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Shocking! Obama plays golf during BP oil spill!

Seems President Obama on Sunday compared the BP oil spill to 9/11, then went golfing for four hours. At least that’s the sort of crack reporting that Gateway Pundit’s Jim Hoft offered his readers yesterday. Hoft’s dismissive, one-word take: “Leadership.” My reaction: So what?

Surely even the president deserves -- and probably needs -- some downtime, even now. Weeks spent clearing brush back at the ranch in Hyde Park might be pushing it. But an afternoon on the back nine doesn’t bother me. And whenever Obama does take a few hours off, there will always be enough going on in the world against which to juxtapose his leisure to enable the Jim Hofts of the Internet to take their cheap shots. It was unfair when Michael Moore did this to George W. Bush. And it’s unfair for Hoft to do it to Barack Obama.

Of course, the president might have expected this after comparing the oil spill to 9/11. His point -- that the spill will change the way Americans view relevant national policies -- is fair enough. But even in drawing a more apt analogy to the tragedy of 2001, invoking that loaded pair of numbers practically invites rhetorical excess.

By Stephen Stromberg  | June 14, 2010; 12:14 PM ET
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Good point.

What people fail to realize is that the Office of the President is no only in the Oval Office. It is where ever the President is... Even on the golf course. If a President were not allow to rest until their are no crisis they would die of exhaustion.

Posted by: rcc_2000 | June 14, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

SS,

Perfect comment to Jim Hoft. Let me add another one of Dick Cheney's most famous words...Mr. Hoft.."Go F@@@ Yourself"

Posted by: cavys | June 14, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

From Day one, he has golfed.

Posted by: Cornell1984 | June 14, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Before Golf, Bush Decries Latest Deaths In Mideast

By Mike Allen
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, August 5, 2002; Page A02

Posted by: Cornell1984 | June 14, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Where probably better off with him out playing golf, basketball or whatever. He doesn't make any meaningful decisions anyway!

Posted by: Jimbo77 | June 14, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

The dogged hate is getting tiresome people.

Posted by: racerdoc | June 14, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Go golfing by all means . . . No one expects the president to suck up the oil!

If gets the skimmer operation going that should have started weeks ago I don't care if he goes on a month long cruise!

The problem is delegation . . . he doesn't know how to do it! Get some stinking people in there and start working!

Posted by: reddog62 | June 14, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

This well is 50 miles off the coast, and the fact that the federal government didn't use it's international resources to get equipment to the area and collect spillage by skimming it off the top of water is great failure and gross negligence!

You have to concluded that the Obama Administration sabotage this catastrophe and allowed this to happen, to garner public outrage at oil use and assist in passing their STUPID Cap & Tax idea!

Posted by: theaz | June 14, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Of course, why would you be bothered by seeing your President on the golf course while your way of life is being destroyed... he's "your guy" and can do no wrong!!

Posted by: mockymock | June 14, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

I like when Obama golfs. Then, he isn't hatching new leftist plots against our Constitution.

Posted by: shel_zahav | June 14, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

The Federal Government has international resources but did not use them in order to sabotage a catastrophe and to pass Cap & ... Tax?

That certainly is ... an opinion.

Posted by: mini1071 | June 14, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse


Of course President Obama needs some down time. He works his pointing finger to the bone.

Who will he be pointing it at today? Has he been told yet whose ass he's supposed to kick?

Posted by: RossOdom | June 14, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Reading this I have mixed emotions. September 11th was like Pearl Harbor, a day that defined the US and history for an entire generation. Perhaps the oil spill is something that will define the next generation's commitment to protecting the environment the way we are committed to national security. However it seems that we have a propensity as Americans to fall in love with our political candidates when we elect them and then destroy them when they assume office. This seems sad to me.
I have had leadership positions and know what the support of those I worked with meant to me.

Posted by: jab44 | June 14, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

It's times like these when I like to think back on the glowing oratory of Presidential Candidate Barack Obama. Has it really only been two short years since his prescient statements about the environment?

