This is a massive failure on the part of the federal government as a whole and of Obama as a President. The federal response under Obama has been pathetic. For all of the billions of dollars that the federal government collects from the oil industry and for all of the demands that they put on it in the name of safety it is absurd to argue that they are doing a good job. You can not be the entity that profits most as the government does through taxation and the entity with the most power as the government is through massive regulation and then still claim that you are the solution. Especially when your response is so pathetic and everyday you are ignoring the issue while partying with sports and musical royalty. This is a massive failure by Obama. Federal Law Makes Obama Responsible for Stopping Oil Spill and Cleanup Fingerpointing at BP ignores federal law! It's day 51 in the Gulf Oil Disaster and oil continues to gush from the "cap" British Petroleum placed to stop the leak. (Here's the live feed of the camera at the leak site.) BP now says that "virtually all" of the leak may be stopped in the next few days. Obama has timed another visit to the region. No doubt to claim credit. Yet, over the last weeks Obama and his left wing allies have been desperate to point fingers at Bush, Cheney, BP, Halliburton, Transocean and in at least one case "tea baggers." So, perhaps it's time to have a little reminder about what Obama's responsibilities are. The Clean Water Act Section 311 - Oil and Hazardous Substances Liability grants the president broad powers and also responsibility to stop any discharge of oil and to direct any cleanup. The president's powers and responsibilities are referenced 47 times in the brief document. The Oil Pollution Act of 1990 further strengthened the President's powers and responsibility. The Bureau of Land Management offers this analysis: The OPA amended §311to mandate the President to take action to ensure effective and immediate removal of a discharge, and mitigation or prevention of a substantial threat of a discharge, of oil or a hazardous substance. The purpose of the amendment was to remove some of the latitude towards private cleanup efforts by the discharger and assure that the job gets done right. It's the primary responsibility of the President to see that the leak is stopped and that any cleanup is swift and effective. The President has sole responsibility for developing and implementing emergency plans to address a spill. Yet, we have already seen how the Obama Administration failed to implement long standing disaster plans by delaying a burnoff of oil and other measures.