Shields and Brooks: Will Obama’s Oil Disaster Speech Change Minds?

BY newsdesk  June 15, 2010 at 9:50 PM EST

After President Obama’s Oval Office address on the ongoing Gulf disaster, columnists Mark Shields and David Brooks joined Judy Woodruff to review the substance of the primetime speech.

“I thought the windup was stronger than the pitch,” Shields said. “I’m just not sure beyond the president’s energy plan, which is before Congress, what he’s asking of us other than to be aware, be committed, understand what people [along the Gulf Coast] are going through down there.”

Brooks said the president appeared “confident, clear, crisp.” His “delivery and presence were quite strong; it’s just the content that I found a little lacking.”

Brooks said he had hoped the president would share more details about the government’s plans to remedy the effects of the spill, saying he didn’t think it was forceful or effective enough to change Americans’ minds or sell any skeptics on his energy bill. Watch their full discussion: