June 21st, 2010
02:14 PM ET
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Obama deserves a round of golf, White House says

'I don't think that there is a person in this country that doesn't think that their president ought to have a little time to clear his mind,' White House spokesman Bill Burton said Monday.
'I don't think that there is a person in this country that doesn't think that their president ought to have a little time to clear his mind,' White House spokesman Bill Burton said Monday.

(CNN) – The White House is beating back Republican charges that President Barack Obama is taking too many breaks during the ongoing oil disaster off the Gulf coast.

"I don't think that there is a person in this country that doesn't think that their president ought to have a little time to clear his mind," White House spokesman Bill Burton told reporters Monday.

The comments came a day after Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele issued a strongly worded statement condemning the president for playing a round of golf Sunday, attending a baseball game Friday, and recently hosting Paul McCartney at the White House.

"Until this problem is fixed, no more golf outings, no more baseball games, no more Beatle concerts, Mr. President," Steele said in the statement. "The stakes are too high for President Obama's lackadaisical approach to both his responsibilities and the challenges we face."


Burton instead suggested the president's BP response has been whole-hearted.

"After a week where the president was taking on the oil spill; got a historic agreement with BP to put aside $20 billion to pay claims; after a day on Friday when he strengthened lobbying and ethics rules in the White House; after going to Ohio to talk about the economy and see the progress that is being made in some of those stimulus projects that are happening around the country; all the different issues that the president is dealing with, I think that a little bit of time to himself on Father's Day weekend probably does us all good as American citizens that our president is taking that time," said Burton.


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  1. PDH

    Some people should just stop whining and get some work done.

    June 21, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  2. Jerry

    He was not missed, rahm was in charge telling lies in his place. The bigger issue is were was the telepromter

    June 21, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  3. geecee

    Stop the pandering, Mr. Steele. Just because we Bush opponents criticized Bush (and rightfully so) for spending too much time in Crawford, Texas and away from the White House during his 8 years in office, now you Repugs won't even let Obama have a few hours a day to relax?? Bush/Cheney left such a mess to clean up and it will take so long because they did absolutely NOTHING for 8 years, that Obama will have to work consistently and right up to his last day in office to clean up everything and probably still won't succeed. And a few hours out of his day now and then is not going to interfere with his plans. He does have a method of communicating with the White House, you know. He isn't totally incommunicado, you idiot! Besides, he gets more done in one day than Bush did in one year!!

    June 21, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  4. Mike D. in San Diego

    Wait a minute...
    2 wars, guantanamo, bad economy, drug war continues, poor handling of a Gulf of Mexico crisis and playing golf the whole time...could someone please tell me how Bush and Obama are DIFFERENT?

    June 21, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  5. Lee

    Where were the Republicans when George Bush took more vacation time than any president in modern history, during wars and the worst financial crisis in 80 years? Talk about two faced!! They are grasping at straws to find reasons to be abusrdly critical.

    June 21, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  6. FRANK - LAS VEGAS

    Mr. Steele really needs to get a grip, he's like a fat lady in a milk shake store, grasping for straws. President Bush holds the record for days off, vacations , etc, etc. It adds to something like 3 years of his presidency that he was on vacation, so please Mr. Steele, find something else to complain about which I'm sure you will.

    Vote NO in NOvember to the party of NO.

    June 21, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  7. Holy rest

    Oh cmon now Republicans.

    You really cannot be serious here. God made the world and rested on the 7th day. You can not expect the man many consider to be a god to not have play time.
    How insensative are you Republicans? I mean cmon, it takes a lot of effort to lead sheep to slaughter, and we know this is what a false prophet does,,, or should I say blind faith following a community organizer who can not figure out how to fix problems,, he can only talk about how great he is.

    Of course Obama needs down time, it is hard work pretending to be a LEADER and not just some new era in politics because he got elected because of race.

    June 21, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  8. T

    Yes he can........what is wrong with it........everybody needs a break sometime.........the Rep., need to get a life and help the people.OOPS
    sorry help them selves.......that what they do. Rep don't care about you
    me or ??????they will threw their moms under the bus just to get nowwhere.......Take a break play golf.....and screw the REP. GOBP

    June 21, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  9. get real

    Someone please tell Mr. Steele that President Obama's lackadaisical response got BP to pony up 20 billion dollars for the folks affected in the gulf region.

