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Obama's Jimmy Carter moment tonight

When that oil rig blew up in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20 -- killing 11 and flooding the ocean with millions of gallons of crude -- many proclaimed the crisis had the potential to be President Obama's Jimmy Carter moment. The 444-day Iranian hostage crisis eluded resolution for Carter and made his administration look powerless. True or no, Obama will definitely have a genuine Carter moment tonight when he addresses the nation from the Oval Office about the oil spill and about the need to slake our voracious appetite for fossil fuels.

Carter did the same thing in 1979. And he failed at that, too. Just as Obama declared he would be the last president to promise health-care reform, he must follow through on finally bringing energy independence to the United States.

Carter's July 15, 1979 speech was entitled "Crisis of Confidence." You know it as the widely panned and pessimistic "malaise" speech. When you watch it, you'll notice Carter "emoting" by punctuating his words and by pounding his desk. But when you read it, you'll be struck by Carter's blunt assessment of the nation's addiction to imported oil, his bold plan to break it and your own sense of deja vu.

The energy crisis is real. It is worldwide. It is a clear and present danger to our nation. These are facts and we simply must face them.

Point one: I am tonight setting a clear goal for the energy policy of the United States. Beginning this moment, this nation will never use more foreign oil than we did in 1977 -- never. From now on, every new addition to our demand for energy will be met from our own production and our own conservation. The generation-long growth in our dependence on foreign oil will be stopped dead in its tracks right now and then reversed as we move through the 1980s, for I am tonight setting the further goal of cutting our dependence on foreign oil by one-half by the end of the next decade -- a saving of over 4-1/2 million barrels of imported oil per day.

Point two: To ensure that we meet these targets, I will use my presidential authority to set import quotas. I'm announcing tonight that for 1979 and 1980, I will forbid the entry into this country of one drop of foreign oil more than these goals allow.

Point three: To give us energy security, I am asking for the most massive peacetime commitment of funds and resources in our nation's history to develop America's own alternative sources of fuel -- from coal, from oil shale, from plant products for gasohol, from unconventional gas, from the sun. I propose the creation of an energy security corporation to lead this effort to replace 2 1/2 million barrels of imported oil per day by 1990.... Moreover, I will soon submit legislation to Congress calling for the creation of this nation's first solar bank, which will help us achieve the crucial goal of 20 percent of our energy coming from solar power by the year 2000.

These efforts will cost money, a lot of money, and that is why Congress must enact the windfall profits tax without delay. It will be money well-spent. Unlike the billions of dollars that we ship to foreign countries to pay for foreign oil, these funds will be paid by Americans to Americans. These funds will go to fight, not to increase, inflation and unemployment.

Point four: I'm asking Congress to mandate, to require as a matter of law, that our nation's utility companies cut their massive use of oil by 50 percent within the next decade and switch to other fuels, especially coal, our most abundant energy source.

Point five: To make absolutely certain that nothing stands in the way of achieving these goals, I will urge Congress to create an energy mobilization board which, like the War Production Board in World War II, will have the responsibility and authority to cut through the red tape, the delays, and the endless roadblocks to completing key energy projects.

Point six: I'm proposing a bold conservation program to involve every state, county, and city and every average American in our energy battle. This effort will permit you to build conservation into your homes and your lives at a cost you can afford. I ask Congress to give me authority for mandatory conservation and for standby gasoline rationing. To further conserve energy, I'm proposing tonight an extra $10 billion over the next decade to strengthen our public transportation systems. And I'm asking you for your good and for your nation's security to take no unnecessary trips, to use carpools or public transportation whenever you can, to park your car one extra day per week, to obey the speed limit, and to set your thermostats to save fuel. Every act of energy conservation like this is more than just common sense -- I tell you it is an act of patriotism.

Our nation must be fair to the poorest among us, so we will increase aid to needy Americans to cope with rising energy prices. We often think of conservation only in terms of sacrifice. In fact, it is the most painless and immediate way of rebuilding our nation's strength. Every gallon of oil each one of us saves is a new form of production. It gives us more freedom, more confidence, that much more control over our own lives.

None of the goals outlined by Carter have been met. Partially because Carter was run out of office the following year. But also because American amnesia set in once the price pinch at the pump was no longer felt. And now another president is about to take to the Oval Office to tell us that his time we MUST end this destructive cycle of dependence on imported oil and fossil fuels.

Obama will assuredly list a host of goals and ideals that will hasten this brighter future. But these promises will be as empty as Carter's proved to be if they are not followed tomorrow by a sustained effort to push a legislative agenda that will turn his words into reality. This will require political will in the White House and in Congress to make decisions that will be unpopular in the short term but will be enormously beneficial decades down the road. The U.S. can no longer afford to coddle and cloister its people from the tough measures ahead. Look at what the last 31 years have wrought.

By Jonathan Capehart  | June 15, 2010; 10:09 AM ET
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Obama's had nothing but Carter moments. He's in way over his head. Enough with the speeches Obama. How about finding somebody that has a solution on how to plug the leaking oil well. You know actually do your job.

