The President Speech on BP Oil Spill President Obama’s introduces his speech by greeting his audience and gives a brief view of the state of the United States as it faces numerous challenges. The president then goes directly to introduce the core of the matter which is the BP oil disaster. THE PRESIDENT: Good evening. As we speak, our nation faces a multitude of challenges. At home, our top priority is to recover and rebuild from a recession that has touched the lives of nearly every American. Abroad, our brave men and women in uniform are taking the fight to al Qaeda wherever it exists. And tonight, I’ve returned from a trip to the Gulf Coast to speak with you about the battle we’re waging against an oil spill that is assaulting our shores and our citizens.
(Whitehouse, par 1). The president, in the second and succeeding paragraphs - which form the partition, delves deeper into the subject of his speech. He states that on 20th April, the Gulf coast BP oil spill occurred. This was as a result of digging oil deep in the sea and the carelessness of the BP Oil Company.
It is the worst environmental disaster to ever occur and to fight it, it might take years. The Oil spill has caused bitterness especially to the people affected. It has resulted in death and injury of workers working on the oil drill; it has resulted in the damage of the coastline and its wildlife and has grossly affected the activities of fishermen, shrimpers and other people that depend on the sea. The president tries to convince his audience that his government is taking drastic measures to solve the problem that the nation is experiencing.
He states that there has been a clean-up exercise that has already been instituted by the US Government. This exercise includes 30,000 personnel who are working across four states to contain and clean up the oil, and thousands of ships and other vessels are responding to the Gulf disaster. The US has deployed over 17,000 National Guard members along the coastlines to aid the restoration of the environment. This exercise will assist in draining the spilt oil from the coastline and water catchments of the coast.
In addition, BP is to mobilize additional equipment and technology to capture 90 percent of the oil leaking out of the well. This is until the company finishes drilling a relief well later in the summer that it is expected to stop the leak completely. Obama further states that BP Company, due to its recklessness, will have to compensate the affected parties. A long-term solution is needed to restore the unique beauty and bounty of this region.
The oil spill represents just the latest blow to a place that has already suffered multiple economic disasters and decades of environmental degradation that has led to the disappearing of wetlands and destruction of habitats. The President states more facts about the oil disaster and suggests solutions to tackle this and other like problems that may come in the future. To curb the problem of energy shortage, he notes that alternative sources of energy like huge solar panel and large scale wind energy should be developed and used to produce clean energy.
Obama gives a conclusion of hope to an audience that is probably bitter, and frustrated by the Gulf oil disaster. He evokes a higher power through prayer to help solve the country’s problem. This nation has known hard times before and we will surely know them again. What sees us through -– what has always seen us through –- is our strength, our resilience, and our unyielding faith that something better awaits us if we summon the courage to reach for it. Tonight, we pray for that courage. We pray for the people of the Gulf. And we pray that a hand may guide us through the storm towards a brighter day. Thank you, God bless you, and may God bless the United States of America (Whitehouse, par 31 & 32). Delivery and Evaluation Obama’s speech is exemplary as he accompanies his strong words with tonal variation and gestures.
He is dealing with a challenging topic and he is trying to make sure that he skillfully delivers his speech accurately and in relevance to the objective of the speech.
The speech is clear and well organized. However, he seems to divert from the central idea that is the Gulf Oil spill crisis and concentrates on alternative sources of energy. However, he starts his speech with the key point which every audience is likely to grasp and understand and has a good closure. Given that this is a sensitive matter, he should take time to empathize with the affected. He should avoid blaming the BP Oil Company and use of contradicting statements; the president knows too well that any deep sea oil drilling is dangerous and should not allow any company that cannot bear the consequences to drill.
All the audience anger is most likely to be directed to the company and at the same time dissatisfied with Obama’s speech as it lacks specifics on how to pass the energy reforms. With respect to the audience of our class, the speech is well adapted as the language used is simple to understand and the expressions used are clear, and unbiased against any social group although it may not be impressive to Britons.
References The White House (2010) Remarks by the President to the Nation on the BP Oil Spill. Retrieved 20th June, 2010 http: //www. whitehouse. gov/the-press-office/remarks-president-nation-bp-oil-spill
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