    June 21, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  10. Bertina

    Where were the republicans offended by Bush's "heck of a job, Brownie" comment?

    June 21, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  11. willvnsc

    Of course he deserves a round of golf. Every president deals with pressures 99.99% of us could never imagine. Whether you agree with someones policies or not every president has needed and taken trips such as these. No big deal and I think it's stupid when the media makes a big deal out of these trips by ANY of our past presidents.

    June 21, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  12. Neil

    How many Breaks or visits to his ranch did Pres. Bush take during his 8 years as Khan? Raising hell during his wars and bad economic policies which have placed this country in the position it cyrrently resides. Did Republicans say anything then?

    June 21, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  13. hmmm

    But spending RNC money at S&M sex clubs is cool instead of putting your shattered party back together

    June 21, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  14. Brian in MN

    Keep talking Steele. Shall we look at Bush's record for vacation days? Your mouth helps the Democrats so keep using it. Palin too! Keep it going.

    June 21, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  15. Dave, CA

    Mr. Steele, This President does not have leadership skill so what he will do staying at White House. He knows how to spend tax-payers money.
    Imagine what kind of a person American people have voted into office. He brain-washed everybody and now he became President. He does not know how to be president and what to do when he is president. What a disaster.I want to see if news-media/CNN can publish this factual letter.

    June 21, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  16. Dirty Republi-CANTS

    Where was Dub during the BURNING DOWN OF THE GULF COAST DURING THE KATRINA HOLOCAUST???? Do some fact checking you dirty S&M republi-CANTS.

    June 21, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  17. Steve in CT

    I am BY FAR no Obama fan and I'm a conservative, but common sense says if someone under constant high levels of stress doesn't take mini respites he/she will burn out and become at best worthless and at worst dangerous. Back off, Steele, let the guy try to do his job. He seems to be having enough issues trying to do his job without you trying to set him up to fail by insisting he burn out. That way if he fails on his own (which seems to be the case) it'll be on him. When stupid things like this come out of your mouth you sound like our dear VP. So back it off and stop being an embarassement.

    June 21, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  18. Average American

    This from the party who spends their time at lesbian bondage clubs....

    June 21, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  19. Miriam

    Do people not understand that the President is a person, and he, just like other people, deserves to take a break? The guy works nearly 24/7! Do I even need to mention the amount of time George W. spent at his Texas ranch? (BTW he deserved it.) I love how Republicans say they don't want the federal government to do anything and then freak out when they aren't doing enough.

    June 21, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  20. streetsmart

    Obama blasted for golf game. Impeach impeach impeach!

    June 21, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  21. kdks

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't the last president take a vacation for the entire MONTH of August every year??? Where was Mr. Steele's outrage then? Personally, I'd love to see a graphic of the vacation days of both presidents during their first 18 months in office...of course, most people I know don't count a round of golf on a Sunday, or a baseball game on a Friday as a vacation day....

    June 21, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  22. HJA

    The GOP needs to shut up and go away. They have no right to complain about Obama playing a round of golf after 8 years of Mr Vacation. The RepubliNAZI's do nothing but whine.

    June 21, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    Thank goodness there is absolutely no hypocrisy in this statement, because George W. Bush definitely NEVER took a single break during a crisis in his 8 years. What a load of bull from the RNC, as usual.

    June 21, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  24. hayden zeke

    Just think if he went to some of the places the GOP has been frequenting. Does Michael Steele think the Gold Club would be OK?

    June 21, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  25. Peter

    only Republicans cant work and chew gum!!! Thats not the kind of President we want we already had george bush!!! its funny how the concept of multitasking is always strange to Republicans...lol im sure if bush had done more multi-tasking this country would have been much better off when he left!>>>>>its like saying i couldnt eat chips while completing my school project...lol Republicans make me laugh and for the record michael steel is a complete joke!!!

    June 21, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
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