There's more to this story than you're quoting, but it may well be a bad move not to take this action.
I found an interesting quote in the comments section-
"Stop the Statists,
You missed the boat with your comments.
1) No other government except Mexico has offered skimmers on any conditions except rental or lease plus shipping. The same goes for booms. For example, both Russia and Israel, both among the largest recipients of U.S. foreign aid, offered to sell BP booms at four times the going price. Needless to say, BP rejected the offer. No offers have been rejected by Obama, since none have been made.
2) The sand berms had to be approved by BP, not the government. BP approved 12% of them and agreed to repay the Army Corps of Engineers to build them. The ACoE, however, was not very encouraging about the berms, saying that they may not help at all and will most likely be washed away as fast as them can be built. In fact, Alice will eliminate those built so far.
3) You are falling for the BP line. BP wants you to blame the government. It is BP's hope that the government will get fed up and federalize the capping and cleanup. And if that happens, the taxpayer gets to pay it all. What you are espousing is pure and simple socialism by insisting that Obama take over the capping and cleanup and hand the bill to the taxpayers.
4) You can criticize the government, your government, all you want, but the government you are criticizing had already gotten BP to commit to thousands of times more than Exxon did after the Valdez spill. Exxon paid a paltry $65 million, went to right-wing activist courts in Texas and Louisiana and got fines reduced by over 80%, got all indirect damages (such as loss of fishing income) disallowed, got whole ethnic groups (such as the Inuit) disqualified on the grounds that they were wards of the U.S. government, and have tied the rest (around $530 million) up in courts. No serious person believes that Exxon will pay another cent beyond the $65 million they have already paid. And Prince William Sound has not been cleaned up. It is still full of oil and tar, still stinks, still is barren of wildlife, and is so poisoned that there are not even any mosquitoes.
So blame the government. Love BP. Go to the beaches and roll in the oil. Or maybe get your facts straight (not straight from Limbaugh and Beck.)"
I don't doubt that the government has failed on many different fronts but thank God the Dems were in office not the Repubs.