Oil Spill Crisis

Analysis Of Barack Obama’s Speech: Was It Too Complex For His Audience?

A language expert has done a full analysis of President Obama’s Tuesday night speech, which was criticized by pundits on the Left and the Right, but upon later developments on Wednesday–including the agreement of British Petroleum Corporation to set up an escrow account of $20 billion without a cap–second thoughts on the effectiveness of the speech have emerged!

It is disturbing, however, that the language expert believes that the President’s speech was “too professorial for his audience!”

What is too professorial? Apparently, speaking at a 9.8 grade level is such, which is quite a commentary on the educational level of the American people! That is the end of the freshman year of high school, nearing the sophomore year!

Also, having four sentences on the average per paragraph, with about 19.8 words per sentence, is too complex for those listening! Apparently, the way Obama spoke was “aloof” and “out of touch” with his audience!

This speech prevented an emotional connection to the American people, according to the language expert!

Obama’s “best” speech, apparently, was his 2008 “Yes We Can!” victory speech, which comes in at a level of 7.4, early part of the seventh grade reading level!

If after all of the educational opportunities that have been offered in recent years, the best we can get is early high school as the level required to communicate with an audience, then we are indeed in sad shape educationally in this country!

But then again, is there anything new about that assertion? 🙁

“The Buck Stops Here!” Barack Obama And The BP Crisis!

President Obama is visiting the Gulf States for the fourth time today and tomorrow, and will be delivering his first Oval Office address tomorrow night on the Oil Spill crisis. Then on Wednesday, he will have an Oval Office meeting with the top leadership of the British Petroleum Corporation, the topic being what is now easily the greatest environmental disaster in US history finishing eight weeks without resolution!

Obama has a reputation of being unemotional and wanting to remain a “nice guy” and always rational. But in this crisis, now to be considered the greatest crisis he has faced, bar none, he needs to show a tough side and to be demanding and condemning of BP, in order to get quicker resolution of the crisis, while holding the corporation completely responsible financially and legally for the loss of jobs and the killing of wildlife and the destruction of the tourism of the Gulf States!

Obama needs to be like Harry Truman at the time of labor strikes when he threatened to draft strikers into the US Army! He needs to be like John F. Kennedy when he confronted an inflationary price increase in the steel industry by throwing down the gauntlet to the steel companies and having concessions made by them under public condemnation!

There is no room for doubt or hesitancy for Barack Obama. His entire legacy may be based on the way he handles this crisis, and he must not worry what the critics say! This is one time when the federal government must assert its supremacy, no matter what states rights fanatics might declare to be unacceptable!

America must be run by its national government, not the corporations which have been running amuck in the past thirty years, and need tight discipline and regulation for the benefit of the American people!

The Key Moment In Obama’s Presidency May Be Right Now!

President Obama has faced many complex issues in his first 16 months in office, but ironically, it could be the twin crises now facing him that determine the long range view of his Presidency!

These crises are the British Petroleum oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the failed Times Square terrorist bombing attempt in New York City.

How these two crises work out will be seen as a crossroads in history, as the issue of the danger to our economy and environment represented by the catastrophic oil spill, and the growing threat of internal terrorism by people who reside in the United States hits upon the major insecurities and anxieties that most Americans have!

If we do not have economic stability, protection of the environment, and safety and security on an every day basis, what else really matters to most Americans?

This is not a partisan or political issue alone! It is the crux of what all Americans have on their minds on a daily basis, as what we used to be able to take for granted is no longer guaranteed!

Any President is faced with circumstances he has no control over, but the way he reacts to these situations could lower his public opinion ratings dramatically and sometimes permanently, and can mark his Presidency in history for all time as a success or a failure!