Posted by: peterg73 | June 15, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

We are way past the point of glorified speeches. How about making some definitive decisions, followed by some concrete actions and then, I may be inclined to listen to another speech by you Mr Obama. You have fooled all of us long enough, especially my fellow black Americans. You have given us nothing but empty promises and a lot of hot air, you have ignored our 25% unemployment rate in the community long enough. I cant believe that I honestly thought you were our deliverance. I for one have heard enough and will definitely find something else on TV to watch tonight, may be some reruns of Criminal Minds might do it!

Posted by: GatorNes | June 15, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Obama and the left are going to sieze this mess as an opportunity to tax the daylights out of us to further their goals of redistribution of wealth. The people will see through it and it will fail. Obama is completely clueless about what the American people want and who to get there. This guy makes most of us who experienced Carter wishing for him to come back.

Posted by: Pilot1 | June 15, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

If failure is the job, Obama is the man!

How about drilling where it is safe to drill????? Libs wont allow that so they are to blame for the BP leak..

We have more oil on land in the US than any other country in the world and the Libs ignore it!!!

What clowns libs and the Administration are!!!!!


http://www.nextenergynews.com/news1/next-energy-news2.13s.html

Posted by: 2010Rout | June 15, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA'S FAMILY GET FAVORITISM


Congressman Steve King, an Iowa Republican, today requested that President Obama's aunt, Zeituni Onyango, testify before the House Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security and International Law in order to address "the public perception that favoritism played a role in the grant of asylum to Ms. Onyango."


In a letter to the chair of the subcommittee, Rep. Zoe Lofgren, King writes that "[i]n order to better determine whether favoritism played a role - especially because Ms. Onyango had been earlier turned down for asylum and ordered deported in 2004 before her nephew became president - the Subcommittee needs to hear from Ms. Onyango herself."

Posted by: charlietuna6661 | June 15, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Look at the comments from the rightwing nutbags. Obama will have nothing to fear in 2012.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | June 15, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

obama is The Second Coming of Jimmy Carter. His entire tenure in office has yielded one disastrous "moment" after another.

Posted by: wmpowellfan | June 15, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

These are the typical nasty posts from the usual suspects; Miserable people who more than likely make all those around them also miserable.
President Obama's life will be OK whether he chooses to run again or not, but these people will be permanently miserable and ugly from the inside out.
Take a minute as I have and try to obtain some element of truth, realism or constructive discourse from their writings. You don't get any just putrid venom and unhappiness.
However, I find solace in knowing Newton's 3d Law has not been repealed.

Posted by: october30 | June 15, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

People like Carter and now Obama, can bring serious problems for decades by their weakness and stupidity!

I believe it Carter that started us down the road of Ethanol or Corn Gasoline!

What a MORON!

Posted by: theaz | June 15, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

"Libs" won't allow drilling where it's safe? Back up for a second. In 2006, a bill was passed that banned new drilling within 50 miles of the coastline. It opened up drilling from 50 to 300 miles off-shore, and made it very easy for oil and gas companies to drill in deep waters, like in the location of the Deepwater Horizon rig.

That bill, called the Deep Ocean Energy Resources Act, was sponsored by Bobby Jindal and introduced to the floor by Richard Pombo--both Republicans. You want to see why oil and gas companies were allowed to drill in unsafe areas with little oversight? Start with that bill.

Posted by: dkp01 | June 15, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Capehart, go peddle your pork chops somewhere else. Nobody really cares what Barry has to say. We have heard it all. Today this fake stood before troops in Pensacola, during oine of his famed photo-ops, and broadcast to the world all the demands he and his cabal will make on BP to ensure the reincarnation of the Gulf Coast. Why did this fraud have a military backdrop? This wasn't about Iraq or Afghanistan. It's about an oil disaster that he still hasn't taken control of. What he really needs to do is to have every single asset, foreign and domestic in Gulf waters, to clean up the mess, and stop assigning blame.

Posted by: jemvbcnyc | June 15, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Capehart, go peddle your pork chops somewhere else. Nobody really cares what Barry has to say. We have heard it all. Today this fake stood before troops in Pensacola, during oine of his famed photo-ops, and broadcast to the world all the demands he and his cabal will make on BP to ensure the reincarnation of the Gulf Coast. Why did this fraud have a military backdrop? This wasn't about Iraq or Afghanistan. It's about an oil disaster that he still hasn't taken control of. What he really needs to do is to have every single asset, foreign and domestic in Gulf waters, to clean up the mess, and stop assigning blame.

Posted by: jemvbcnyc | June 15, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Capeheart, you are truly a naive fool. Notice how carter specifically said we need to rely on coal. obama hates coal and said he would stop the building of coal fired power plants by making them cost prohibitive. "Clean energy" in any substanial form at this time is just not feasible. It is a fantasy about all those so called "green jobs". Just ask Spain how their plan is working.

Posted by: j751 | June 15, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Dear Mr. Capehart, I'm 55 years old and have heard that we are too dependent on oil my entire life (along with teachers are underpaid). If I live to be 105 I will no doubt hear the next secular messiah say the same thing (and teachers will still be underpaid).

