July 12th, 2010
01:08 PM ET
11 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. Biased

    From the article:
    "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.”"

    Yes, maybe the republicans should be doing their work re the likes of what the democrats are doing – putting out the call to have every democrat dig up dirt on any republican candidate they can . with the funniest of all being whether they paid their taxes. Coming from the likes of a party with poster boys like Geithner, Sebelius, Daschle and others who didn't pay their taxes – that is the last topic I would want to remind people about when democrats only pay their taxes when they get caught before being placed in positions of authority like running the Treasury.

    July 12, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    are you kidding me, call the kettle black...are you telling me that Republican congress does not play golf.....let us have a look at how many weeks off Pres. Bush spent on vacation......try again

    July 12, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  3. Hypocrisy

    I'm sure the liberals will cry foul, but yet your silent when your DNC starts a website to post youtube videos of GOPer making flubs. Such hypocrites. You scream and cry when Bush takes his vacation during -Katrina, but poor beleagured Obama deserves a hard-earned break during the oil spill, takes nearly 2 weeks to go down there, over a month to make a serious public speech on it....oh, and let's not forget him yukking it up with his Lamestream media cronies at the correspondent's dinner when the disaster first happened...who's out of touch?

    But when all else fails, blame Bush and the Republicans

    July 12, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  4. David, CA

    I wonder what Michael Steele's big ideas for handling the oil spill are. I won't hold my breath waiting to hear them or any other ideas the GOP might have.

    They'd prefer to play politics and put up snarky, childish websites.

    July 12, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  5. Tim

    Let's compare Obama's golfing to Bush's "ranching". No President in the history of our country was more disconnected and AWOL than Bush. Leave it to the RNC to embarrass themselves again.

    July 12, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  6. BenJanine

    Doesn't surprise me. Still attacking with no solutions of their own. That's about par for THEIR course.

    July 12, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
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