There has been a lot of talk about President Obama needing to get angry over the oil spill. Finally, when reading this post by Greg Sargent, I got really thinking about it. Here’s what Greg said:
Sorry Mr. President, your latest display of anger about the Gulf spill, in a new interview with Larry King, just won’t cut it:
“I am furious at this entire situation,” he said. “Somebody didn’t think through the consequences of their actions and it is imperiling not just a handful of people. This is imperiling an entire way of life and an entire region for potentially years.”
Has BP felt his anger?
“They have felt the anger,” he said.
Nope, it’s not good enough for you to say you’re furious, Mr. President. Kick something. Smash a camera with your bare hands. Vulcan Death Grip rhetoric just won’t do.
One of the big selling points of candidate Obama was what a cool customer he was. He didn’t have to go out there and yell and scream. He could control his anger.
I have no doubt that the President is furious over this spill. Who wouldn’t be? But what would a visibly angry Obama really accomplish? Will it get BP shaking in their boots and saying; “OK – we really have to stop the leak now. Go ahead and do the real plan we had all along.” I highly doubt it.
There’s only one thing I could think of that an angry President Obama would bring – talking points. The right would suck it up as “the President has anger issues” and the media lapdogs will follow along, complete with segments of different “experts” playing Dr. Phil on the reaction of Obama. Look how they reacted when Howard Dean started yelling just so people could hear him over the crowd.
So I really don’t want Obama out there yelling, screaming and breaking things. Instead I want our President in front of the cameras as much as possible explaining what is being done to stop this disaster, clean it up, bring BP to justice and prevent future disasters like this. That’s what we need right now, and the President hasn’t been doing enough of it.