Posted by: naughtiusmaximus | June 15, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

It is pretty apparent that the republicans posting on this board think that we have a never ending supply of oil and that they are too lazy to make an effort to change their ways.
They talk about security of our country, yet they have no problem purchasing oil from the middle east and China (all countries in the 'Axis of Evil'). What a crock! Talk is cheap.... Actions speak volumes and all of you right wingers that just want to keep drilling have NO concern for this country. You only have concern for your stinking wallets.. Tell THAT to your grandchildren that will be stuck with the shredded environment once you people finish raping it for every resource just so you can save a few bucks...
Sad...

Posted by: phorse | June 15, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Mr. Capehart for refreshing our memories. And I too agree, Mr Obama will have to bring more to the table than flowery words tonight. It would have been nice to have invested all of our political edge we enjoyed on Obamacare and the Financial crisis into this new fight against foreign aid for oil. I fear we may have run out of steam at this stage to put up yet another battle for the Congress to win. I don't expect we can expect any help from our friends across the aisle on this issue since the majority of them (bushes, cheney, etc.), are in cahoots with the oil industry in the first place. This takes me back to that secret meeting cheney held with all of the energy big-wigs, you can bet they didn't vote to take any money out of their own pockets...

Posted by: WhitneyDavid | June 15, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

A year and a half ago, all the media analogies about President Obama were to Lincoln and Roosevelt.
Only Conservatives back then were reminding people of Obama's similarities to Carter. Of course, that was enough to get you labelled a racist.
Glad to see Mr. Capeheart has come to the same conclusion Conservatives reached long ago.
Better late than never!

Posted by: jfv123 | June 15, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse


All of this comparison of Obama to Carter (or Bush and Katrina) is silly. There are not nearly enough similarities between the two situations or leaders to make legitimate comparisons. And yet our media, rather than investigate anything, just continues to distort reality.

It's interesting how Carter has been demonized for his handling of the Iran hostage crisis in 1979. Part of the media's strategy has been to erase the fact that we actually tried to attack Iran with helicopters and commandos. But the plan had to be aborted midway when the choppers collided in the Iranian desert. I guess this rather bold attempt (though a fiasco through no fault of Carter's) just didn't count for the media, who became obsessed with the word "malaise".

What a joke our journalism is.

Posted by: dougd1 | June 15, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

The difference between 30 years ago and today is that moment of Peak Oil has arrived in the last few years. The world supply of oil will soon be unable to keep pace with demand, and we are likely to see more extreme price spikes followed by crashes, similar to the spike in summer 2008 when the price of oil hit $147 a barrel and following the Great Recession it crashed down to $33.

People didn't want to hear Carter talk about the need to conserve and sacrifice then, and not many of us want to hear Obama say similar things now. But as the price spikes of oil get worse and worse over the next 5-10 years, there will be little Obama or the next President can do. The best thing for individuals to do is to educate themselves about Peak Oil and do what they can to prepare themselves for a future that could unfold quite differently than many of us expect. Those interested can read more about Peak Oil here:
http://www.odac-info.org/peak-oil-primer

Posted by: austin789 | June 15, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

"These are the typical nasty posts from the usual suspects; Miserable people who more than likely make all those around them also miserable.'

Nasty posts indeed. Was the other side "nasty" about Bush? Having memory loss? True, Bush (and all of the US Congress) shoved a nasty Iraq war down our throats. The left has since cried that Bush lied to us about WMD to get approval.

When 80% of the country says we like our current healthcare system and Obama/Pelosi/Reid resort to using a reconciliation trick to shove it down our throats....you just energized the heck out of the masses. People like me (business owner/job creator) write their elected reps for the first time in their lives - in disgust.
Remember when Obama said they "won't use reconciliation" to pass HC? Seems he got comfortable with it when all logic stopped the 60 votes necessary to get it done. Defy logic, shove it down our throats. More "social justice" is on the way....let's get rid of these "elite" who believe all "flyover state rednecks" are too stupid to "govern properly".
The angry folks are the ones who PICK THEMSELVES UP WITH NO GOV'T HELP!!!
Obama panders to those who expect handouts - continuing the cycle of dependence on him and big gov't. The "nanny state" makes our people weaker and kills our chances at ever decreasing the deficit.

Posted by: phall6 | June 15, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Carter had "all" 3 networks cover his speech. I'm not even sure Obama will get that same proportion of coverage today on cable tv?

At least Obama didn't try to convert the USA from feet and inches to the metric system.

Carter was derailed by military incompetence in the desert. Sand got into the engines of birds made to fly in the jungles of Vietnam.

I guess I'll just sit here patiently for some "real" news from the MSM.

No wonder Glenn Beck has a job!

Posted by: tony_in_Durham_NC | June 15, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse


frluke

Your post is typical of the left... Nothing but emotion... No facts, no argument, only hysterical personal attacks.. Thats all you libs have.. You have no ability to engage in intelligent conversation... You would be well suited to post on Oprah.com... Leave the intelligent debate to people with intelligence... Say Hi to Oprah!


