President Obama is trying to fight off criticism that the BP oil spill is his Hurricane Katrina. Can’t blame him. Katrina cemented a perception that the Bush administration wasn’t prepared for the storm and subsequent flooding and lacked urgency and competence in dealing with the aftermath. Now Obama is hearing some of the same gripes about the federal management/response to the Gulf spill, which must be especially galling for a true believer in big government. That’s why Obama is working hard to look like he’s working hard. Not criticism, just fact. Because really, what the heck’s the president going to do to fix the problem? Take a turn at the controls of a submersible and cap the well himself? About all he can do is look busy, look and sound concerned, even angry — because Americans are angry. Obama’s core personality traits, calm and cool, won’t work on this one. It’s probably why the president used some salty language this week, to convey emotional engagement on the spill. Obama told NBC’s “Today” show he’s been talking to Gulf fishermen and other experts, not for academic purposes, but “so I know who’s ass to kick.” Of course, tough talk only works if some butts actually get kicked. So which ones are available for booting? Obama can’t kick any rear ends at BP. He can only kick the tushies of people who work for him. The head of the Minerals Management Service already has taken one for Obama Team, but that’s probably not enough. Just guessing, but Interior Secretary Ken Salazar might want to keep one eye on the rear-view mirror. It wouldn’t be personal, just (political) business.