June 21st, 2010
02:14 PM ET
4 years ago

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. Cindy

    Can't the Republican's quit poking and picking???? Every President has gone on vacation. Who needs the break from stress more??? These people don't understand the meaning of "delegating" which is a top duty for great leaders. He is reachable if needed and in the meantime he is taking care of himself so he can better take care of the country. I actually believe that he should take his wife to plays more often. Let's have a President who is truly part of our American society.

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

    This President doesn't DO ENOUGH to clear his mind, except campaign and party.

    June 21, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  3. MJ

    If the President is permitted a little time off to clear his mind, then so is the BP CEO....if the CEO gets blasted for a little time off to clear his mind, then so should Obama....there can't be a double standard. If both men are "in charge" then the same standard of being on top of things should apply....and by the way, they do deserve some time to themselves. both of them.

    June 21, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  4. Comeonman

    Steele needs to go somewhere and hide. He's nothing more than a house slave. Speaking for his master. You should be ashame.

    June 21, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  5. Captain D

    Whatever, everybody deserves a break. There is more to the presidency than some oil spill. Like the rest of the world ceases to exist because of some oil spill. Though it's a serious situation, nobody is going to focus on it 24/7 to the detriment of their families, and other pressing issues. Moreover, the body needs a respite from stress and Obama has more issues he's confronting than the average moron like Mike Steele.

    June 21, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  6. Skyhobo

    Obama has Rahm going on Sunday News shows stating that Tony Hayward (BP CEO) should not attend any functions (Yacht race) with his family while the oil spill is occuring – but Obama can go to a Sox game and play golf and no one should think twice?

    June 21, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  7. Enough

    Sure he deserves a break, in between his campaigning for Boxer and other Democrats...........hard work trying to keep these people around to destroy us some more. Obama needs to get to work and do the job he was hired to do.

    June 21, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Steele says that the President CANNOT have a little downtime. Not even on FATHER'S DAY. Too many problems. Too much to do. No 'clear the head time for you Barack'.

    I'm going to consider the source of this idiocy and keep my blood pressure from surging.

    Michael Steele says......

    Mikey: have you lost your freaking mind, along with any semblance of good sense, patriotism, and brotherhood? Have you been completely bought and sold and brainwashed by your new masters? Are you going to join the GOP's Idiot Chorus in saying that this President is NOT busting his left nut working on EVERYTHING that is before, behind, and ahead of him? For our sake and the sake of the country? Whereas your brethren stands idly by hoping that things, ANYTHING, takes a left turn, and we return to going to hell in a hand basket like we were a year and a half ago?

    You are a prime example of the saying "Not every brother is a brother".

    On Father's Day Mikey? Really? You're THAT far gone? God help you.

    June 21, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  9. Future expat

    Two words for you GOPers: Crawford, TX

    June 21, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  10. RNC Gnope-A-Saur

    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 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  11. John Regan

    Attacking a guy for taking his daughters to a baseball game on Father's Day? Yikes. Just when you thought the GOP couldn't go any lower. How pathetic.

    Why do Republicans hate Father's Day?

    June 21, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  12. steve p

    Sounds like when someone said there is a problem in the "Gulf", Mr. Twinkie thought they said "It's time to play golf".

    June 21, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  13. Lynda/Minnesota

    "The stakes are too high for President Obama's lackadaisical approach to both his responsibilities and the challenges we face."
    _______________________________________________

    I won't bother explaining ALL that this president has accomplished in less than two years. Doubt it would matter to the hands over their ear crowd, one way or another.

    If only those elected to Congress could all be this ambitious . . . well, those who haven't yet sold America out to big business and special interest lobbyists anyway.

    Burton is 100% correct.

    June 21, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  14. jp,michigan

    Well, if playing golf cleared Obama's mind, what did taking a Chicago vacation, playing hoops, White House dinners and entertainment from the likes of Paul McCartney do? Least the CEO of Bp was more visible that Obama was in the Oil disaster, Obama has other so he could entertain and have dinner and the such! The media as usual playing favorites. Poor Obama, inadequately handling the oil spill, so let us only blame BP.

    June 21, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  15. anotherGDlefty

    Mr. Steele has bigger issues in his own party right now than someone else playing golf.

    If the WORST thing the president does according to todays RNC squawking point is play golf, America is in fine shape.

    Shove off Steele.

    On a realism note: WHAT HAS THE REPUBLICAN PARTY DONE TO STOP THE OIL?

    Hint: not much.

    June 21, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  16. Jim

    When Bush came under fire for taking the most vacations of ANY President in history, the RNC whined and complained incessantly about the "..liberal media bias" that led to the criticism. But Obama plays a round of golf, and he gets slammed by Michael Steele, the worst RNC Chairman ever? Puhleeese, stick to your own party.

    June 21, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  17. mohiuddin chowdhury

    yes

    The White House

    Mohiuddin chowdhury
    Advisor to the President

    June 21, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  18. Randy

    I thought he wasn't going to rest until the oil leak was fixed. All those people giving grief to BP pres better lay off of speak up.

    June 21, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  19. Amazed @ the duplicitousness

    It's funny to hear the Democrapic Libtards repeat the same things Republicans said when the Democraps were trying to beat on Bush.

    Somehow all the Liberal lemmings will now say it is ok, that people need some time etc. flying directly in the face of what they said for eight years......

    June 21, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  20. Observing

    Michael Steele... what can you say? Consider the source. Paid alibi mouth piece.

    June 21, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  21. Chino

    A person deserves a round of golf now and again? How about twice a week in between basketball games, private concerts with top performers, dinner parties, several vacations, scheduled meetings with celebrities and pro athletes and occasionally paying attention to a country being bankrupt with 10% unemployment. The article makes it seem like he works 100 hrs a week and tries to find time for himself every other month. Typical defending of the liberal media. They are also attendees to many of his social functions- like friends. They don't want to be dis-invited.

    June 21, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  22. Stephan

    "No more golf outings, no more baseball games, no more Beatle's concerts" Michael Steele said as he saddled off to a swanky South Beach gentleman's club with a group of 30-something GOP donors.......

    June 21, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  23. Joseph B

    President Bush took 1020 vacation days when president.
    And the Republicans are upset about one round of golf?

    June 21, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  24. John

    REALLY!!! and how many vacations did Bush take after 9/11? The GOBP has such short memories!

    June 21, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  25. Billy J in Texas

    Wish these same folks had been worried when BUSH was on vacation during the wars he opted to start.

    On the other hand, Bush could only make things worse. They may have a point, Obama can actually do some good. Although if he walked on water the Fox news headline would be 'Obama can't swim'.

    June 21, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
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