Posted by: 2010Rout | June 15, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

There is no question that this President is totaly incompetent and has become a danger to the welfare of the American people... The must end....

Posted by: akeegan2 | June 15, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

This president is totaly incompetent

Posted by: akeegan2 | June 15, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

The main thing to realize is that the country needs another Manhattan type project that developed the nuclear bomb. When and only when we develop a new form of energy that does not rely on fossil fuels will we reduce the actual funding of those who oppose our Republican and Democratic ideals. Coal nor oil are our salvation. A new development of hydrogen or cold fusion that enables us to end hydrocarbon emmissions will lead us to the top of the world again economically and will end the pace of global warming.

This problem was not caused by Obama, or any previous President. It is caused by the fact that we have not developed the new technology that is necessary to lead us into the new age.

Posted by: jwelch5 | June 15, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

some of you people won't be happy until you undress the President..put in a haz-mat suit and gloves and have him picking up oil on the beach..enough of this..this crisis is being managed.. and the Prez is doing the best that he can with the plethora of problems left by the Cheney/Bush Administration.. you folks that whiner Chris Matthews included are getting to be very annoying.. be careful in your haste to minimize the Presidency of the United States ..impressions last forever and our president should not be picked apart and then asked to represent us on the world stage with dignity and might.

Posted by: sabrina2 | June 15, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Carter did pass a windfall profits tax, and what have we to show for it? It raised taxes on domestic prodution and caused imports to increase, not decrease. Obama has an equally brilliant plan, to tax the oil industry and magically "tap into additional gas reserves". Carter and Obama, birds of a feather when it comes to economics.

Posted by: doug7772 | June 15, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Capehart you got it, all of it, exactly right...and the comments here prove it!

The American people are a bunch of spoiled wimps. Where is the desire to fix our energy problems? No one can be bothered to make any personal sacrifice in the interests of strengthening our economy and country. Instead, as the comments show, we spend all of our time with our mouths open trying to blame someone (President Obama)for the situation we're in.

'We have seen the enemy, and he is us!" We'll never get something for nothing and someday we candy-____ Americans will have to do some real work, make some real sacrifices, or our children will inherit a country that is not only financially destitute...but without any form of energy to power it.

Posted by: vagaf31 | June 15, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

The following post should be re-read by the idiot conservatives on this board, people who never let facts get in the way of their stupid rants:

""In 2006, a bill was passed that banned new drilling within 50 miles of the coastline. It opened up drilling from 50 to 300 miles off-shore, and made it very easy for oil and gas companies to drill in deep waters, like in the location of the Deepwater Horizon rig. That bill, called the Deep Ocean Energy Resources Act, was sponsored by (then Congressman, now Governor) Bobby Jindal and introduced to the floor by Richard Pombo--both Republicans.""

Posted by: continental46@aol.com | June 15, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

These are the typical nasty posts from the usual suspects; Miserable people who more than likely make all those around them also miserable.
President Obama's life will be OK whether he chooses to run again or not, but these people will be permanently miserable and ugly from the inside out.
Take a minute as I have and try to obtain some element of truth, realism or constructive discourse from their writings. You don't get any just putrid venom and unhappiness.
However, I find solace in knowing Newton's 3d Law has not been repealed.

Posted by: october30 | June 15, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse
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I could agree more.

The truth is the posts you referred to are just annoying and outright dull because they are more or less all the same; they all fail to be constructive, suggest anything in the way of an actual solution, and the arguments advanced in these posts are almost never consistent.

For instance, conservatives will criticize Obama for not doing enough about the crisis, in other words, they are criticizing big government for not getting involved enough. The only thing worse than the hypocrisy of such statements is their apparently complete and utter lack of awareness of it.

Instead such posts utilize extremely, extremely general statements, cherry picked information robbed of its context, personal attacks directed at the posters and childish plays on Obama's name.

The sad thing is that these posters may have geniune, valid concern & points to make but for people like me, whatever point they are trying to make is completely drowned out by their rather childish tactics. They don't get me to stop and think, they cause me to roll my eyes in annoyance.

Posted by: cjpotter19 | June 15, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

These are the typical nasty posts from the usual suspects; Miserable people who more than likely make all those around them also miserable.
President Obama's life will be OK whether he chooses to run again or not, but these people will be permanently miserable and ugly from the inside out.
Take a minute as I have and try to obtain some element of truth, realism or constructive discourse from their writings. You don't get any just putrid venom and unhappiness.
However, I find solace in knowing Newton's 3d Law has not been repealed.

Posted by: october30 | June 15, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse
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I could agree more.

The truth is the posts you referred to are just annoying and outright dull because they are more or less all the same; they all fail to be constructive, suggest anything in the way of an actual solution, and the arguments advanced in these posts are almost never consistent.

For instance, conservatives will criticize Obama for not doing enough about the crisis, in other words, they are criticizing big government for not getting involved enough. The only thing worse than the hypocrisy of such statements is their apparently complete and utter lack of awareness of it.

Instead such posts utilize extremely, extremely general statements, cherry picked information robbed of its context, personal attacks directed at the posters and childish plays on Obama's name.

