Obama on the Gulf Coast, take three
President Obama will be wheels-up to Louisiana in a little bit. His third trip to the oil-soaked state since that BP oil rig blew up in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20. He'll meet with federal and local officials to get the latest on the efforts to cap the gusher and to clean-up the mess spreading across Gulf Coast beaches. As he did on his trip last week, Obama will meet with residents. This time in Grand Isle, La. And it is here that the president could finally put to rest the narrative that he's a robot incapable of demonstrating empathy, let alone show rage. (Why he won't show rage will be the subject of another piece soon.)
I'm not looking for anything dramatic. Obama doesn't need to kick sand or bang on a table or well up with tears as he hears how the biggest natural disaster in U.S. history has devastated families, livelihoods and a way of life. I'm looking for the perfect union between his words and the emotions they ought to convey. Saying, "I'm angry" or "I'm frustrated" doesn't cut it if its delivery has all the emotion of reading a to-do list.
Obama is at his best when he ditches the confinement and formality of the teleprompter. He's real. He's approachable. He's free. We've seen it time and again, most notably at the House Republican retreat in January. That perfect union flashed last night in the president's interview with Larry King.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) gave voice to the anger and frustration of his state in a response to a question about the bumbling CEO of BP, Tony Hayward. That's what the American people want to see from their president. Obama again has the opportunity to do that in Grand Isle today. This time, with feeling.
| June 4, 2010; 10:21 AM ET
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