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. enraged in tn

    The fact that Republicans have the gall to post a website like this after President Bush played golf while launching a war shows how cyncial they have become. "Now watch this drive"

    July 12, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  2. kimberly from Houston, Texas

    RNC is stuck on stupid!

    July 12, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  3. Marty, AL

    This is childish, Michael Steele and the entire RNC is idiots to the first order.

    July 12, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  4. russell nh

    Stupid is as stupid does.

    Exactly what solutions are the republicans offering here?


    July 12, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  5. geecee

    More hate-mongering, scare tactics idiocy from the Party of NO. Please stop thinking the American people are buying your baloney, GOP. What do you want Pres. Obama to do – move down to the Gulf Coast of Louisiana and clean the beach every day? He has other things to do and he is accomplishing alot for this country. It isn't like he's off playing golf every day and ignoring ALL the problems this Country faces both domestically and internationally. He meets with many foreign leaders, campaigns on behalf of Democratic candidates, has daily meetings with his staff, etc. The guy can multi-task you know, unlike Bush who could only focus on one thing at a time – and that was WAR – oh, and lowering taxes for the rich, I almost forgot that one!!

    July 12, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  6. Greg


    July 12, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  7. jane

    The Republicans know full well that the President's playing golf in no way interferes with the fact that he's making sure everything possible is being done to stop the flow of oil in the gulf and alleviate the problems it's caused. The Republicans know this, but they're going to try to make others believe he's vacationing while Rome burns. The fact is, and they also know this, that he is probably the hardest working president the country has ever had, not to mention one of the smartest. Our biggest difficulty is that their administration left our country with such overwhelming problems.

    July 12, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  8. David

    Silly season, of course someone can spend 4 hours on a non work activity. Would Steele have been more comfortable if this time was spent in a strip club with him and his cronies?

    July 12, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  9. Sgt. USMC

    I like the DNC response because it makes a lot of sense. Plus, if we all recall, it was a republican President who vacationed quite often while our Marines, Soldiers and Sailors were DYING.

    Quit playing games rnc!!!

    July 12, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  10. Jack

    So, they're saying President Obama should do nothing else in his life but work on the Gulf problem. I guess if you can't multitask, like most Republicans, this would make sense. I'm pretty sure Obama can think about and do a couple things at the same time. Where were the Republicans when President Bush spent more time on vacation than any other President in history? Cutting brush, I guess, was different.

    July 12, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  11. Sun52shine

    Well, pay golf while our soldiers were being killed and blown up in Iraq or pay golf like Bush! Let me see, play golf or not rescue the refugees from New Orleans like Bush, Cheney and Brown? Called American citizens refugees –

    July 12, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  12. carolinago

    Sorry, GOP. You lost all credibility concerning disasters with the last President.

    July 12, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  13. Joe

    Can these losers get any more childish and silly? No wonder the Republicans do best in the states with the lowest education rates. Their whole approach depends on voter stupidity.

    July 12, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  14. Robert

    A little break from the fishbowl is a healthy thing, By the way, where was the RNC when "W" was off playing cowboy at his "ranch" when he was waging two wars? How do you spell hypocrite? R-e-p-u-b-l-i-c-a-n.

    July 12, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  15. sonny chapman

    I wonder if any of the Repubs. saw the clip of George W. making a serious statement re: Iraq & then swing away at a golf ball. They would have had to have watched Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 911"

    July 12, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  16. Ed L

    Oh yeah... Bush didn't play golf did he?

    He must have just sat and drunk jack daniels while he invaded iraq and afghanistan...

    July 12, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  17. Joe Gaines

    I rather see the President play Golf than attend some X-Rated Sex Club like some of his Republican Friends maybe we should get him a whip while he is out on the course and he could whip some of the Republicans in into saying yes instead of no on everything.

    July 12, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  18. Enough

    Clearly the Obama presidency is a mistake that never should have happened..........what did you expect from a community organizer with ZERO business experience? WE got it, a weak, naive and in over his head leader who only understands campaigning....we got a Campaigner in Chief.

    July 12, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  19. Bob

    Once again, the RNC under Michael Steele has shown that it is capable of nothing more than cheap, dirty politics. The president's done everything he can do short of donning a wetsuit and diving in to close the leak himself. Please correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm not sure that the RNC has contributed anything to the cleanup effort. It's scary that many Americans take this entity, that has turned a grave human and ecological tragedy into a lousy political parlor-trick, seriously.

    July 12, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  20. Fair criticism of Obama

    This is a valid criticism ; played golf; gone on numerous campaign trips on taxpayer dollars; and jetted off the europe to try to win the olympics for Chicago -- this country right now is in horrific shape utterly horrific and it requires a more full time president. The conomy stinks; unemployment is still horrible; unemployment benefts have run out for 2.1 million; we seee the bloddiest 2 months in afghanistan where we are throing away lives and countless billions every day; our borders are not safe; the Gulf is being destroyed; We need a President who will fix things and lead and not blame Bush, Palin, the minority GOP, Michael Steele, or the Governor of arizona. Do your job Mr Obama –or retire

    July 12, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  21. keeth in california

    Hypocrites! We heard nothing from the RNC all those times Bush went on vacation while trying to wage to wars. They're just blowing smoke.

    July 12, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  22. dcgonz

    •Number Of Visits To His Texas Ranch: 77, totaling all or part of 490 days.
    •Number Of Visits To Camp David: 149, totaling all or part of 487 days.

    July 12, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  23. Tommy

    Didn't Bush take extraordinary amounts of vacation time?

    July 12, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  24. mjw

    Michael Steele and the Republicans must have hidden knowledge that would have stopped the oil spill that they are not sharing with the hundreds of experts and engineers from this country and around the world. I am not sure what else they want this President to do that to employ all the drilling experts to deal with the prblem. The republicans come off so childish and silly and when the president fires back they say he is partisan or campaigning. I hope the DNC fires back with some harsh adv against them. If they want to paly that game we can too.

    July 12, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  25. Lucullus

    To paraphrase Robert Welsh "Have they no shame, at long last, have they no shame?" They didn't mind when the Dim Son, Court Appointed Boy President, was asked about global terrorism and he ended his meaningless comment with "now watch this drive."

    This is just the sort of crap the jack boot right pulls that has destroyed political discourse in this county. They offer nothing but nya nya nya nya nya school yard bullying. They've destroyed America and blame in on Obama. The sad thing is that a good part of the country is so stupid that they believe them.

    July 12, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
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