Good op ed piece from Paul Rubin. While I still maintain that the federal government would be doing a poor job of stopping the oil leak regardless of who was in charge (how can anyone get something that messy to work right?), I do agree that Pres. Obama was being treated far more kindly than Pres. Bush until recently. It was also interesting to read about the mistakes made by the local politicians Gov. Blanco and Mayor Nagin, but that is another issue.
We as Americans need to decide what we want our federal, state, and local governments to do. Until we realize that they can not and should not do everything, we will have an inefficient, bureaucratic nightmare at all levels, and the things that we want them to do, like manage oil spills, they will be unable to do.