The sad thing is that these posters may have geniune, valid concern & points to make but for people like me, whatever point they are trying to make is completely drowned out by their rather childish tactics. They don't get me to stop and think, they cause me to roll my eyes in annoyance.

Posted by: cjpotter19 | June 15, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse


140 days until Election Day. See you at the polls, Dims.

Posted by: screwjob16 | June 15, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

"These are the typical nasty posts from the usual suspects; Miserable people who more than likely make all those around them also miserable.'

Nasty posts indeed. Was the other side "nasty" about Bush? Having memory loss?
Posted by: phall6
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Do any of you Bush enablers ever get tired of whining about the imaginary meanies that hurt the po' widdle Bush administration.?As if that justifies your hateful, mendacious rhetoric. And about that amnesia - wingnuts like you must have set a world record in the amount of time it took for you to forget the mess left at the White House by Bush and Co. It must be nice living in your lily white dream world, pretending that the decline of the economy and the war were all Obama's fault. Good for you...

Posted by: LABC | June 15, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

I couldn't agree more.

The truth is the posts you referred to are just annoying and outright dull because they are more or less all the same; they all fail to be constructive, suggest anything in the way of an actual solution, and the arguments advanced in these posts are almost never consistent.

For instance, conservatives will criticize Obama for not doing enough about the crisis, in other words, they are criticizing big government for not getting involved enough. The only thing worse than the hypocrisy of such statements is their apparently complete and utter lack of awareness of it.

Instead such posts utilize extremely, extremely general statements, cherry picked information robbed of its context, personal attacks directed at the posters and childish plays on Obama's name.

The sad thing is that these posters may have geniune, valid concern & points to make but for people like me, whatever point they are trying to make is completely drowned out by their rather childish tactics. They don't get me to stop and think, they cause me to roll my eyes in annoyance.

Posted by: cjpotter19 | June 15, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse
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140 days until Election Day. See you at the polls, Dims.

Posted by: screwjob16 | June 15, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse
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Dims?

Thank you for proving my point.

Posted by: cjpotter19 | June 15, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

140 days until Election Day. See you at the polls, Dims.

Posted by: screwjob16 |
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Wow, you can count - just proves that homeschooling once the bars have closed does work. Now if you can figure out the letters "F.O" mean, you can pass 3rd grade...

Oh, and say hi to your Mom, Dim, for me. She still working the polls?

Posted by: LABC | June 15, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Carter's energy policy efforts were the only initiatives of his administration which I admired. Regrettably he didn't have the muscle to make them happen. For that we needed an LBJ or Ronald Reagan. Carter, like Obama, ran as an outsider; which seems good politics until you have to work inside the beltway. Presidents must work within the system, and must coddle or coerce others to do their bidding. The bailouts and health care may have used up all of Obama's ability to do either and thus make energy reform a non-starter from the get-go.

Posted by: MadJack1 | June 15, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Personally I will thoroughly enjoy the November elections when all the naysayers, bald-faced liars, and "do-nothing" conservatives discover that simply wishing will not fix what they perceive as the problem. Maybe Beck and Limbaugh will be speechless; deservedly so, but I doubt their ability to recognize reality.

I, for one, would be overjoyed to find one of these nay-saying bloggers here who would willingly close their mouth and actually do something to fix our problems. Oh, you mean working is harder than wagging your tongue?

Posted by: vagaf31 | June 15, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

For the president and congress to do the difficult things that need to be done they will anger a large number of people. I doubt that congress has the political courage to do much of anything. I think Obama is very courgaeous and willing to do the right think even though it angers people but he can't do it alone. And the biggest problem is always the people who want everything easy. They want the president and congress to fix everything then they go nuts about big government taking over when they do it. Really, the American people need a big brother to just ignore them and do the right thing.

Posted by: bgormley1 | June 15, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Carter did not have a BP in his scenario.In his speech tonight Obama will enact a political drama portraying the oil company as the worst villain imaginable and demanding all kinds of repations from it.After that he will muddle along as before till the end of his term.

Posted by: vismorge | June 15, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Carter did not have a BP in his scenario.In his speech tonight Obama will enact a political drama portraying the oil company as the worst villain imaginable and demanding all kinds of repations from it.After that he will muddle along as before till the end of his term.

Posted by: vismorge | June 15, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Until Libs and the granola eaters get serious about accepting Fission power and ultimately Fusion, we will be dependent on Fossil fuels, period. Solar and Wind technology will not replace coal and gas power plants. And the NIMBY crap has got to change. You want power, you have to put up with the power plants in your area. We all need to quit making it so damn hard to build an nuclear power plant. Otherwise, we better just "Drill, Baby Drill!!!!"

Posted by: Yeahright2 | June 15, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Since the day Obama was elected the GOP and Conservatives have been looking for any and every way to bring him down to make him look bad even in the eyes of the world. God they hate losing!

They have NEVER stopped Campaigning. The GOP and Conservatives NEVER give constructive criticism is all they keep saying is that they could do it better.

Well so far in my life time they gave us Joe McCarthy, Nixon the bum and crook, two Bush President's both swaggering idiots, Sarah Palin and a host of other crooks and incompetents.

The GOP also gave us a rush to an illegal war with Iraq a move that was totally unconstitutional.

They never really tried to find Osama and to justify the war in Iraq they back tracked (flip-flopped as the GOP would say) and gave us a host of excuses including Al Quaida all of which were nothing more than exercises in politics.

The war they gave us helped drive the deficit up (now they blame that on Obama)they gave nice big tax cuts to their RICH friends in 2003 that drove the deficit up even further and gave us much deregulation that provoked the worst recession since the depression.

Now their doing their best Nazi impressions in states like Arizona.

Many continue to take shots at those of us who support Obama saying we think he's a secular messiah while they continue to pound on him for not having a magic wand (they all have wand envy anyway) to solve all the problems the Republicans left us with.

If the GOP and Conservatives really cared about OUR country (and get use to it, this country belongs to all of us, progressives included) they would work with the majority party instead they criticize and campaign and that's all they've done.

Their cure for the economy is more tax cuts to make rich people richer. Heaven forbid Sarah Palin or Rush Limbaugh should pay taxes on their millions. They even show their disdain for the poor people in this country.

They profess to believe that government is THE problem while blaming the government on the other hand for not doing enough to solve problems.

I can't believe anyone thinks that McCain and Palin would have been good for this country.

I haven't heard either one step up to the plate and give good solid ideas on how they would have fixed the economy nor have they given us any constructive ideas on which of their messiahs (would Sarah have tried to pray the problem away or would McCain walk on water and swim to the depths) would have healed the rupture in the ocean floor that is now spewing oil and destroying a good deal of our shore line.

So for God's sake instead of politicizing everything and bemoaning their losses in the last two elections why don't they act as though they care and put forth ideas and energy that would help restore this country to it's former glory.

Obama is right though. Every time one of you fills up your SUV, pickup truck, Mercedes Ben or snowmobile just remember that you are funding the terrorists.

Posted by: davidbronx | June 15, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Commenters: Most of you appear to be sick. Is this the sort of thing you like to do during the day? Do you think you're going to convert anyone with these simple minded, vile attacks on the president and our government?

Posted by: crawfam | June 15, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

You have to pity the wingnuts posting here. What is it like, do you think, to live in their hate-filled alternate reality?

Posted by: gposner | June 15, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

We are not attacking our government. We are attacking the President's incompetence. As many have said, Obama is in way over his head. The Presidency is too big for a community organizer and a socialist one at that.

Posted by: shel_zahav | June 15, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

You have to pity the wingnuts posting here. What is it like, do you think, to live in their hate-filled alternate reality?

Posted by: gposner


NAACP, Black Panthers, MoveOn, DailyKook, Code Pink, Reverend Wright, Reverend Sharpton, Reverend Jackson, Van Jones, Bill Ayers-YOU TELL ME!

"IMAGINE........NO LIBERALS"

Posted by: cschotta1 | June 15, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Thanks a bunch for the video. It took me thirty years to get that nightmarish Carter presidency out of my head. Now it's all coming back.

Nice fist-pumping. Wow, you really showed us how SERIOUS you were, huh?

What an awful president Carter was. Not much has changed.

Posted by: johnwp | June 15, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Jimmy Carter told the truth, and so will Obama. Problem is, the right-wingers CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH.

They just want some new Ronald Reagan to ride in on a white horse, wearing rose-colored glasses, tell them that it's "morning in america", and open up the national credit card so we can all have another crack-party.

I hate republicans.

Posted by: kurthunt | June 15, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

You have to pity the wingnuts posting here. What is it like, do you think, to live in their hate-filled alternate reality?

Posted by: gposner

Go F UK yourself lib. You are America's weakest link. Actually believing Carter has got to be the dumbest statement I've heard in quite a while. DC, New Orleans, LA, Chicago and Detroit-that is what you get when liberals are in charge. Reality sux, eh lib?

"IMAGINE A WORLD FREE OF LIBERALS"

Posted by: cschotta1 | June 15, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Obama is living in a community-activist, left-wing, victim bubble. He is far divorced from reality, and he can not lead when he himself is lost. Obama will continue to flounder.

Posted by: pgr88 | June 15, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

The US political policy is shaped by Insane religious bias...

Recently MinnieB9 wrote wondering why the people complaining about israel and agreeing with helen thomas are not as upset over the partition of her pakistan from india.

I would differentiate these two occurences as follows...

First Pakistan muslim's took the western realm of india and left the heart of india to the hindus.

Second, I believe islam judaism and christianity are all equally false and murderous, and deserving of all criticism that are unfortunatley excused by virolent religious bias of the brain.

The US political policy is shaped by Insane religious bias...

Posted by: ryan_heart | June 15, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

The Texas Oil Cartels are not about to let America move away from OIL!!! Let's be serious for a moment, millions of American families depend on the Oil industry for jobs. The reason oil companies prefer drilling in the ocean is because crude gushes out fairly easy compared to land based drilling. Discovery channel showed a documentary where an oil Man said that were too many dry holes in land based drilling or there was not enough crude to pay for the cost of drilling.
The real FIX for America is I along with my neighbors need to consume less oil products.

