I have no real conviction about Obama one way or the other, but how this is being laid at his feet is beyond me. If Bush was the president I'd be defending him, but only until it was revealed the lax policies of his administration led directly to this disaster. There is no way it should be so easy to to just drill for oil anywhere you want, any way you want, as long as you can pay the tithe. That's effectively what happened. When the dust settles on this, the second biggest story is going to be what environmental impact studies were done to build Horizon, and then what oversight was put into place to ensure that it was being operated properly. The answer is that virtually no environmental impact study was done, there are no standards for what an oil company has to do to maintain such a rig, and there is no oversight of that. The biggest story, of course, is the grave extent of BP's lax safety practices which are very likely to cripple the company into oblivion when it will be bought off and absorbed into highly moral companies like Exxon or Shell.
I couldn't agree more.