All those high-paying "government scientist" committee jobs might be threatened (the recent capping was delayed "for government review", and continues to be subject to continued testing).
More importantly, with the spill capped, Obama may have to deal with why the EPA and FEMA did diddly-squat to help, OSHA didn't train cleanup workers to wear masks, and the Coast Guard may have helped fire-ships SINK the Undersea Horizon and cause the problem in the first place.
Even worse, "cap and trade" legislation that has nothing to do with an oil spill in the Gulf or anywhere else might not pass and will deprive Al Gore of $millions in commissions.
Meanwhile, the President is in Bar Harbor, Maine in his oil-burning SUV, far from the sunny (and mostly clean) beaches of the Gulf of Mexico.
No mention (until very recently, when estimates exceeded a previous blow-out) that Ixtoc I took almost a year to cap, but BP succeeded in a harrowing three months. That was forty years ago.
Obama has to be crying about another lost "issue." He's doing his best to keep it going, but he can always fall back on his original words:
Here’s the challenge that we have. We don’t yet have the technological breakthroughs that can completely replace fossil fuels. So for the next 10 years, next 20 years, we’re still going to be using oil; we’re still going to be using coal; we’re still going to be using natural gas — we’re still going to be using the traditional sources to fuel our cars, to heat our homes, to run our big power plants, et cetera.
I don’t agree with the notion that we shouldn’t do anything. It turns out, by the way,
that oil rigs today generally don’t cause spills. They are technologically very advanced.
Even during Katrina, the spills didn’t come from the oil rigs, they came from the
refineries onshore. [April 2, 2010] __ President Obama, White House Press Release