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. Steve (the real one)

    I am willing to give a pass on this because there are folks on the ground as we speak, just like Katrina (no pass for Bush) and this past weekend (just no pass for Heyward, either). Liberals are STILL trying to have it both ways!

    June 21, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  2. Nadeem

    The Party of GO BP is at it again.

    Steele, holds the RNC conference in Hawaii, spends money at strips joints, user donor money to buy expensive gifts and then ctiticizes the hardest working man in Washington for playing Golf on a Sunday.

    Just when you thought the GO BP could not be bigger hypocrytes.

    June 21, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  3. JM

    Bush played golf every other weekend and went to camp david for vacation on the other weekends... during an economic crisis, two wars, and 2 natural disasters... republicans should stfu.

    June 21, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  4. MartiM, TX

    This from the GOP, whose favored son GWB spent almost half his time in office on vacation.

    June 21, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  5. mike

    GOP?? Bush took lots of time off after he started a WAR.

    June 21, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  6. Jeffrey

    More idiocy and hypocrisy from Steele and the Republicans. Obama takes less vacation time than George W. Bush, Ronald Reagan & George Bush. Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter took a little less time off than Obama. Notice any trend there...?

    June 21, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  7. Tom in Wisconsin

    Ah, yes. I remember it well...the GOP stating their opposition to presidential vacations and time off during the Bush years...oh, wait! No, nevermind.

    June 21, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  8. mike

    SO WHAT!!! He took a few hours to unwind, who cares.

    June 21, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  9. Mohammad

    What should he doing, Steele? Going to lesbian bondage themed clubs?

    June 21, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  10. Slick William

    Ever notice how everything Obama does is spun as some sort of historic moment or historic event. I think it will be a historic moment when Obama actually steps up to the plate and LEADS. Maybe we'll all get lucky and someone will duff him in the head with a golf ball to turn the lights on!

    FOREEEEEEE!

    June 21, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  11. Jon

    I'm sure Michael Steele was very upset when President Bush was setting records for most time spent on vacation for a president as thousands of American soldiers were being killed in the ill-conceived war in Iraq. What a hypocrite.

    June 21, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  12. Anon

    Really!! Give the guy a break now and then. It's not like GW Dumbass Bush who didn't even leave his ranch for days after katrina. Obama has been on top of this from the beginning and deserves some time off on fathers day.

    June 21, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  13. Weezie

    Since yesterday was Father's Day, Mr. Steele, don't be hating because President Obama took a couple of hours off. It's a shame that no one probably even wished you a Happy Father's Day! HeHe...I won't be the first!

    June 21, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  14. jmwtex

    Wow!! The republicans are working really hard and doing a great job of being incredible hypocrits.

    June 21, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  15. sara

    Oh come on GOP! What did you all do on Father's Day? Go to the Gulf of Mexico and help plug the hole. Sometimes you people are just not in touch.

    June 21, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  16. Wil in the VA.

    The president waking up in morning seems to be reason for the republicans and teabaggers to start thier complaining about Obama and how he his still to this day trying to fix all the messes that was left for him by Bush and the republcans.

    June 21, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  17. Jason

    And how many days did Bush take for vacation when we had an disaster in New Orleans while fighting two wars in the Middle East. How I love the Republican selective amnesia.

    June 21, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  18. Hannah

    President Obama does deserve some time off occasionally from his 7 by 24 job. He has put more time into his job in one year than bush put in in 8 years. Bush was always on vacation, golfing, cutting brush at the ranch when 9-11 was being planned. When Katrina hit he went to San Diego to a birthday party and was strumming a guitar, while New Orleans was being flooded.

    June 21, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  19. Lee

    Right, because their hero Bush didn't spend half of his Presidency (when we were at war, no less) driving his golf cart around a ranch in Crawford...

    June 21, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  20. rk

    stupid stupid arguments from the RNC. it's only befitting them though.

    June 21, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  21. RNC

    Mr. Steele is absolutely correct. Mr. Obama should have gone back to his "ranch" to clear some brush and work on his apology to BP for getting sand & fish all over their oil.

    June 21, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  22. blarkin

    Also no bathroom breaks ,no snacks and just put a cot in the oval office so incase you were such a whimp you needed a sleep,i am sorry its just so easy to make fun of stupid people.

    June 21, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  23. seebofubar

    Mr. Steele,
    What you have to understand is that Obama is clueless. Many people run away and find diversions when they are confronted with a chalenge that is far beyond their abilities to cope with. Remember, Obama has never managed anything, has little hands on experience doing anything other than campaigning. He was propelled into office by left wing goofs without a clue on how to do the job. With any luck, we'll have someone who doesn't run from problems in the White House in 2012.

    June 21, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  24. Jaywing

    Michael, how about YOU play a round of golf... and never return. Oh, that's right, Republicans go to strip clubs - my bad. Got a duce on ya for the garter, Mikey?

    June 21, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  25. Rosslaw

    Maybe President Obama should drop in on a bondage strip bar in order to "bond" (I couldn't help it) with his morally superior Republican contemporaries.

    June 21, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
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