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Tweeting the Obama Oval Office address

President Barack Obama will address the country tonight on his Administration's ongoing attempt to contain the oil spill in the Gulf Coast, an important moment from a policy and political perspective as he seeks to pivot from the defense he has largely played on the issue to date.

Since this is such a major moment -- it's Obama's first Oval Office address -- we decided to bring out the big gun: we will be live tweeting the address starting at 8 pm at "The Hyper Fix" on Twitter. You can either follow us there or simply scroll down in this post for the ten latest 140-character missives.

In the meantime, we surveyed a small group of senior operatives to get their thoughts on just what Obama needs to accomplish tonight.

A sampling of their suggestions are below. Enjoy and we'll see you back here at 8 pm.

* Democratic consultant Carter Eskew: "The spill must mark the beginning of something -- much the way Sputnik triggered the moon shot. JFK didn't just kick ass and win the monkey into space race; he told us we were going to the moon. Similarly, for Obama, the Gulf should be the beginning of a comprehensive drive for clean energy with a bold goal at the forefront."

* Former Virginia Republican Rep. Tom Davis: "He needs to outline, unapologetically, the problems and frustrations he has faced and be CANDID about the future. He has not, repeat NOT, managed expectations well, and he is paying a price."

* Democratic pollster Mark Penn: "The president needs to explain how BP will be held fully accountable for the spill, not the taxpayers. He should vow to stop the oil flow in 30 days no matter what. And then pivot to how America can meet the energy challenge by switching from being the worlds biggest consumer of energy to the biggest producer of new energy innovations."

* Democratic strategist Chris LeHane: "A simple, easy to understand, broader vision. Thus, not just a 'teachable moment' but a moment to provide some bigger sense of where we need to go as a country in terms of our energy policy going forward."

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    How do you rate Obama's address to tackle the gulf coast oil spill? VOTE

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    Posted by: usadblake | June 15, 2010 11:51 PM | Report abuse

    IF OBAMA DID HIS JOB CORRECTLY, THE MMS SAFETY INSPECTIONS WOULD HAVE BEEN DONE PROPERLY AND THE OIL RIG EXPLOSION WOULD HAVE NEVER HAPPENED.


    This Oil Spill is the DIRECT RESULT OF OBAMA'S INCOMPETENCE, HIS INEXPERIENCE, AND HIS LACK OF QUALIFICATIONS.


    If you hire someone who is not qualified for job, and they mess up, you are responsible too.


    So clearly EVERYONE WHO VOTED FOR OBAMA IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS OIL SPILL - BECAUSE THE SAFETY INSPECTIONS WERE NOT DONE PROPERLY - BECAUSE OBAME IS INCOMPETENT.


    Experience matters.


    Qualifications matter.


    Obama had neither - and the democrats just ignored that and pushed Obama in anyway.

    Posted by: 37thand0street | June 15, 2010 11:43 PM | Report abuse

    "The Katrina revisionism that exists is ridiculous. The National Guard was in New Orleans the same week. The same week."

    Yup, the same week. We sure did enjoy the weather for those five days that people were dying in the Superdome.

    Posted by: DDAWD | June 15, 2010 11:16 PM | Report abuse

    Join the Boycott to Ban 37th
    Now !

    Posted by: leichtman1 | June 15, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

    Goddamit Chris this nitwit is just jamming this place. There is no earthly reason to do the same post over and over. You banned Jake for doing the same thing with "that isn't begging," why does this burned out meth addict get to go on jamming this blog, month after month?

    Posted by: Noacoler | June 15, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse


    Obama's speech was a failure -


    Do you feel motivated ?


    Yea, I feel motivated to vote against Obama and the democrats

    ______________________________


    Obama's solutions:


    1) Raise Taxes


    2) Create a National Commission to study the problem


    3) Raise Taxes even more.

    .

    Posted by: 37thand0street | June 15, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

    Is it possible to fall asleep in 18 minutes?


    Obama's speech was ALL ABOUT OBAMA SAVING HIMSELF POLITICALLY -

    The speech was not about solving anything

    Obama's speech was a failure -


    Do you feel motivated ?


