How slow was the Obama Administration response to the BP oil leak? So slow that the Deputy Secretary of the Interior was on a plane to New Orleans before noon Wednesday, after an explosion that took place at 10:30 Tuesday night. On Thursday the President convened a meeting in the Oval Office and set up a task force to deal with the problem. As late as Friday, BP was still insisting that there was no leak from the well; the Coast Guard discovered otherwise on Saturday. All Obama was slow about was public dramatics.