After reading the supposedly bestest speech ever, I was left with the impression of someone’s perfunctory promises after a funeral.” If there’s anything I can do”

Even if it ws following a “make no mistake” the text most quoted in headlines today was THAT gratuitous

We will fight this spill with everything we’ve got for as long as it takes.  We will make BP pay for the damage their company has caused.  And we will do whatever’s necessary to help the Gulf Coast and its people recover from this tragedy.

The operative word here is “whatever”. Shouldn’t he have figured by now what was necessary?

Here’s what he said

He started with a shout to the army for some reason.

he went into “previously in the oil kill saga” for those living in a cave

then he went into the nebulous plan: clean, restore, reimburse. (Miami Herald put quotation marks around the words “Battle plan” in their headline)

Once that done in 2 paragraphs, he got into what he really wanted to talk about: the future.

(the whole idea behind it was a “reset”

Privately, one senior official said the speech was a direct effort to “wipe the slate clean,” adding that the goal now is to “shift the conversation to something more future-oriented.”

In the “what we change” department he laid a “heck of a job” on Salzy

Vague clean energy pitch – no help for the climate bill in senate.

And six paragraphs on prayer.

Indeed as effective as a mourner at a funeral. Ours.