As Barack Obama told his daughter Malia, and a somewhat less inquisitive or sophisticated mainstream media, he can't just "swim down" to the ongoing oil leak and "suck it up with a straw." And in fairness, that's true - there's only so much that a president can do.
The problem is, this president isn't doing it.
And in fact, it's starting to seem that the final plague which may destroy New Orleans will not be hurricane, flood, or oil...but a sea of governmental red tape.
Louisiana officials were outraged when the Coast Guard forced 16 oil-sucking barges to stop their cleanup efforts for 24 hours...so they could be checked for "enough fire extinguishers and life jackets."
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal had to plead with federal officials for over a month to allow him to build berms to keep oil away from the Louisiana coast...and even then, the government issued permission for only 6 berms, and not the 24 that the Governor says are desperately needed.
And let us not forget that just 3 days after the initial oil blowout, other countries started offering their aid in containment and cleanup efforts. But despite such offers from 13 nations, Barack Obama turned them all down - allowing the oil and devastation to spread - in order to protect the jobs of his union supporters.
Barack Obama is "kicking ass," alright. But sadly, most of those asses are covered with oil-soaked feathers.