You are right, Obama can't micromanage every department, but when things become public like this he could address those. The TSA essentially works for him, it would take him 30 seconds to shoot a message from his blackberry to the head of the TSA asking him to release this information.
I'm not asking Obama to fix everything, but take a little time off from the talk show circuit and take care of these obvious failings in his 'transparent' government. In your example the real problems was the production of the goods, not the actual lying that was the problem, plus it was the 1950s, they barely had phones. The lines of communication are so much better, I don't think your example really applies.