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When the British Petroleum oil rig exploded in April and sank to the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico taking with it the lives of 11 workers, the wave of popularity that swept President Barack Obama into office just 15 months earlier ebbed. With his administration clearly sinking under the weight of its own ineptitude and inaction, it’s as though the oil rig and Obama’s presidency were inextricably tied together. President Obama addressed the American public from the Oval Office last Tuesday only to find little buoyancy in a speech that delivered barely more than a sales pitch for passage of Cap and Trade legislation. Not only was the address paltry in terms of substance, but it also failed to convey to the American people that they have a true leader in charge.
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