Karl Rove: This Is Obama's Katrina In fact, it may be worse By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted May 27, 2010 12:58 PM CDT 129 comments Comments Oil floats on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico near the coast of Louisiana, Wednesday, May 26, 2010. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) (Newser) – Take it from Karl Rove: The Gulf oil spill is not only President Obama's Katrina, it "could be even worse." The "lethargic" response is bad enough, but he points out in the Wall Street Journal that this is happening in federal waters. On Katrina, he says President Bush had to abide by something called the Stafford Act, "which says that in natural disasters on-shore states are in charge, not Washington." With the BP well, "Washington, not Louisiana, is in charge," says Rove. "This is Mr. Obama's responsibility. He says his administration has been prepared for the worst from the start. Mr. Obama's failure to lead in cleaning up the spill could lead voters to echo his complaint in Katrina's aftermath: 'I wish that the federal government had been up to the task.'"