The Gulf Oil Spill worsens as Obama falters during his first Oval Office Address. Since an April 20, 2010 explosion at an oil platform leased by BP, an estimated 210,000 gallons or more of crude oil have spewed into the Gulf of Mexico daily. On the fifty sixth day since the leak began, President Barack Obama addressed the Nation and monstrous oil spill on Tuesday, June 15, 2010. Obama's address fell short of a decisive plan to cap the oil leak and left him victim of many political pundits. Critics found Obama's inability to address the most urgent issue facing the economy, wildlife, and coastal areas threatened by the underwater geyser leaking oil furiously, similar to Former President George W. Bush's mishandling of Hurricane Katrina.
Obama's address did bring the issue of alternative energy to the forefront. Obama highlighted the United States' over-dependence on fossil fuels and the need to find alternative forms of energy. Obama also highlighted "cap and trade" as well as the climate energy bills presently in debate within Congress. Obama stated "As we recover from this recession, the transition to clean energy has the potential to grow our economy and create millions of jobs - but only if we accelerate that transition. Only if we seize the moment."
Obama's approval index has fallen to a mere 42 percent according recent polls, a dangerous new low considering the state of affairs.