in the long run, (and we've long since surpassed that) i think obama started out on the right ...er, correct foot. but, as it became clear that BPs efforts (valiant or otherwise) were not getting the job done, he should have found a way to get the ball rolling.
there is no doubt that, by allowing the one delt the cards to continue to lead the game, even when all the signs showed they were clearly losing the battle, that he's dropped the ball.
let's not forget, though, that this has been an unfolding text that it yet to be fully written: many of the decisions made seem, almost daily, to be based on best case scenarios or murky, unclear statistics.
no matter what, there is only so much 'washington' can/could do...and blustery rhetoric is NOT what i want from any president, or any armchair, newly minted oil proffesionals in a time of crisis: that's so very nineteenth century...
BP seems to think that the current administration has been fair in allowing them the lead in taking care of thier mess: there is nothing stopping them from saying otherwise. one look askew from them would certainly end any chance obama might (slimly) hold for a good legacy, never mind a possible re-election, never mind saving face right here in the current moments.
put all the out of work workers to work, earning the same amount of money they would've made, on BP's payroll, build whatever needs to be built...clean whatever needs to be cleaned...bring on the water skimmers-clean the water, just as has been done in other places, to, seemingy, good effect...BP & the gov'ts of both the US and La., WORK TOGETHER..NOT creating self-serving, politically motivated spectacles (bobby jindahl !*)...and get the friggin' job done
*so, then, why take the time to single out jindahl: very simple..i live in a state that is very prone to natural disasters..NO governor would've survived in office, never mind be re-elected, if all they ever did, when things went bad, is sit back and whine about how the big, bad washington hadn't come to the rescue: in this state...a republican state, you roll up your sleeves and help...nothing stopped jindahl from doing all the things he claims the feds/obama wouldn't let him do...does he think obama would send in the troops to stop him if he just up and decided to build his new barriers ? really ?!?
jindahl, like so many other 'republicans' campaigned on getting smaller, less intrusive gov't: big gov't out of the way...out of our lives...when you are one of the people yelling about cutting the legs off the dinosaur: DON'T COMPLAIN WHEN THE DANG THING CANNOT RUN !
at the end of the end it's the start of a journey to a much better place and this wasn't bad so a much better place would have to be special...no need to be sad...