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. Craig

    So where is the republican ideas for helping? Or is the horror of theoil spill only important if it can be used for political points

    July 12, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  2. tray117

    Hello? Doesn't anyone remember W saying," I think about the war every day. Now watch this swing"? Oh, right. Duh! They can't handle the truth.

    July 12, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  3. Dan

    In The United States of America, BP is a business that makes their own business decisions.

    Those who want the the US government to run oil companies should be in Russia, China, Venezuela, or Iran.

    BP created the spill and they agreed to pay for the spill. Long before the President met with BP, BP began running ads that they would pay all reasonable claims and they promised to cleanup this mess.

    It makes me sick that BP wasn't paying claims and it resulted in thousands of hard working Americans being forced to sign up for food stamps just to feed their families.

    July 12, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  4. th

    The Republicans are a bunch of hypocrits. Is the President suppose to be awake and in meetings regarding the oil spill along with everything else that the Repugs messed up while in office 24/7. Everyone needs a breather now and then to clear the mind.

    July 12, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  5. Linda

    The masses are truly asses if they think that by playing golf our commander in chief is not still focused on the crisis in the Gulf. Rather than be happy that for the first time since 2000 we have a President that can walk and chew gum at the same time, there are morons out there that think that if he isn't actually sitting on the leaking well that he is ignoring the problem. GIVE IT A REST ALREADY.

    July 12, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  6. Concerned Canadian

    I like Obama but I feel he has not really taken charge of this very serious crisis. I do not understand why there has been no independent assessment of the blowout – we still have no accurate
    figure for the volume of oil gushing into the Gulf – plus we can only see what BP wants us to see....
    I think criticism of Obama over this issue is justified.

    July 12, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  7. L.A.W.

    Hmmm, it looks like the RNC has forgotten that their boy GWB used the most vacation time of any President EVER.....& he still managed to start 2 wars, get us in a position of being loathed worldwide, & oh yeah, tank the economy.......

    Funny, them not mentioning that. I mean, let's consider a heads up comparison – days & days in Crawford cutting brush & riding a pickup truck vs a couple of rounds of golf.....really amazing that this is what the pride of the RNC comes up with.

    July 12, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  8. barry

    Yes, what is he doing about the Gulf nothing, what regulations have been put in place to make sure this does not happen again, nothing.
    He has time to play golf. the VP has time to go on talk shows joking about spy exchanges. He has time to sue AZ on trying to do something that the US goverment does not want to to. The only thing funny is all this people that thought he was going to bring all this change and hope including Oprah.

    The only thing that needs to be done is all the people that live on the coast and live in AZ need to make sure 2012 is the time for change and send him packing back to IL.

    July 12, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  9. Eric

    He has a Blackberry? Whats the problem. Everyone I know works from a golf course!! BIG DEAL!

    July 12, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  10. Reggie

    This is the dumbest RNC issue yet. The President playing golf or reading a book has no impact on whether the Gulf is saved. What has the RNC done to save the Gulf? I am thoroughly disgusted with this political jockeying. How about the RNC actually come to a debate with true, meaningful resolutions to problems. Wow...a Republican idea that sincerely aids the country's issues. Now there's a bizzaro world. I can only dream.

    July 12, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  11. Chris S

    Some words are coming to mind. I think they are "now watch this drive"

    July 12, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  12. JohninTampa

    The Republican Party can put their web site where the sun don't shine.

    July 12, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  13. Shari from Madison WI

    I am completely frustrated and sick of the Republican party trying to make President Obama into the bad guy when we all know it was republicans who gave the Oil tycoons all the loop holes in the world to not give a damn about safety. Republicans are in the pocket of BIG OIL (Can anyone say Dick Chaney?) The president needs relaxation time like any other human being.

    July 12, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  14. Please

    yah, like Bush was never on the ranch "clearing brush". The GOP is a bunch of frauds.

    July 12, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  15. Bob

    GREAT comeback. That should have the GOP reeling for a good week. Man, the GOP is just void of anything remotely resembling tact.

    July 12, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  16. Shucks

    They really have nothing legitimate to lay on this President, so they come up with something this juvenile. Yeah, this is who should be running the country. White, angry, racist men who think like a twelve year old. (sorry to all the twelve year olds).

    July 12, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  17. Rick in AZ

    Is this it? Is this all they have? How moronic . Maybe President Obama should buy a faux ranch and spend time cutting non existant brush.

    July 12, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  18. Future expat

    Dear GOPers,

    Two words: Crawford, Texas.

    Those of us who don't get all our news from FOX.

    July 12, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  19. diane

    leave president Obama alone, you repubs most likely had something to do with the OIL SPILL., LIKE HELPING TO MAKE IT HAPPEN. you want smaller gov. so that

    big oil, wall street and medical profession can continue to do exactly what they want.

    July 12, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  20. upstate-ny

    Seriously, who cares if he plays golf. Our last president took more vacations than any other president.

    July 12, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  21. commonsense529

    I'm not surprised by what the RNC is doing and/or saying about Obama. I mean really, Republicans have opposed everything this president has attempted. Surely I don't expect the RNC to give him a break on anything. During this presidency, more than any other democratic presidency, the RNC has shown its true colors. I've never been more sickened by the display of immature political games in my life.

    I'm embarrassed to say I'm a registered republican.

    July 12, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  22. normajean

    This is disgusting. Now it looks like CNN and the Republicans are just two of a kind. In the first place, NOBODY works 24-7 without a break, including you CNN.." The Party of NO" has taken most of the last two years off and nobody's getting anywhere calling them on it. If the Repubs think this is going to get them more votes, they don't know much about people {didn't think they did anyway} We, {friends ,neighbors and family} take real offense at this tactic and wouldn't vote for a Repub. for ANY office. Watch the fur fly in Nov. You Republicans just haven't learned a damn thing, have you? Do we have to show you pictures of past presidents relaxing in the middle of wars and other major happenings ....no,
    I don't think you have brains enough to accept them.

    July 12, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  23. Libby

    I can only hope that Steele and the RNC remember all of those vacation days from early in the W administration.

    An August 2003 article in the Washington Post indicates that President Bush spent all or part of 166 days during his presidency at that point in time at his Crawford, Texas, ranch or en route. Add the time spent at or en route to the presidential retreat of Camp David and at the Bush family estate in Kennebunkport, Maine, and Bush has taken 250 days off as of August 2003. That's 27% of his presidency spent on vacation.

    George Bush Sr. took all or part of 543 vacation days at Camp David and in Kennebunkport. Ronald Reagan spent 335 days at or en route to his Santa Barbara, California, ranch during his eight years in office.

    Oh, selective memories...

    July 12, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  24. Denise

    Wow... members of the RNC must be really flexible, because they obviously love to stretch.

    July 12, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  25. John Doe

    Oh look. the fundis are getting their pants in a bunch. Isn't that cute. Because yah know they are always on 24/7 and never take a break themselves. The oil spill has been going 70 something days. EVERYONE gets a break from time to time. Bush did and he got trashed. The difference? He took a break a few days into Katrina. Not 70 days into a disaster.

    July 12, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
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