Brian Wingfield
June 16, 2010

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In his first televised Oval Office speech, a Tuesday night message to the nation on the government’s response to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, President Obama said exactly what everyone expected.

He assured the country that his administration is in control of the cleanup and laid out a plan going forward. He had tough words for BP, which operated the rig that caused the spill, and vowed to make the company pay for the damage it has caused. He empathized with the people of the Gulf Coast and promised to revive their economies. He pledged to overhaul the agency that regulates offshore drilling, and seized upon the opportunity to talk up clean energy investment and legislation.

But what the president didn’t say is worth examining as well.

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