    Yea, I feel motivated to vote against Obama and the democrats

    ______________________________


    Obama's solutions:


    1) Raise Taxes


    2) Create a National Commission to study the problem


    3) Raise Taxes even more.

    .

    Posted by: 37thand0street | June 15, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

    yeah etpietro poor GeorgeW, nobody but you knucklewalkers recognized his genius. Really, he was very engaged, compassionate, intelligent, and detail-oriented but there's a vicious conspiracy to make him Look Bad.

    Go fellate a tailpipe.

    Posted by: Noacoler | June 15, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

    It's not that Bush didn't stop Hurricane Katrina, it's that he ignored it for days, going to a country music shindig while people were clambering onto cars to keep from drowning, and then acted with callous indifference to the people huddled in shelters.

    ______________________________________

    And Obama did anything different....for 60 DAYS????

    The Katrina revisionism that exists is ridiculous. The National Guard was in New Orleans the same week. The same week.

    Obama hasn't been in charge of anything, despite his protestations to the contrary. I will give him credit for tonight pointing out some ways in which his administration is taking or will take charge, but to claim that he was in any significant way engaged in this disaster until he started getting lambasted by James Carville and the media is laughable on its face.

    Posted by: etpietro | June 15, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse

    RE: "The NY Times mocked Steven Chu, the Nobel Prize in Physicis being clueless on anything related to the oil spill. The guy actually asked why was the oil coming out of the hole!!!"
    Posted by: Cornell1984


    Actually in the direct citation below it is clear that Noble Laureate Chu was asking why the oil continued to leak from around the new cap as it was placed to gather all the oil from the well. There is no mocking except in your phony and inaccurate posting.

    "This cap was designed with rubbery materials and soft metal to seal against the flange that joins the riser pipe to the preventer stack, but the flange has bolts of different sizes and heights. “It’s all problematic,” the technician said, describing the switch in caps as a scramble.

    The technician said that shortly after the cap was successfully placed, Dr. Chu wondered aloud why oil was still spewing from around the bottom. Engineers had to tell him that the leaks were expected, at least initially." NY TIMES

    Posted by: mariewilson11 | June 15, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

    If the strategists' comments (in article above) mean anything, Obama accomplished all their recommendations.

    Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 15, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

    It is way past the time to Ban 37th from this site, precisely the way Jake was banned. Out of Control constant spamming of this site must end now. He has taken over and abused its rules and our patience.

    Join the Boycott to Ban 37th.

    NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted by: leichtman1 | June 15, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

    Good speech. Hard to make this sort of speech thing great. Americans have become so used to being told they never need to sacrifice, that it will be tough to get us back to that mindset. And yeah, we need to do it. Alternative energy, taxing carbon, whatever. Five degrees of global warming will make this oil spill seem like nothing.

    But he was good at sounding forceful and yet coaxing Americans to a higher cause. The free lunch days of Reagan are long gone. I think Obama made the sale, even if its fleeting before the punditocracy gets to it.

    Posted by: DDAWD | June 15, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

    I liked the speech. Especially, when the President dealt directly with the licensing of the rig and the MMS problems. Very smart.

    The President came across as strong, effective, and realistic.

    Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 15, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

    Cornell


    It has now come out that BP should have had some measurements on the pressure of the well - measurements from before the explosion.

    So using those measurements - BP should have been able to more accurately make an estimate of the oil leak.


    Obama should resign - because his people were not CONDUCTING THE SAFETY INSPECTIONS CORRECTLY ON THIS BP OIL RIG.

    Obama has to take personal responsibility.

    And every person who votes for him is responsible for his inexperience and lack of qualifications.


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    Posted by: 37thand0street | June 15, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

    The NY Times mocked Steven Chu, the Nobel Prize in Physicis being clueless on anything related to the oil spill. The guy actually asked why was the oil coming out of the hole!!!

    This is a joke.

    Posted by: Cornell1984 | June 15, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

    Obama's speech was a failure -


    Do you feel motivated ?

