June 16th, 2010
11:43 AM ET
5 years ago

RNC alleges Obama ‘dithered’ in Gulf crisis

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Washington (CNN) – The Republican National Committee accuses President Obama of failing to focus his full attention on the Gulf oil spill, specifically criticizing him in a new web video of waiting 58 days to meet with BP executives to discuss how to address this environmental disaster.

Obama met with BP officials Wednesday morning in the Roosevelt Room, less than 24 hours after he returned from the Gulf and delivered a primetime address from the Oval office outlining his plan to revive the region.

The RNC’s hard hitting video, which CNN viewed before it was released publicly Wednesday, alleges that instead of trying to find a solution to the Gulf crisis, Obama was too busy playing golf and attending events such as Paul McCartney’s White House concert.

The video weaves together devastating images the Gulf, Obama playing golf, a fictitious day planner and footage of him singing with McCartney.

In a statement that will accompany the release of the video, RNC Chairman Michael Steele charges “President Obama and his administration have dithered while the worst ecological disaster in American history has unfolded, wreaking environmental and economic havoc up and down the Gulf Coast.”

“The American people are looking for Presidential leadership during this time of crisis, not executive finger pointing or backroom political power-plays seeking to force through yet another unpopular Democratic proposal that would only devastate the economy even further,” Steele also contends in the statement.

Updated at 12:45 p.m. ET:

In a statement sent to CNN, Democratic National Committee National Press Secretary Hari Sevugan fired back at the RNC and accused it of trying to "politicize" the situation. Sevugan also highlighted a recent scandal about an RNC-financed night out for donors at a risqué Hollywood nightclub.

"While the President has brought to bear the resources of the entire federal government to addressing the leak, is holding BP accountable to the families and businesses of the Gulf, and is working to ensure that a leak like this never happens again, the RNC has used its resources – which are ever dwindling by the way – to politicize this tragedy. That's actually a more pathetic use of their money than table service at a sex club."


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  1. alaskalu

    Some people don't recognize what "thoughtful reflection" is. They feel it is better to smear blame tactics.

    June 16, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  2. alpha_nu_916

    “The American people are looking for Presidential leadership during this time of crisis, not executive finger pointing or backroom political power-plays seeking to force through yet another unpopular Democratic proposal that would only devastate the economy even further." – michael steele

    dude, your party endorsed the drilling that led to this disaster – remember "drill baby, drill!"? of course you don't want any finger pointing because all the fingers would be directed your way.
    as for future proposals, they're being proposed to ensure disasters like this one don't occur in the future. only idiots fail to learn from their mistakes (wink, wink, michael).

    June 16, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  3. slipthalo

    There the Repubs go again. They who have dithered for the past 1 1/2 years with all their 'no's' and stalling on matters that are important to the citizens of this country. The Gult problem is important but there are many other issues that need to be addressed also and I have no problem with the President taking a little time for golf or a concert – the GOP takes a lot of time for bars and strippers and other peoples partners don't they? Which do I prefer? Hmmmm, I'll take the President and his choice of a little leisure.
    Perhaps the GOP should head south and stick their behinds in that hole in the water, should be big enough to stop that leak.
    It's not like the problems with the leak in the Gulf have any easy solutions and BP should have been in charge of taking care of it since they caused it.

    June 16, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  4. Jerry - Florida

    Is this new!? Mr. NObama has been too busy with his continuing political campaign and his party life. Don't you know that REAL NATIONAL BUSINESS INTERESTS are the 7th or 8th item on his agenda. Maybe?

    June 16, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  5. Christopher

    The RNC has DITHERED on ALL things. The nerve of them!

    June 16, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  6. eredman

    yet another false stream of images put together to make President Obama look bad. People need to do some homework or something because he was not golfing during this crisis. He has been diligently working to fix this problem. How about helping to find a solution instead of putting together this BS

    June 16, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  7. jp3law

    the RNC has used its resources – which are ever dwindling by the way – to politicize this tragedy. That's actually a more pathetic use of their money than table service at a sex club."

    .....hahaa. Wow, maybe the RNC would learn netx time, NOT jump into a pile of snakes.

    June 16, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  8. NYC REPUB

    Dithering? The President just secured 20 billion for the Gulf states......If that's dithering, then Mr. President keep it up.

    June 16, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  9. Mary vegan

    Who cares about the money he got from BP??The fisherman down in he gulf capture bi-catch ,which is sea turtle etc they do damage to the wildlife + sea creatures with their nets and fishinfgline every time they go out to fish. The only thing i care about is the wildlife impact. The money will not replace the wildlife that has suffered + died?? Our president has dropped th ball in my eyes for ever!!

    June 16, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  10. John Metsopoulos

    Does Michael Steele truly enjoy making a fool of himself. He was silent when Americans were dying in New Orleans afer Katrina

    June 16, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  11. GL

    The American people are looking for Presidential leadership during this time of crisis, not executive finger pointing or backroom political power-plays seeking to force through yet another unpopular Democratic proposal that would only devastate the economy even further,” Steele also contends in the statement.
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    Hey retard Steele so the Auto and Bank crisic was different then the oil crisis? Last year you Hypocrites didnt' want President Obama helping out the Banks or the Auto Industry and got the Tea Baggers all fired up to turn on the government and make the government the bad guy. Today, you HYPOCRITE are critizinng President Obama for not moving fast enough to sovle the oil spill so now government is not doing enough. YOU HYPOCRITE REPULICANS CAN NOT HAVE IT BOTH WAY. Either you wanted govenment when the BIG BAD CORPORATIONS get in trouble or you don't. Please you HYPOCRITE make up your mind. I can not believe how far you Republcans will go to DESTROY THIS PRESIDENT. Nothing this President does is every go enough for you fools. I guest the HYPOCRITE Tea Baggers are going to

    June 16, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
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