By BRIAN MOOAR, NBC
The struggle to contain the oil spill in the Gulf is forcing the Obama Administration to do damage control in Washington.
"We were activated the moment that this oil rig exploded. This has been on the President's agenda ever since that happened," said White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs in a CBS Face the Nation segment.
The Coast Guard Commander says it's an extraordinary spill with a response to match.
"This is an entirely new world. And I've said on many occasions this is closer to Apollo 13 than the Exxon Valdez," added U.S. Coast Guard Commandant, Adm. Thad Allen.
"The Gulf disaster is more than a terrible oil spill. It's the product of a failed energy policy, said actor Robert Redford, during a commercial shot for the Natural Resources Defense Council.
From Liberal environmentalists to the Republican opposition, the White House is getting squeezed by both sides.
"Some in Washington have tried to seize on this real human tragedy in the Gulf to advocate for a radical new energy agenda," said Senator David Vitter (R) Louisiana.
Still in this blame game, BP is center stage.
"This is catastrophic. We've got to do everything we can, shut off the well, clean this up as fast as we can," added BP Managing Director, Bob Dudley as he spoke on CNN's State of the Union.
Meanwhile the spill continues with no end in sight. The environmental and PR damage getting worse everyday.
The President has named a bipartisan panel to figure out how to prevent a disaster like this in the future.