During the election campaign, the President famously said that he would meet with our enemies. He'd talk to anyone. Since the election, he has proved that he will bow to anyone.
But he has his limits. He apparently has not spoken to BP CEO Tony Hayward. You know, they guy who controls technology that the federal government does not have and whose neck our boot is supposed to be on while we kick his ass?
Of course, I don't think that Tony Hayward and Barack Obama would hop on a boat and git 'er done. It is the particular conceit of guys like this to suggest that they can do things like that (or at least make them happen). But a few well placed words from the most powerful man on earth at the right time (it's really too late now)might have helped - both practically and politically. It may have concentrated the mind much sooner than events did.