What Obama's Oval Office Speech Could Have Sounded Like (Video)
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...According to Rachel Maddow
Plenty of people felt let down by Obama's oval office speech on the BP Gulf spill, and believed it was as a lost opportunity to rally for more progressive energy policy in a meaningful way. I was one of them, admittedly. But one pundit did more than complain about what was left unsaid -- Rachel Maddow and her writers drafted up their version of a superior speech; one that included taking a hard line on the oil industry, forcefully retaining the moratorium on offshore drilling, and most importantly, promising to address the nation's oil dependence by passing clean energy legislation. Watch:
Obviously, Maddow is something of a divisive figure, but her fake speech is certainly better than Obama's. Of course, political pressures don't apply to Maddow, and she doesn't have to worry about, say, the repercussions of passing a clean energy bill that couldn't get enough votes in the Senate through budget reconciliation -- something I'd wholly endorse, by the way.
But I do have to say -- it's a pretty damn good fake speech, with the three main points especially improving on the vague rhetoric used by the president (via the Huffington Post):
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."
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