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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  1. Henri

    As someone in sales I take clients golfing frequently but its nothing compared to the golfing extraganza by the President. Obama goes all the time and no matter how bad things are he goes – its ridiculous. Its just another example of where Obama's priorities are and they are not on the Gulf or the economy. I guranantee he has a swing coach somewhere on the White House payroll – he is obsessed.

    July 12, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  2. Bill

    Is this the best the RNC can do? Maybe they could use W's leisure time and brush clearing activities (a third of his presidency) as a benchmark for their study. What a joke.

    July 12, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  3. get real

    The man can "shake down" BP for 20 billion to help the gulf region, visit the area and meet with local officials and citizens three times, continue to run the rest of the government (G8/G20 summit, nominate a supreme court justice, conduct silent raids of companies hiring illegal workers, push for energy innovation, etc...) AND fit in a round of golf. He's my hero! Seriously, does this guy sleep?

    July 12, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  4. snow

    Come on give the widdle guy some leisure time. After all, he has to find time to play golf,play basketball,time to campaign for losing demorats and time for date nights with $100.00 a pound steaks. How can you expect him to work on the economy, jobs and the gulf oil spill. His priorities are clear, maybe his next great brain accomplishment will be to buy himself a tanning bed before the tax on them goes into effect.

    July 12, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  5. ja

    who are they to point fingers, where were their fearless leader during 911, what is President Obama to do siphon the oil himself, the regs put in place without contingincey plans since the early days of drilling are outdated, because of campagin contributions, the solutions is on BP, and the legislators to fix the regs and stop accepting money(payola) to look away

    July 12, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  6. beevee

    Again the mindless of talk of Mr. Steele about the president. It is quite disgusting to listen to this type of comments. Mr. Obama played golf once and this nut Steele comments as though the president is playing golf seven days a week. Some one should talk sense to these nuts to stop making such comments.

    July 12, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  7. Wisconsinite - the GObP Loves Big Oil, But Hates Suffering Americans

    Hey RepubliCAN"TS . . . . how about if you do the job that some (misguided fools) elected you to do and come up with some solutions instead of making utterly childish ads aimed at drumming up political support from those same misguided fools!

    July 12, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  8. sensible Cape Coral Fl

    Stupid comments like this show just how desperate the Republicans are for any meaningful ideas. They are so good at telling us what NOT to do but can never come up with positive suggestions.

    July 12, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  9. AFR531

    Option #3. Spend time at Camp David or Crawford, Texas.

    July 12, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  10. evelin

    what an stupid ad! Everybody deserves some time out, our president works very hard,he needs a few hours to relax nd refill!

    This coming from the RNC, who's last president took 67 vacation days in his first year in office, compared to 27 for Obama!

    July 12, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  11. anthony

    DO they ever stop? Its almost as if Obama cant even take a cr@p without these guys complaining... Hell, i bet theyd even criticize him for sleeping with his wife. Its obvious the Republican Party is desperate to try and gain whatever little ground they can for their failed policies over the last decade. Name calling and immature tactics arent going to save their obsolete way of thinking.

    July 12, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  12. Dee

    Perhaps he should stand on shore and wring his hands while staring into the Gulf. Surprisingly there are other things going on in the country and world that he may have to tend to. Everyone needs some downtime or leisure time to keep going. Give the guy a break for heavens sake. This complete polarization of the political parties is starting to grow old. Work together whatever your ideology! Remember the old "united we stand, divided we fall."

    July 12, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  13. BB

    RNC = Losers

    July 12, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  14. Jennifer

    In all fairness, Bush was pretty unfocused too. It was one of the reasons I felt he was a truly bad president.

    If you want to play golf, go on vacation, campaign for your bestest buddies...don't run for president. That is not the president's job.

    If you want to be President of the United States, learn to focus. When I served in Desert Storm, we were in Saudi Arabia for nine months – no vacations, no golf trips, no jetting off to California or Chicago or anywhere else. We were in a state of war for nine months, and expected to be focused on our job 100% of the time. Obama could take a lesson from the troops.

    July 12, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  15. Mickey, NY

    All I can say is WOW...the terrorist organization known as the GOP has sunk to a new low. These people are nothing but cowards.

    Republicans should be arrested for treason. They are not patriots, nor do they represent the "real" America.

    July 12, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  16. mike

    Funny how they devote this attention to the Gulf when our former President Bush was golfing while our servicemen and women were dying in the Persian Gulf. I guess all Mr. Steele can do is regurgitate the comoplaints against Bush and try to use them. Mr. Steel may want to avoid this whole topic while his party is trying to let BP off the hook for the damage.

    July 12, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  17. Mathew

    That's fine and dandy but where was all this outrage when George W. Bush was playing golf and taking vacations to Crawford? If I recall correctly, Bush was celebrating with John McCain with a birthday celebration and playing guitar with a country singer when Katrina struck (and despite repeated requests for help).

    You want to be mad, fine, but be consistent. If Party X is guilty of something, Party Y should be held up to the same standards.

    July 12, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  18. Conservative Democrat

    I wonder if the RNC raised these questions on Aug. 8, 2001 when GWB was on vacation, and received a memo stating that Al Qaeda was ready to attack America with airplanes. I wonder if the RNC wondered why GWB did nothing about the memo, probably because he was too busy clearing brush on his ranch.

    July 12, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  19. Thomas

    And I bet President Obama had the nerve to eat and sleep too. Clearly the job of the President of the United States is to be on the beaches with a shovel.

    "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," Excuse me Mr. Steele, the President does not have the luxury of undivided attention on anything.

    Even when he plays golf, he has his minions monitoring everything.

    The GOP is so pathetic.

    July 12, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  20. Peggy - TX

    I am so outraged, OUTRAGED!!! that out President takes time out to play golf. It is such an intellectual and expensive game that only snobby politicians and high paid executives take part in. I expect him to be in the golf every day, 24/7, yelling and screaming, red faced with fist waving in the air, making grand stands on oil covered beaches and using his white house staff to make oil sucking machines out of Home Depot Vacuum cleaners and personally directing every available skimmer..... NOT.

    In fact I think the 20Billion recovery fund paid for by BP and managed by a 3rd party far exceeds I would expect from any of our Presidents. I wonder if he came up with the idea while playing golf?

    Steel, This WEB site is so... weak The message Steel is try to get across is clear as day, but I expect to be completely ineffective. I think you greatly underestimate the American people ... Probably because you have been sipping too much tainted tea.

    July 12, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  21. Chicago..the city of mobsters but very beautiful clean streets

    Hypocricy hypocrisy.....let me use a line that the Repubs seem to like to use a lot lately..."didn't seem to mind when bush was doing it for 8 years"

    July 12, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  22. JP


    Where was their rage when Bush was golfing during Katrina? We can all see the GOP is playing political games, with no regard to the security or well being of this nation. The GOP is going to destroy this country.

    July 12, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  23. Jilli

    And the republicans have been MIA since 1/20/2009. What exactly have they done to get us out of the messes their party created?

    With all the issues of importance today, the republicans resort to junior high tactics. They don't deserve another chance. The damage from the bush admin and republican ideology lingers today and will for possibly years, and they still have no plans.

    The progress we're seeing is slow, but it's progress even in light of the constant obstruction from the gop. Better days are ahead, regardless of the efforts by republicans to prevent economic recovery. Rooting for the president to fail is rooting for this country to fail is a slap in the face of every American citizen – the republicans are working for their party and big business, not the country.

    Same old, same old hasn't worked for the past 10 years, why should we believe it would be different this time around.

    July 12, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  24. Tony in Maine

    Solutions – not cuteness.

    Attack doesn't cut it long term. You'd have thought the poobahs of the right would have figured this out after 2006 & 2008.

    This is why conservatives are due to have their chain yanked again.

    July 12, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  25. ex-repulican since McCain picked Palin

    Ummm, are they not meeting about this today, and ummm, did he not get $20 billion for us in Louisiana? And mostly, have "all of you stopped any recreational activity and every form of enjoyment like you want Obama to? Hate, hate, hate from the right. This is so hypocritical, Bush played golf even after swearing he would not until the war was over and our troops home and then was caught playing a few weeks later? Was not Bush at a B-day party for McCain when we were uderwater with no food and water and a place to use the restroom during and after Katrina. How could these people be so purposefully forgetful? They disgust me, I hope they go down big in 2010 and 2012. Trying to poison the public is going to backfire. Start trying to work with the President instead of trying to make him fail!

    July 12, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
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