    Yea, I feel motivated to vote against Obama and the democrats


    ______________________________

    Obama's solutions:

    1) Raise Taxes


    2) Create a National Commission to study the problem


    3) Raise Taxes even more.

    .

    Posted by: 37thand0street | June 15, 2010 8:23 PM | Report abuse

    Every American should be OPPOSED to Obama using the Gulf Oil Spill to advance MORE TAXES.


    This is an absolute joke.

    All Obama wants to do IS RAISE YOUR TAXES.

    If the democrats want higher taxes, why don't they just send their monty to the government, and leave the rest of us alone.

    .

    Posted by: 37thand0street | June 15, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

    Every American should be OPPOSED to Obama using the Gulf Oil Spill to advance MORE TAXES.


    This is an absolute joke.

    All Obama wants to do IS RAISE YOUR TAXES.

    If the democrats want higher taxes, why don't they just send their monty to the government, and leave the rest of us alone.

    .

    Posted by: 37thand0street | June 15, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

    f ucking burnout

    Posted by: Noacoler | June 15, 2010 8:08 PM | Report abuse

    Every American should be OPPOSED to Obama using the Gulf Oil Spill to advance MORE TAXES.


    This is an absolute joke.

    All Obama wants to do IS RAISE YOUR TAXES.

    If the democrats want higher taxes, why don't they just send their monty to the government, and leave the rest of us alone.

    .

    Posted by: 37thand0street | June 15, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

    Every American should be OPPOSED to Obama using the Gulf Oil Spill to advance MORE TAXES.

    This is an absolute joke.


    All Obama wants to do IS RAISE YOUR TAXES.


    If the democrats want higher taxes, why don't they just send their monty to the government, and leave the rest of us alone.

    .

    Posted by: 37thand0street | June 15, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

    Obama wants to DOUBLE YOUR ELECTRICITY BILL.

    That will not solve the problem with Obama's people not doing the Oil Rig Safety Inspections.


    But Obama wants to raise your taxes anyway.


    How much further out-of-touch with America can Obama go ?

    .

    .

    Posted by: 37thand0street | June 15, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

    " In the meantime, we surveyed a small group of senior operatives to get their thoughts on just what Obama needs to accomplish tonight. "

    I see you have picked a broad and representative group for opinions. Of course you have tried to stay within your own personal intelectual peer group. If I am not mistaken, one or two of these intellectual giants have IQ's way up their in the double digits. I'm impressed. Must make you feel inferior though. Don't worry, most of Barry Soetoros (aka Mohamed Obama - the great Dremocratic Party bowel movement)'s supporters are single digit geniuses like you.

    Just as an aside - do you orient your autographed prayer carpet to Mecca, or to the real centre of the Universe, Barry 'just kiss my a.s.s.' "obama".

    Chris. Unlike those folks out there with functioning brains who believe you have lost your mind, I believe that just like your hero 'pinochio' Soetoro, a colonmoscopy will reveal that it is just misplaced. Didn't your mother tell you not to eat the darn thing!!!!!

    Posted by: armagedon | June 15, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

    It's not that Bush didn't stop Hurricane Katrina, it's that he ignored it for days, going to a country music shindig while people were clambering onto cars to keep from drowning, and then acted with callous indifference to the people huddled in shelters.

    I don't see Mike Brown as the villain he's painted; actual evidence shows that he was a lot more engaged than he's been painted, but he served as a fall guy for Bush, who really didn't give a damn.

    Posted by: Noacoler | June 15, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

    Excellent! Perhaps Chris-bama will explain how Bush is to be condemned for not stopping a hurricane and Obama is to be excused for not stopping oil flowing from a nine inch pipe.

    Posted by: grohlik | June 15, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

    Ever considered "reporting" instead of "tweeting?"

    Just a thought.

    But I guess when you do nothing but cherry-pick and mislead to shill for Republican, the image of a canary fluttering around McConnell and Boehner is proabably apt.

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

    "He should vow to stop the oil flow in 30 days no matter what."
    Now I know why Hillary lost.

    Posted by: JRM2 | June 15, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

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