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. Captain Awesome

    HA! I love it. This breaks it down and tells us just how badly obama and the democrats have handled this whole mess. Will obama return all that campaign cash he received from BP? It will be fun to watch liberals' collective heads explode over this one.

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

    Michael Steele and the RNC are the biggest bunch of idiot scumbags I've ever seen. Did President Bush ever take a vacation or take any type of R&R after 9/11? During the Iraq and Afgan wars? Of course he did!!!
    Michael, resign your post before you embarass yourself even more.

    July 12, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  3. Dee

    Maybe the democrates should show President Bush golfing and attending a country western concert two days after Katrina hit the Gulf Coast. Thousands of people trying to get shelter in a stadium and hundreds dead. Cheney in Wyoming and Bush in Texas.

    July 12, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  4. David in Houston

    The RNC has never been one to worry about those pesky little things called facts...

    Michael Steele...the gift that keeps on giving!

    You otta love that old GObP!

    July 12, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  5. Annie, Atlanta

    Will someone please tell me why we are paying the Republicans to just say no, including health care benefits and pensions? Is this all they have? The President is supposed to do what, live down in the gulf region and maybe dive and plug the hole with his finger? I am so sick of the game of politics taking precedent over fixing the nation's woes. People are hurting and these sobs are playing games. When will enough be enough, already?

    July 12, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  6. Jeff from Va

    Hold them accountable, when does he plan on correcting the problem.
    I can't believe that we do not have the technology to do what needs to be done. Stop running all over the country trying to help your democrats, do your job and get this taken care of!!!!!!!

    July 12, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  7. Where are the JOBS!

    Pass the Unemployment Extension !!!!

    July 12, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  8. Doc

    What a short term memory these folks have. Bush continued to play golf until nearly the end of his term even after 9/11, two wars and Katrina. Bush is also know as the president that spent more time on vacation during his administration than any previous president. To top it off Cheney not only went duck hunting (with Scalia) and quail hunting as well.
    Stop taking these stupid pot shots and give us answers to the problems that confront America!

    July 12, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  9. isaiah's grandma

    whoa there partner....
    what about Bush being ABSENT equally to the days he was in the oval office?
    what ever happened to BUSH talking about the war in Iraq, then saying to the reporters,
    "now watch this swing..." and cracked a golf ball? AS HE WAS GOLFING with other people in his cabinet?
    Frankly, I'd rather have Obama than Bush ANY DAY OF THE WEEK.
    At least Obama can string words together and form a proper sentence.
    You Republicans have yet to produce someone intelligent.

    July 12, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  10. SA in OO


    Does anyone in the RNC or the Republican Party for that matter have a plan for what to do about the spill? Have they even thought about it?

    The fact that this is an unprecedented environmental catastrophy should lead rational commentators to realize that there probably isn't a quick fix obvious solution. AND the scale of the problem should lead the same "rational" commentators to appreciate the monumental logistical issues of implementing a solution once you do have an idea of how to proceed.

    BUT in the current politics of the moment it is all about hate and hype – not thoughtful anything.

    Unlike the last President how hired a horse trader (literally, "Browine" raised horses) to handle the Katrina Catastrophy, Obama is a thinker and more importantly a delegator.

    I defy any in the hate filled purely political right to name a previous president who had more big problems to deal with and who has handled them in a more professional manner.

    IF he took a day off to recharge on the golf course once in a while, so be it. By comparison the Rabid Republican right is "out to lunch" every day.

    IF you have no solutions – only hate – then keep your _ _ _ _ mouth shut.

    July 12, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  11. wycliffe

    stupid politics

    July 12, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  12. Bob(Illinois)

    And what, may I ask, has the GOP done to HELP solve the problems? Any problems?

    July 12, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  13. Ron

    What is good for the goose is good for the gander. Remember when George Bush played a few rounds of golf and the Democrats went berserk telling Bush that during a catastrophe (at that time concern was IRAQ war) he should not be golfing since it looks like he doesn't care? Bush agreed and did not golf the rest of his presidency. Now, during a massive catastrophe now going on 3 months, Obama is playing golf CONSTANTLY!!

    Now, it doesn't bother me much if a president takes a few minutes out of a few days to relax a little but why is it wrong for Bush to do it and not Obama? If Democrats think it's okay then they need to ALSO state PUBLICLY they were wrong to pressure George Bush to stop playing golf. OR if it was wrong for Bush then state PUBLICLY it is wrong for Obama to play golf during a catastrophe. If the Democrats DO NOT PUBLICLY denounce one of the above then they are HYPOCRITS!!

