Dana Perino: 'Obama can't don a snorkeling outfit and do it himself'

George W. Bush's former press secretary defended the Obama administration Tuesday on its handling of the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

During an appearance on Sean Hannity's show on Fox News, Dana Perino said, "I think that we are expecting a little bit too much of the administration. I'm not fully defending their response, but I do think President Obama can't don a snorkeling outfit and do it himself."

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During a panel discussion, Perino disputed the notion that the Obama administration is sitting on its hands.

"I disagree. I mean, they have stepped it up...What can be done?"

She added, "Nobody knows how to deal with it."

Perino said she questioned Attorney General Eric Holder's involvement in opening a criminal probe of BP, and said the Obama administration should have acted more swiftly to address the environmental disaster.

"I'm not defending them for their slow response initially, but I do think at the moment they are trying to do what they can," she said.