Priorities: Obama Gives Four Times the Attention to GOP as Oil Spill in Speech
5:10 PM, Jun 2, 2010 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
I noted earlier that it sure felt like Obama was spending very little of his speech today on his purported top priority— the oil spill in the Gulf. The transcript is below the fold (also here), but here are the totals:
If one were generous, one could extend the oil spill word-count to 345 words if one included a paragraph on the general dangers of drilling, but after that Obama pivots to his standard cap-and-trade pitch.
So, the party out of power was somewhere between two and four times more important than the economy-threatening, ecosystem-strangling, gigantic oil spill, which is Obama's No. 1 priority. (There's a joke in there somewhere for a liberal blogger about understanding the president's inability to differentiate between two overpowering, slimy forces of greed. Bum-dump-ching! Fun with partisan stereotypes.)
Obama doesn't have to talk about the oil spill for the whole speech (though talking about it a bit more than this would certainly help perceptions). The problem here is that the oil spill comes in so very far behind something as petty as complaining about John Boehner.
Boehner apparently wasn't flattered by the elevation of his party above the president's No. 1 priority:
I don't know if he's diminishing the office, but he's certainly tarnishing his own image, and not fixing the narrative that he's more concerned with politics than the oil spill. The whole speech felt like a giant non sequitur.
Update: It's like Obama's trying to take Spike Lee's advice—"One time, go off!" director Spike Lee urged on CNN's "AC 360°." "If there's any one time to go off, this is it, because this is a disaster."— but the only thing he's capable of "going off" on is Republicans.
Full speech below the fold: