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Vote: Has Obama Failed the Leadership Test?

President Barack Obama used his first Oval Office address to press for compensation from BP for those "harmed by the Gulf oil spill," and to call for a comprehensive energy bill.
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President Barack Obama used his first Oval Office address to press for compensation from BP for those "harmed by the Gulf oil spill," and to call for a comprehensive energy bill.

While many have questioned BP's response to the Gulf oil spill, others have been equally critical of President Obama's handling of the situation from Washington. Last night, on the eve of meeting with BP executives, President Obama addressed the nation about the spill. This leads to today's Kudlow Caucus question:

Did President Obama fail the leadership test in last night's Oval Office speech?

Take our poll below and tell us what you think! Watch "The Kudlow Report" tonight at 7pm ET and find out what out caucus members have to say or check back here later for a summary from our caucus members.




The Kudlow Caucus Breakdown

Yes
Jerry BowyerEconomist, CNBC Contributor
Bush didn’t blame Clinton for Katrina and Obama shouldn’t have blamed Bush for this.

Yes
Kellyanne ConwayCEO and President
the polling company™
He lacked for specifics and solutions and sadly, misused the platform to lobby for his jobs-killing national energy tax and moratorium on offshore drilling.

Yes
David P. GoldmanSenior Editor
First Things
He should not have wasted the nation's time with nothing specific to offer.

No
David GoodfriendLawyer
No, he didn't get an "F" in leadership. But he didn't get an "A" either. His core supporters wanted to hear more about how we will protect the environment and transition to renewable energy; Gulf Coast residents wanted to hear more certainty about clean up and recovery efforts; and his congressional allies wanted to see more inspiration.

Yes
Jim LaCampPortfolio Manager, Portfolio Focus, RBC Wealth Management
Co-Host, Opening Bell Radio Show, Biz Radio Network
It was an important, crucial speech given the state of the economy and the worsening oil situation. Because the administration has no coherent energy policy, the speech lacked vision and a clear message.

Yes
Art LafferFmr. Reagan Economic Advisor
Chief Investment Officer, Laffer Investments
Blame is not a policy.

Yes
Donald L. Luskin Chief Investment Officer, Trend Macrolytics LLC
There are two parts to the leadership test: to act like a leader, and to lead. He did neither.

Yes
Steve MooreSr. Economics Writer, The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board
Yes, he failed. It was the equivalent of Carter's malaise speech. At least he didn’t push cap and tax.

Yes
Peter Navarro
Business Professor
University of California, Irvine
He took the blame game to a whole new level. Small guy in a big office.

Yes
James Pethokoukis
Money & Politics Columnist
Reuters
Leaders work to fix the problem at hand, not merely use them as a political pivot for some dreamy green policy agenda. At one point in the speech, Obama said, "First, the cleanup." But with estimates of the oil flowing into the Gulf rising by the day, shouldn't the priority by plugging the hole?

Yes
Robert Reich
Former Labor Secretary
Professor of Public Policy, UC Berkeley
He didn’t use the opportunity to push for a carbon tax, which is the only real way to reduce our dependency on oil and coal.

No
Mark Walsh
Political Strategist and Campaign Innovator
No, he did not fail the “test” of leadership. He asked for a new age of energy use and promised to use the government to clean up the gulf and hold those responsible to the task of paying for it. You can argue with his style, but the content was spot on.

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