July 12th, 2010
01:08 PM ET
8 years ago

RNC website asks 'Play Golf or Save the Gulf?'

ALT TEXT A new RNC website released Monday questions President Obama’s trips to the golf course during the environmental disaster in the Gulf region. (PHOTO CREDIT: RNC)

Washington (CNN) - Play golf or save the gulf?

That's the question asked on a new website launched Monday by the Republican National Committee. It lists 13 "leisure activities or missteps" made by President Obama since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded on April 20, and visitors can list their top five and share them on Twitter and Facebook.

"President Obama's frustrating tendency to hit the links rather than devote his undivided attention to providing a solution to the worst ecological disaster in American history represents an unacceptable lack of seriousness and focus," RNC Chairman Michael Steele said in a statement provided to CNN. "While communities along the Gulf Coast are reeling from the devastating economic and environmental impact of the ongoing spill, it is beyond offensive that this president would even think of scheduling a tee time."

Updated at 2:00 p.m. ET with statement from Democratic National Committee Press Secretary Hari Sevugan

“It’s nice to know that Michael Steele can take time out of his busy schedule of fending off calls for his resignation to play politics with the oil spill," Sevugan said. "And it’s too bad he’d rather play political games than support the Administration’s efforts to hold BP accountable and a pass energy security bill that ensures we are never in a position where we are reliant on big oil companies like BP again. Of course, if we could harness even a fraction of the energy Republicans put into these silly websites we wouldn’t need a new energy bill.”

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soundoff (156 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Raise money & come up with new ideas or go to strip/bondage clubs.

    July 12, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    Obama is living the "good life", as President, and he intends to make the most of it.......on our nickle.

    Don't look for any changes there.

    July 12, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  3. michael MN

    When every single minute of my day is booked and I have about 250,000 more things to look after then the average Palin then I believe he is allowed to relax some

    But at least he isn't clearing brush

    July 12, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  4. Sam Ellison

    This website is a much better idea than providing solutions or manpower to helping the Gulf.

    How much oil was released into the Gulf while the RNC came up with this?

    July 12, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  5. Bob in PA

    Doing little or nothing is all part of the Obama plan.
    Impose the greatest hardships on the American people that they have had to endure in their existence, and they will become more and more dependent on government.

    July 12, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  6. VB Lincoln Park NJ

    Any comments from Mr. FEET-IN-MOUTH Steele are laughable!

    July 12, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  7. RNClowns

    How quickly the repukagains forget about Bush's fishing trip days after Katrina...

    July 12, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  8. Zombie Jesus

    so I guess Obama is supposed to provide a solution for the gulf? I guess hundreds of experts don't have the solution but Obama does?

    Republicans should go back to doing what they do best; ignoring facts, writing books and tweeting.

    July 12, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  9. gcole

    Guess chopping wood is the only way a Pres is allowed to unwind. What hypocrits.

    July 12, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  10. Jamey

    Play golf, who cares about a bunch of red states.

    July 12, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  11. one voice

    President Bush leads ALL Presidents for most time on vacation while in office, so STFU

    July 12, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  12. Kyler

    Bush never played golf after 9/11 or Katrina?

    July 12, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  13. one voice

    President Obama has done more for the Average Americans than ANY GOP clown in history so STFU CLOWNS

    July 12, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  14. RN

    George W was well known for the time he spent on his ranch – rather than devoting his attention to the problems we faced. Did Steele and the other republicans show any interest in holding him responsible?

    July 12, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  15. Hud

    We laugh because it's funny, and we laugh because it's true. Too bad the folks in that area can't laugh...

    July 12, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  16. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    How much could he do after hearing all the reports and getting information and then issuing directives for those that are there? Are the Republicans suggesting that he suit up and do all the clean up by himself? That is a bit much. It would be nice if ALL the members of Congress did a few hours of work cleaning the mess up. That would be close to 500 people going to help; you can't expect that all of them are able to in good enough health to do that.

    July 12, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  17. Steph

    President Obama is the hardest working president of my lifetime. The RNC looks just plain foolish trying to mock him for a golf game on father's day. Seriously??? That's just backasswards (or assbackwards to the rest of us)!

    By the way, the rest of America is still waiting to hear any, c'mon just one, solution to any issue. Seriously, GOP, pick an issue and give a solution. Any issue...oh, but you're solution can't involve deregulation or tax cuts for the rich...those methods are perfect examples of "failed policies".

    July 12, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  18. tony

    Dear RNC,

    Bush spent one third of his presidency on vacation when the country is fighting two wars, one of which did not even attack us.

    July 12, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  19. malabar

    Tainted gulf whoa oh, tainted gulf, sink obama tainted gulf! notice how people are rushng to buy green autos and every1 is focused on getting us off oil? sure. hahaha, i personally love how leo dicrapio leaves a carbon footprint 2nd only to al grope but preaches to all of the unwashed masses about how awful we are. and the insecure guilt ridden left likes this prey mantis (ugly body 4 hollywood standards)

    July 12, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  20. Michael - Portage

    I remember that same kind of stupidity coming from the other side of the aisle when Bush II was accused of spending more time biking and hitting the gym than attending to the affairs of state.

    This kind of ignorant, self-serving sniping is just plain stupid regardless of where it resides on the political spectrum. Anyone who makes anything out of it is equally dumb.

    July 12, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  21. U.S. Common Sense

    Amusing, but that's about it. Offers no value.

    July 12, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  22. Big dude

    Again...this idiot Palin and her Republican crew manage to shine the heavenly light on their stupidity...Has Palin even visited the Gulf yet?? has she donated time or money to the effort to help? Has any Republican done anything to 'save the Gulf'?? Have they put together a 20 billion dollar fund? Take your assenine comments and stick them where the Sun don't shine..Pathetic, lying morons...

    July 12, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  23. stevetall

    You half-smart Republican clowns can shove it, and take Sarah Palin with you. You deserve each other!

    Now, what have any of you done lately to make a difference? Oh, yeah. Nothing, except to criticize the efforts to clean up the mess that you made. No wonder the Republican Party is almost out of business.

    July 12, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  24. Malty

    The media has covered more Obama parties, dates, golfing, basketball, parties, fundraising, parties and dates than they did for any other president that I can remember.

    Yes, it appears that Obama is a part-time president that gives speeches while having his staff push toxic programs and policies.

    As time goes on, the less I want Obama 'leading' our country–leading us to poverty. Just a thought.

    July 12, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  25. Peter s

    RNC have ran out of ides! phew phew!!!. I think he should be out there saving the gulf dressed in in a diving suite and a tool kit! and I think the RNC chairman will be the spanner boy!!! go go obama close the leak!!!

    July 12, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
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