How did George HW Bush's response to Exxon Valdez compare to Obama's response to the BP Gulf disaster?

There has been immense criticism of President Obama's response to the BP Gulf oil disaster. He needs to get angry. He needs to take charge. He needs to swim down there and plug the hole with his butt. Honestly I don't know exactly what people expect him to do. The government doesn't have the... show more There has been immense criticism of President Obama's response to the BP Gulf oil disaster. He needs to get angry. He needs to take charge. He needs to swim down there and plug the hole with his butt. Honestly I don't know exactly what people expect him to do. The government doesn't have the capability of responding to this sort of offshore leak. All the can do is oversee the BP response, which is exactly what they're doing.

According to Fareed Zakaria, the George H.W. Bush administration specifically denied that the federal government bore any responsibility for the Exxon Valdez cleanup. In fact, Transportation Secretary Samuel Skinner declared that government involvement would be “counterproductive.” Bush Sr. never visited the oil spill site and there was little call from the press for him to do more - a stark contrast to the media's criticism of President Obama.
http://www.newsweek.com/2010/06/13/presi...

Is this an accurate description of the responses and criticisms of Presidents George HW Bush and Obama to the Exxon Valdez and BP Gulf oil disasters? Is President Obama both doing more and taking more criticism than President Bush Sr.?
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