University of Virginia’s Miller Center of Public Affairs
President Obama addressed the nation yesterday about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. He also talked about reducing America’s dependence on foreign oil and fossil fuels, a theme in many presidential remarks.
In a 1977 speech on energy, Carter says we will have to drill more offshore wells if we don't conserve.
Ford had similar remarks on May 27, 1975. Check out this clip in which he says Congress has done little or nothing to decrease America’s dependence on foreign oil.
Click here to see how past presidents—from JFK to Reagan—addressed domestic crises during their administrations.