th, 2010 11:25 pm ET

Oilcan Obama

Dave   June 16th, 2010 11:27 pm ET

I agree with Ted nothing is Obama's fault he will never have to take responsibility for anything bad we'll just blame it on Republicans! Of course when something good happens, that's a different story! Yaay for our team!!!

Luis B. Rosario   June 17th, 2010 12:44 am ET

President Obama finally acted with courage and self-determination
That said I don't believe that everything that had to be done by the
administration was done fast enough. The national guard should
have been movilized earlier and all available resources , including
the nationalization of BP should have been done a long time ago.
This is a national catastrophe. Outside help from other countries
should beeen sought to include high caliber experts in dealing
with the containment of the oil leak without depending so heavy
on BP's ill fated fixes.

Luis B. Rosario   June 17th, 2010 12:50 am ET

Now that President Obamba has secured a $25 billion bond
from BP who is going to manage these monies to prevent
malfeasance and mismanagement of the currency. The
large amount of money is tempting and the money will be
squandered away to please self-interest groups who like with
Katrina will start giving away generous awards to incompetents.

angi k   June 17th, 2010 2:03 am ET

how about this answer: NO! the president has no clue as to what he's doing????

Geoff   June 17th, 2010 12:10 pm ET

Why haven't we used a nuclear explosion to close off the oil. A low yield nuclear device exploded above the break would melt the rock to close it off and burn off much of the oil. The nuclear fall out would have 2 yera effect...not ten years. other devices might explode the problem as well?

IKHAN   June 17th, 2010 12:32 pm ET

Hi Larry.
Good morning folks
@Luis B Rosario
Before we take comfort from this deal & the fact that President Obama seems finally to be getting a handle on things, consider this.
Republicans are now scrambling to the aid of BP. Rep.Joe Barton saying that "he is ashamed of the BP 'shake down" demonstrates how these politicians are entrenched on the side of Big Businees,lobbies & special interest. I'm sure they can't see beyond their own political survival. Interest of the American people? Who cares.
This could well undermine efforts to enforce BP's liability.

Candace   June 17th, 2010 4:42 pm ET

The BP spill is the worst environmental catastrophe many of us have seen. Its effects are far reaching and most importantly, not all the effects are known yet. I'm not sure if Obama's initiatives will even make much difference! This is completely out of control and all we can do is pray that the damage does not hurt us too badly in the future.

Unfortunately, this is the perfect example of the importance of Government regulation and strict enforcement of those regulations. When the government takes its focus off the best interest of the nation for even a second, this is what happens.

BP should have never been ALLOWED to drill that far without proving they had a well tested and then thoroughly scrutinized plan of action for if something went wrong. But they did.

We live and we learn, right…? Well…hopefully…

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   June 20th, 2010 5:44 am ET

What if this had happened when Mr George Bush Jr was still in power. I wonder how he would have handled it. Those Republicans sound a bunch of idiots. Father forgive them for they know not what they do.

They need to sort help from outside as well. What if the relief well doesn't work, what then I wonder.

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