At the press conference today, President Obama, referring to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, said,
From the moment this disaster began, the federal government has been in charge of the response effort, BP is operating at our direction.
In the same press conference he reportedly "...claimed his administration inherited the problems at MMS, but said "I take responsibility" for problems that persisted since he took office."
Let's be fair. The President's appointee has only been in place one year. (Whoops, she's gone) The federal government is just too big for the president to be expected to run the whole thing...maybe that's part of the problem.