That's what taxes are meant for. To assist at times when problems escalate beyond the ability of private business.
He should be making decisions to allow progress to be made.To me this is that on a larger scale. Do I think Obama should be in there directing traffic and making the engineering plans? Absolutely not. Do I think the Federal Government shouldn't be playing the pass the buck game while waiting weeks and weeks for "BP to do its job" all the while being derelict in their duty with regards to a potential threat spanning multiple states and occuring within United States water, absolutely.
I can actually understand his underestimating the problem initially. Who the hell knew it would be such a monster... (the president through briefings should have known after a couple days) but I have difficulty with his disingenuous, even incredible claim during his pre-vacation presser that he was on it from Day 1.
The problem is the source is in Federal waters, unlike Katrina, which was a state matter leading up to the hurricane's landing.
This is Obama's ball of wax, and he should have been moving heaven and earth to get assistance in every damn form possible. Some of it might not work, but this is also an optimal proving ground for technology that could help in the future.
Instead we have the government behemoth sliding along like a drunken slug. And they want to administer health care?