The Obama administration has declared an event of national significance as oil continues to gush into the Gulf of Mexico. The "black tide" is expected to hit Louisiana's coasts especially hard. All the while, critics say the government's response was too slow.
■Class discussion: Whenever disaster strikes, there's a need to blame someone. And help never comes fast enough for those affected by a disaster. Does the news coverage you're reading, seeing and hearing indicate that the president is at fault for his reaction to the crisis? Is it fair to blame the government for the fallout when disaster strikes?