    Of course everyone with the intelligence one notch above a jellyfish KNOWS that the Democrats are HYPOCRITS but now is there time to prove me wrong............ I'm waiting..........

    July 12, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  14. Linda from Minnesota

    I guess the repubs expected him to swim down there and fix it himself. Should he sit in his office until its fixed? As long as he is on top of things (and he is) he can play golf.

    This president had multiple issues to fix when he took office and then a multitude of other things happened. He is human people, and working to make things better. Give him a chance, quit the complaining and join together to work to get this country to where it was BEFORE President Bush took over.

    And thank GOD we do not have John McCain and Sarah Palin in office.

    July 12, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  15. AndyBlue

    Wow, Is this what the republican party has reduced themselves to?

    They really do have absolutely nonthing.

    And they want control of our soldiers lives and your childrens future again?

    No ideas. Pushing htred and fear. Always proven to be for the big corporations over the citizens. I dont see what atracts people to support this party.

    They pretty much disgust me after these past 10 years. They resemble spolied children having a tantrum and nothing more.

    July 12, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  16. Matthew

    I would rather have my president playing golf than taking a Texas vacation.

    Do we not remember that Bush took more vacation days than any other president? Why do we forget so fast?

    July 12, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  17. Living in America

    Wow his full undivided attention. Can the President even go to the bathroom. Then folks would have said unemployment is more is important.Where was the website when President Bush was playing golf during the Gulf War. Where was the website when Katrina happened where he did a fly over and didn't even get out of the plane to give the PEOPLE a glass of water and folks going crazy over some oil slicked penquins.. He doesn't want to go there. Like Rand Paul said it was an accident and accidents do happen.It is so amazing how folks is expecting everything out of President Obama when President Bush sat for 8 years. Steele the President doesn't have to spend every second on the gulf oil spill. That is why we are called "EMPLOYEES" and they give orders to us to take care of such matters.

    July 12, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  18. usualone

    During the Republican administration controls on oil were deregulated. When people play golf, they often discuss business and/or clear their heads. This President has been bombarded with issues and he has tackled them with gusto. Because he doesn't scream out loud of his accomplishments, he is an easy target. I don't recall George Bush acting more effectively for people on the Gulf after the Katrina disaster. Some still live in trailers or elsewhere. This kind of comment from the Republicans is non-productive and strictly political. I guess they want the President to be in the Gulf 40 hours a day. They taste "victory" and yet never produce any "constructive" solutions to problems as massive as this oil spill.

    July 12, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  19. harvey 60

    Steele made a mistake. He said: "WHILE communities along the Gulf coast". What he emant to say was WHITE communities along the Gulf coast, because that's the only folks that Republicans care about. If they cared about other people, Bush wouldn't have done a fly-over of New Orleans after Katrina, and Bobby Gumball the Governor of La. wouldn't still have half the city's lots still vacant.

    July 12, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  20. alleycat

    I voted for Obama to lead this country. 24/7. I didn't vote for him to spend my dimes on the golf course.

    All he has done is throw my grandchildren's money at things hopeing they would disappear.

    24/7 OBAMA not when you want. If you can't do it 24/7 then I would suggest you GET OUT.

    July 12, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  21. anonymous

    Are you kidding me? Is the American public so gullible that they believe this baloney that the GOP continues to throw into the air? In case anyone has forgotten, the reason that we are in this mess to begin with (and alot of other messes that this administration inherited) is because the Republicans removed and/or gutted corporate regulations meant to keep things like this from happening.

    Why would they do such a thing you ask? Well, because they are a greedy bunch of selfish people who take lots and lots of money from big business corporations. They would rather defend these corporations and allow them to do whatever they want to do rather than hold big business accountable with regulations that would protect Americans and our way of life.

    July 12, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  22. Martin Lewis

    I wish Obama didn't do some of the things on that website's list. Getting help from other countries? C'mon, why not? Other countries that drill for oil probably dealt with similar situations and could have offered resources to help. And what's up with Obama being the largest recipient of BP money?

    July 12, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  23. Johnny DC

    Typical response from the Democrats here. Deflect the legitimate concerns over Obama's priorities into the classic blame game of "which party is worse?"

    You can basically translate any Democrat press statement as "we acknowledge our own terrible governing, but at least we're better than they used to be."

    Change we can all believe in.

    July 12, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  24. JHosley

    Perhaps if he were in Crawford, Texas clearing brush it would be more acceptable to the RNC.

    July 12, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  25. A-duh

    The outrage should be over George W Bush being able to go to sleep after all the men and women that have DIED because of his and Richard Cheney's false claims of weapon of mass destruction.

    July 12, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
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