In the weeks since an oil rig exploded and later sank into the Gulf of Mexico, President Obama has dealt with the tragedy with his signature cool, calm and collected approach.
But with the oil still gushing in what is now the worst spill in U.S. history and the environmental devastation coming ashore, the president is becoming a target of the anger that was originally directed only at BP.
"One time, go off!" director Spike Lee urged on CNN's "AC 360°." "If there's any one time to go off, this is it, because this is a disaster."
Lee's sentiment echoes the frustration of people who want to see Obama get loud, take charge and inspire them like he did during his presidential run.
Recalling then-candidate Obama's ability to rouse crowds into chants of "Yes, we can," presidential historian Douglas Brinkley said, "There was a feeling he was going to be one of these presidents that moved us with words the way John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan did in recent decades."
Instead, Obama has presented himself as the unflappable president, with the engineer-like approach of Jimmy Carter and the legislative astuteness of Lyndon Johnson, Brinkley said.
"But in a time of great crisis, people aren't looking for Johnson or Carter. They are looking for powerful rhetorical leadership -- words that move the country in a positive direction," he said.
These words are so critically important.
Spike Lee and others are "living vicariously THROUGH" Barack Obama.
While they are angered at the oil spill in the Gulf they are not willing to get angry AT Barack Obama. Instead they are "angry that he is not displaying more anger at those who they are angry at" - the corporations and the regulatory history of the Bush Administration.
They want Obama to make them "FEEL" as they did during the campaign for president.
They should look at Obama's address in Pittsburgh. He sang their music. Obama plans to remove all tax breaks to oil companies. He is sending his Attorney General to initiate legal action against BP and other companies involved with the spill.