Posted by: Randy9 | June 15, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

"IMAGINE A WORLD FREE OF LIBERALS"

Posted by: cschotta1
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Why? you live in one - i imagine a book-free, cheeto infested, undereducated hovel with you sitting in filth, trying to follow Glen Beck's dry drunk ramblings.

BTW, South Carolina is a prime example what you get when folks like you run things. So F you, m'kay, simp?

Posted by: LABC | June 15, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

eh lib?

"IMAGINE A WORLD FREE OF LIBERALS"

Posted by: cschotta1
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Image what the country was like before reactionary "Christian" white extremists hijacked both the GoP and poor old Jesus as well.

Posted by: areyousaying | June 15, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

If Obama mentions electric vehicles as the future, he will go down as a moron.

If he talks about natural gas as a transition fuel, he will finally be getting the picture.

Posted by: primegrop | June 15, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

if only a speech could save obama the president where it saved obama the candidate.

Posted by: dummypants | June 15, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Carter's speech(es) remain strikingly depressing even to this day. That such a hunched-over, lecturing Mr. Rogers knockoff subsequently went on to become a huge booster for Hamas and the Palestinians tells you pretty much everything you need to know about all three of them.

And the point about Carter's silly ethanol fixation is a good one -- Obama has also resurrected that idea with disastrous results. In addition to converting our own food into a bad gas knockoff (which burns almost as much energy in being converted to ethanol as it subsequent delivers), its higher acid content wreaks havoc on incompatible fuel systems. Which is most of them. As a guy who had to spend $2000 replacing all the fuel lines and engine on my boat as they literally crumbled into granular powder after a few weeks of running on higher ethanol, I have to say the overall efficiency and cost savings of the concept seems pretty lacking.

Posted by: zippyspeed | June 15, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

The Post should restrict commenting. The same mindless ideological rants are posted to every article.

Posted by: mwalsh3a | June 15, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Why are people so worried. We'll become less dependent of foreign when that oil becomes expensive. Once oil becomes more expensive than clean energy people will switch. Give it time and the market will dictate what energy source people use.

Posted by: BradG | June 15, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

eh lib?

"IMAGINE A WORLD FREE OF LIBERALS"

Posted by: cschotta1
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Image what the country was like before reactionary "Christian" white extremists hijacked both the GoP and poor old Jesus as well.

Posted by: areyousaying


Yawn!

Posted by: cschotta1 | June 15, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

IMAGINE A WORLD FREE OF LIBERALS"

Posted by: cschotta1
**************************
Why? you live in one - i imagine a book-free, cheeto infested, undereducated hovel with you sitting in filth, trying to follow Glen Beck's dry drunk ramblings.

BTW, South Carolina is a prime example what you get when folks like you run things. So F you, m'kay, simp?

Posted by: LABC


LMAO!! Detroit, LA, DC, Chicago and New Orleans is what you get when you have liberalism. It is a mental illness that promotes dependency, no desire to achieve, no desire to be independent! High crime, uneducated blacks, high taxes and failing schools, that is what you get with liberals in charge. Reality sux, eh loser?

LIBERALISM....AMERICA'S WEAKEST LINK!

PS-Hey lib, the only good lib is a dead one!

Posted by: cschotta1 | June 15, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Terrible article: your contribution to the right-wing campaign against Pres Obama. This disaster was caused by a reckless "drill baby drill" policy pursued by the oil monopoly and its Republican sponsors. Obama will force a solution, which includes, no more offshore drilling.

Posted by: dudh | June 15, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

The point is, that we should have listened to Pres. Carter and re-elected him. If we did, we would likely not be in this mess... Reagan really screwed us in so many ways...

Posted by: bodhibabe | June 15, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

I don't think there has been a more destructive, anti-american group going thatn the despicable, neanderthal republican party.

The country has never been so divided, all initiated with Bush. Since then, it's gotten uglier. Hell, the hate radio talking heads are doing nothing but trolling for an assasin when they speak.

As destructive as the war at any cost, pro business, anti people, pro rich, screw everyone else GOP, and as hard as i pounded pavement for democrats last election (Hillary supporter, but anti GOP voter) Obama has proven me right.

My concern wasn't that Obama was black, as much as he thought he was green.

He has proven to be a spineless coward taking god-awful advice from his inner circle.

In an effort to move past things, he decides to allow war criminals and now environmental terrorists Bush and Cheney to bash him between Filet Mignon dinners, instead of hanging them from the gallows.

Despite this, the republicans didn't flinch, they attack Obama viciously if someone farts or if it rains. Screw these republicans, hang them now. Too spineless.

Healthcare. utterly spineless in letting the discussion disintegrate into obscene perversions that CNN and Fox ran with 24/7, selling those perversions with the same zest as when they told us Iraq was at the point of nuking us. Utterly spineless in abandining the public option.

BP. Same spineless leadership as the previous two examples.

No more spineless leadership, Mr. Obama. We need someone with more stones than you, like a Hillary Clinton.

