June 21st, 2010
02:14 PM ET
5 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. Barb

    Can he use the restroom?

    June 21, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  2. This is a NUT amongs many Repu NUTS

    Help these people

    June 21, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  3. drdrewbert

    What's wrong with playing golf? I played yesterday as well!

    June 21, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  4. Jimmy James John Jingle

    This just in: more republicans have more nasty things to say about Obama.

    June 21, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  5. Mitch

    Dear Mr. Steele....where was your condemnation of President Bush during Katrina. I'm still waiting to hear it.

    June 21, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  6. Fort Lauderdale, FL

    He absolutely deserves a round of golf. In fact, he could do all of us a favor, and switch to golf as a profession. Golf needs a new face on the green, and we need a new one in the White – House.

    June 21, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  7. Rob

    Didn't bush spend 50% of his time in office on vacation?

    June 21, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  8. Mark Ferbet, KCMO

    The President of the United States is on the clock 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year. Even if on "vacation" or playing a round of golf, going to a game with his kids... he is still "on the clock"!

    Steele is a blowhard. He represents a Party that can't seem to find a central voice, and he's obviously not it. The Tea Party is tearing apart the GOP, so Steele has to strike out against the President.

    Well, The President is a Father First. It was Father's Day weekend. He is allowed a little time to spend with his family and himself. Don't think for once he didn't start any of those days with Briefings at the butt crack of dawn... and didn't work well into the early hours of the next day.

    June 21, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  9. Eilleen Feldman

    I find it hard to believe that Michael Steele or any Republican can criticize the President's "few vacation days". George W. Bush spent more time on vacation, away from the White House or on his ranch than any former President. He was on vacation sometimes 2-3 weeks. How soon the Republicans forget!

    June 21, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  10. Jeff

    I thought it was un-christian to work on the ´Lord´s day´. What you say to that Republicants?

    June 21, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  11. Fed Up!

    Yacht racing, golf ... it's all the same. It shows that Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Tony Hayward, Mitch McConnell, Edie Cantor, John Boehner have all been corrupted by the power they wield.

    It tells the people who are being devastated by BP's oil leak catastrophe, "my recreation is more important than your problem."

    I mean it's not like any of these bozos have been cleaning up beaches or trying to save wildlife with their own hands 24/7.

    June 21, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  12. Tina

    The Rupugs should probably be very very quiet....Especailly after that idiot from TEXAS Barrton's comments.........

    June 21, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  13. 50 STATES

    Since the oil spill, every time a republican has opened their mouth, oil spews out!

    June 21, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  14. John Kwateng

    All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. I am sure Mr.Steele has not taken a vacation since the oil disaster started.

    June 21, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  15. Captain Awesome

    So can the head of BP use the same excuse for leaving the cleanup to go to a yacht race? Both men left the U.S. for a little R and R and only one of them gets savaged by the media. But of course, Obama has his boot on the neck of BP, right?
    Obama = Jimmy Carter

    June 21, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  16. Angry Vet2

    Yeah, and how many times did the RNC comdemn W. for his vacations in Texas? Let's see- ZERO. Wars in two countries and W. took his vacations. Great leader that W. Dick shoots someone on vacation and did the RNC comment. Nada. HYPOCRITS!

    June 21, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  17. Tari Torch Sweeney - Shaker Heights, OH

    Such jealous, small-minded people. Any psychiatrist will tell you that stress relief is needed for any person in such a situation. How Obama gets his relief is his business.

    June 21, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  18. janice

    I would love to see the hours he spends at work compared to other Presidents. I bet it is alot more. I see him in the news, I see him on every blog and on every show every day doing something. So please tell us the hours a day he works there must be a log. Then tell everyone to compare this with others. Not to mention the extreme decissions he has to make.
    I know we have a short attention span but please also list what he has accomplished in a year and a half. If John Mc Cain got in he would be napping instead of golfing so whats the difference.

    June 21, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  19. Dave

    I didn't vote for him but those who did better think twice before voting this man again into office !!

    June 21, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  20. NiceGirl

    Steele is a bigger idot than Palin!

    June 21, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  21. GI Joe

    Maybe we should hear nohing else from Steele until the oil mess is over. I'm sure he spends most of his week-ends doing as he please. In fact, NONE of the republicans are working 24/7 - they don't even work 8 hours a day, 5 days a week.

    Until the republicans offer to help instead of just critisizing, they can go straight to hell as far as I'm concerned. Maybe steele should go down and mop up the oil.

    June 21, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  22. Michael

    I guess it was okay for President Bush to take vacations while people in New Orleans and other parts affected by Katrina were still trying to get relief. Michael Steele and other republicans are hipocrits.

    June 21, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  23. Sunny

    Mr. Steele – what were you doing over the weekend? You probably have no other life but others do...including the President of the United States. Everyone needs a little time off...to recharge.

    June 21, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  24. David H

    Michael Steele has no business pointing his finger at anyone. Let's face it, he's been doing nothing but rip off the RNC. I have no problem with Obama golfing.

    June 21, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  25. Naqib

    Well heck... not like anthing important is going on...

    One and Done... it's like a bad Joke

    June 21, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
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