The original sin in my view is that as soon as the oil rig accident happened the president tried to maintain distance between the gusher and his presidency. He wanted people to associate the disaster with BP and not him. When your most creative thoughts in the middle of a disaster revolve around protecting your position, you are summoning trouble. When you try to dodge ownership of a problem, when you try to hide from responsibility, life will give you ownership and responsibility the hard way.
This is why I have the "Falling Obama" game as a permanent bookmark on my computer.
There is a lot of shit that cannot be reasonably foreseen, like planes flying into and taking down the WTC. However, natural disasters - like Katrina - and high risk operations - like off-shore drilling - do. And what disasters like this show is that, in fact, no one will take responsibility and it is every man for himself.
Even locally, this brings to mind that scourge of Southern California . . . the wildfire. When the Station Fire tore up the 91 Freeway, it was evident that there could be a fire of such a magnitude that it exceeded the resources available to fight it. I do not fault the firefighters, because you cannot plan for every disaster. But no one has stepped forward to say, "Homeowners, when out-of-the-ordinary stuff comes down, are you willing to be deputized and help us?" Because they will, to protect their homes. Hence why I plan in the event of The Big One or a fire, I am taking care of my own.