Liberals Should Stop Freaking Out Over Obama Speech

Gawker tries to put the President’s speech into perspective (thank God):

So if Keith

Olbermann, Chris Matthews, Howard Fineman
and pretty much every

other liberal pundit who freaked the fuck out over the quality

or modesty of the president’s 20-minute television speech last night

would like to help the situation, they should direct more ire at the

Senate. That is where people write laws. And they don’t have the

collective will or numbers right now to write a good law pricing carbon.

But what of today’s White

House agreement
with BP for it to set up a $20 billion, independent

escrow fund to pay claims, cancel its dividends for at least the rest

of 2010, and set up another fund compensating oil workers for lost

wages? (And that $20 billion is not a cap, either — it can, and probably

will, go up.) Those seem like pretty

strong results
and displays of leadership!

Getting $20 billion out of the mega corporation is probably more than the Bush Administration took from BP in 8 years of taxation, so let’s give Obama a little credit here.

Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.