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. Angus McDugan

    OK, this is the epitome of arrogance!!!!!!
    This man DESERVES to play golf!!!!!
    He has done nothing to stop the oil hemorrhaging from the gulf's floor!!!!!

    The gulf crisis has no end in sight so what the heck is he doing to stop the leak.

    This is as bad as the Republican politician apologizing to BP!

    June 21, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  2. JFS

    Thank you Mr. Steele for your insightfulness....where were you when "W" was faced with Katrina ??? He could have used you observations. Guess that was OKAY...but not when a Democrat is at the helm. Well now that is just not tolerable. You NASTY hypocrite. May God forgive you sir.

    June 21, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  3. Rick

    What about the other 7 1/2 days he's played golf during the oil spill? Including the day before his last trip to the Gulf. And this from the same White House who criticized BP for taking "one" day to watch a Yachting event...very nice. Hypocrite, fake

    June 21, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  4. Jamie, Louisville, KY

    Michael Steele is the biggest DOOSH in America

    June 21, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  5. Marie MD

    steele, thanks again, for reminding us in MD why erhlich is not coming back as governor of our state. You were his running mate after all.
    Who exactly doesn't think the President should have some down time? Oh yeah, the party of NO, the repugsthe GOBP. Nothing like a little R&R to recoup the brain cells. At least he didn't go yatching to get his life back.
    Let's see . . . . . Reagan = 546 vacation days during his two terms.
    The shrub = 997 vacation days (between Camp David and the TX ranch) roughly 33% of his administration. Then again, even when he was in DC he really wasn't running the country, but who is counting.
    The McCartney visit had already been plannedl. Are you forgetting that he postponed and/or cancelled his trips to Austrailia and Indonesia. No, of rcourse not, but that wouldn't play into your dumg a$$ agenda.
    At least President Obama stays in town. I am sure if anything were to happen he wouldn't be caught reading children's books and continue while we were being attacked by extremists muslims.

    June 21, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  6. joef

    Really?

    Listen, although I am probably the biggest advocate about the lack of morals for this president, the guy deserves time off. I consider myself an independant so I can vote how I like. I will and would never vote for Mr Obama, however, everyone needs time off. No rest equals mistakes.

    By the way, is Mr. Steele volunteering any of his time toward the effort?

    June 21, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  7. Charlie in Maine

    Oh yeah like Republicans haven't had any fun since the spill started.

    He has a tough job and needs to relax I get it.
    At least he is golfing and not fooling around South Carolina GOP style.

    PS I never complained about George W Bush taking vacation (of course he was such a crappy President any time he spent off the job was good for America.

    I guess you feel different about Obama. Come to think of it I don't blame you he IS different.

    June 21, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  8. tonemaster

    When I think of all the heat Bush took when HE went golfing it shows the double standard at its worst. Obama has already been on the course more in 18 months than Bush did in 8 years. Then again it was not easy to find time in his schedule of 27 White House private concerts of his left wing music worshipers. Poor man, he just needs to relax!

    June 21, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  9. Harriet BUGGS

    Michael Steele is an idiot! No one expects anyone to work around the clock. Mr. Steele, if you can't say something intelligent, don't say anything!!!!!

    Hater!

    June 21, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  10. T Cochran

    If a President waits to take some downtime when there is no crisis going on in the USA or abroad, then he would never have any downtime. I don't agree with President Obama 90% of the time but I do feel he needs some time off considering he operates at full bore most of the time.

    June 21, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  11. ST

    This kind of opposition is totally ridiculous. What alternatives GOP is coming with? instead what they are doing is to go after every movement the President does. Soon they will say the President doesn't deserve to sleep because the oil is gushing day and night! Absurd!

    June 21, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  12. Laura

    Every time we turn around, the Obamas are taking another trip or hosting another party or taking "off" for a long weekend. He is taking WAY too much time off considering that the USA is in utter turmoil.
    While Nero fiddles, Rome burns...

    June 21, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  13. denny, VA

    Where are all the drive-by media and the big three networks?Can you imagine the stink if George Bush played as much golf if he were in the middle of a 63 day oil spill, after he turned the Dutch offer to help down to placate his union buddies, three days after the event???? 2012 can't come soon enough.

    June 21, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  14. peter

    Why the republicans didn't open their mouth when the war monger Bush spent most of his 8 yrs vaccationing. Or were they thinking it is better for him to be away, so Mr VP can do things to their liking.

    June 21, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  15. USA401

    They should have said this when Bush was in office.

    June 21, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  16. Tony

    So it was perfectly acceptable for Bush to play golf after he started a war with Iraq, but Obama playing golf now is over the line.

    What a loser.

    June 21, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  17. Hendrik

    Hey Uncle Tom Michael Steele,

    More garbage from the old white men and tea beggers transmitted through you, the token black man.

    Republicans stink, all of them, no exceptions.

    June 21, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  18. th

    Steele, along with all the repubs are a bunch of hypocrits. President Obama can't and will never satisfy any of them no matter what he does or doesn't do.

    June 21, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  19. Ann

    When will Michael Steele get it right, that he is a puppet for the Republican Party and everytime he opens his mouth he sounds like the clown that he is. What did he do for Father's Day since he is so righteous?

    June 21, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  20. Bill

    Wonder how the Republicans feel about the big bash Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell is throwing at The Homestaed in Hot Springs. If the President had visited the Gulf again on Father's Day, the Repubs would have branded him a bad daddy. So what have the Repubs done about Baloney Bod Wayward Hayward but hold up the bill to take the cap of BP's damges and the Energy Bill? The Repubs are like the old guy in the neighborhood who screams at the kids every time their ball rolls into his yard.

    June 21, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  21. david

    lets see... bp.. boy goes to a boat race...and gets killed for it obama osama goes to a baseball game..goes out golfing...and nothing...what a bunch of shi t ....this boy can't lead a monkey to a rope

    June 21, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  22. Louie

    How many times do we have to tell you Republicans to go jump in a lake? Bush was losing Iraq and Afghanistan, sending gas prices up 400% and he went to his ranch whenever he felt like it and "vacationed." His daddy went to Kennebunkport whenever he wanted. Reagan flew to California while destroying jobs in the Midwest and singlehandedly causing the "rust belt" to exist. He also destroyed OUR unions while insisting the Poles should create unions. Nixon - no comment. He doesn't deserve one. Eisenhower slept dreaming of Communists in Hollywood while the Russians stole our nuclear bomb and beat us into space. The conservatives are just that - conservative. Narrowminded little minds. They even protested the Model T insisting that the horse-drawn carriage should have the right of way. And lastly, Tony Hayward deserves a day off. I'm liberal and Democrat all the way. But, he's human just like the people in Louisiana and he deserves to spend a weekend in Britain if he wants to.

    June 21, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  23. Steve29376

    So why don't you feel the same way about the CEO at BP? Liberals are blasting him for his time with his family BUT it's ok for the Obama idiot.

    June 21, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  24. David in Houston

    After working relentlessly to solve the myriad of problems left over from the Bush administration I'd say this round of golf is warranted.

    And before all the tin-foil hat wearing, tea-bag birthers start with their ill-conceived comments...

    FACT: George W. Bush spent 487 days @ Camp David while President

    FACT: George W. Bush spent 490 days @ his Crawford ranch while President

    487 + 490 = 977 Days

    That means that Bush spent an entire 1/3 of his 8-year presidency on vacation...

    Any questions?

    June 21, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  25. d1120

    Bill Burton is wrong.....count me as 'one'.

    June 21, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
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