I refuse to vote republican, even at the point of a gun, and will vote democratic candidates, but not Obama.

Smart guy maybe. Pathetic display of leadership on all fronts beyond a shadow of any doubt.

You won't see anything new with his Oval Office address at all. Why? Why now? Even so, too little too late.

Sorry, Sir.

Posted by: jfern03 | June 15, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Obama's "Carter Moment" will come in November of 2011 when he becomes a lame duck first-term president just like Jimmy Carter.

Posted by: JCM-51 | June 15, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Jimmy Carter is an apt metaphor for the idiot Obama. All talk and no action. Carter gutted the military to the point that they didn't even have enough combat ready equipment to complete Operation Eagle Claw. Obama and his cronies make sure that domestc energy production remains gutted so that we have to rely on foreign oil sold to us by his Muslim brothers.

Obama gave away Yucca Mountain to (soon to be former) Senator Harry Reid and to assure that there can be no safe, clean nuclear energy production. He makes sure that we can't drill in ANWR or in shallow water. He makes sure that we can't use America's almost limitless coal reserves. Obama won't even let windmills be built because they might kill a bird or because they might be visable from the Kennedy compound.

Thank God that November is right around the corner so that Obama's plan to destroy the country will come to a screeching halt. Then in 2012 Obama can go back to being a community agitator.

Posted by: oldno7 | June 15, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

President Obama is too smart to do the right thing.

Posted by: bobbo2 | June 15, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

O'Bama is an incompetent loser. I rememeber the days of Jimmy Carter and have to say O'Donkey is way, way more pathetic.

Posted by: knight1977 | June 15, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

I believe the statement that none of Carter's points were met is incorrect. Point four, reducing oil used for electric generation has been exceeded. Not anything to do with Carter, just economics.

Posted by: Observer21 | June 15, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Carter was on the right track but like Obama he calls for retreat and submission.Americans will fix any problem as needed. Government is not equiped to pick winners and losers in the energy business as they have proven in healthcare and social security,home mortgages and more recently war.

Posted by: jmounday | June 15, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Cheap thrill are on Capehart's menu tonight. Really incisive analysis - for a third grader.

Posted by: st50taw | June 15, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Some of you really need to try to get off your addiction to oil. Some of you need to get off your addiction to hateful comments.
Some of you really need to get a life.

Posted by: mcdonalsherry | June 15, 2010 7:56 PM | Report abuse

I have another script for this story. That it was the failure of the American people more than Jimmy Carter, that we viewed the American lifestyle as not negotiable, and that any politician that tells the people it is not sustainable will be crucified at the polling booth.
So have at it pundits.

Posted by: steveandjanereed1 | June 15, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Just saw the speech.

No command or control. Like he was doing a advertisement voiceover for dreamyland.

Spineless. Sorry, sir.

Posted by: jfern03 | June 15, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

I'm tired of people bashing Jimmy Carter. The Iranians hated him with a passion and that's why those hostages were freed the day Reagan was sworn in. It had nothing to do with them fearing Reagan. (If Cheney couldn't make them soil their robes, Reagan certainly lacked the capacity). The deal for the release was worked out by the Carter administration, and purposely delayed by Iran until the day he left office. Conservatives continue to ignore this because it serves to enhance Reagan's presidency. The truth is, Reagan's first acts in office were to do the bidding of the oil companies and revoke all the environmental regulations and alternate energy development promoted during Carter's presidency. We would not be in today's Gulf crisis, the Gulf crisis of yesteryear, nor Iraq, nor paying the ridiculous cost of today's gas if Reagan had just left those accomplishments stand. Carter has said some newsworthy things I don't agree with since he left office, but his hammering a few nails did more for humankind than most presidents achieve once they're out of office. Incidentally, if there hadn't been that sandstorm that caused things to go bad, we'd all still be proud of the rescue attempt.

Posted by: psst_limbaugh_keep-ranting_satan | June 15, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

"Do any of you Bush enablers ever get tired of whining about the imaginary meanies that hurt the po' widdle Bush administration.?As if that justifies your hateful, mendacious rhetoric."

The left provided eight years of hateful, mendacious rhetoric. Now you rail over two years of reaping what you've sown...

:D

It is human nature to return kindness with kindness and civility with civility, but you seem offended that when you yell "Haters! Racists! Naughty-Persons!" only your choir yells "Amen!"

Posted by: deadmanwalking | June 15, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

The right-wing posts here demonstrate that “Conservatism” has degenerated into merely an attack strategy. It may have been a real political philosophy at one time, but not now. They are always demanding a factual debate, but they abandoned the process of factual investigation, logic and real debate structure a long time ago. They cannot recognize a fact unless it jibes with the preconceived and predigested notions they get from hostile ranting hucksters in the media. How can they “love America” when they hate at least 50% of the people in this country, the President and most public servants? They also love to refer to themselves as “We the People” and as members of “a Republic, not a Democracy”. Hmm…People…Republic…People’s Republic! Sounds like socialism to me!

Posted by: blzebub23 | June 16, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

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