"This was the moment when the gasoline odor of the oceans began to rise and our planet began to be blanketed in a thick, tar-like ooze; this was the moment when we ended a war or maybe just continued it and a couple of others, and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on Earth to be led by terrible golfer who likes to insult the Special Olympics." -- Barack Obama, June 2008

Posted by: zippyspeed | June 14, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

This well is 50 miles off the coast, and the fact that the federal government didn't use it's international resources to get equipment to the area and collect spillage by skimming it off the top of water is great failure and gross negligence!

You have to concluded that the Obama Administration sabotage this catastrophe and allowed this to happen, to garner public outrage at oil use and assist in passing their STUPID Cap & Tax idea!

Posted by: theaz | June 14, 2010 1:54 PM
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Explain why you feel the Federal Government should nationalize this clean up? Isn't this an industrial accident? Aren't the companies that cause industrial accidents responsible for the clean up?

Posted by: justonevoice | June 14, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Obama has never enjoyed the experience of being a CEO working 10 to 14 hours seven days a week, he assumes he is a partner in a large law firm responsible for the public relation role which includes play golf with his clients/supporter. The media continues its love affair.

Posted by: ZebZ | June 14, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

His point -- that the spill will change the way Americans view relevant national policies -- is fair enough.
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this wont change it enough to pass any of the hairbrained impractical schemes the democrats are pushing.

Posted by: dummypants | June 14, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Excuse me, but I don't seem to remember the Post defending Bush's trips to Texas.
I do know it has not commented on the many vacations our current president has taken this year (Hawaii, North Carolina, Chicago, Camp David) along with numerous (not one) rounds of golf. I don't disagree that a president needs some time of his own, but I tire of the hypocrisy of the press.

Posted by: harris2 | June 14, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Of course, Barack Obama should golf. There has to be something out here he's good at. And he might as well enjoy doing it.

Before the American voter takes away his presidential golf club bag, cart, and secret service caddys. Two and a half years from now.

Thanks much. HLB

Posted by: HLBeckPE | June 14, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

This well is 50 miles off the coast, and the fact that the federal government didn't use it's international resources to get equipment to the area and collect spillage by skimming it off the top of water is great failure and gross negligence!

You have to concluded that the Obama Administration sabotage this catastrophe and allowed this to happen, to garner public outrage at oil use and assist in passing their STUPID Cap & Tax idea!

Posted by: theaz | June 14, 2010 1:54 PM
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Explain why you feel the Federal Government should nationalize this clean up? Isn't this an industrial accident? Aren't the companies that cause industrial accidents responsible for the clean up?

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The consequences was Multi-State and in federal waters, and critical to the environment and economy! I'm in no way instituting, that the government pays the cost or doesn't collect it in the future.

If a tanker of oil crashes and spills on the highway, the local government is prepared to send Haz-Mat crews to clean-up and bring health and safety. The owner of that tanker will still bear the cost!

Posted by: theaz | June 14, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Its not surprising, an Obama worshiper defends Obama's vacationing while the U.S. coasts from Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida are being coated with Goo of Oil, hapless fishermen went jobless, thousands of rigs shut down, the drowning birds becoming U.S. Presidential insignia eagle and Hurricanes are coming as the oil is still gushing at 2 million barrels a day filling the whole Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean

Posted by: read5 | June 14, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

the spill won't get any smaller if Obama spends another 4 hours at the office. Just the opposite. The folks who are on the job and have something useful to do don't have to drop what they are doing and take Obama's calls just so Obama can look like he's on top of it.

At least Obama didn't promise not to play golf until the last drop was cleaned up and then go play anyway. That was the problem with Bush playing after promising not to (which was a silly thing to do in the first place).

Posted by: JoeT1 | June 14, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Obozo should golf ALL THE TIME, less damage to USA that way!

doesn't WaPo EVER get tired of carrying Obozo's water?? I mean ever??

Posted by: morphy | June 14, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

I think he should play golf all day, every day -- dawn to dusk. Watch sports all evening, smoke his last doobie of the day and go to bed. This should be his daily routine till November 2012.

The "We'reSickOfYou" oath: Do no more harm.

Posted by: BadNews | June 14, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Obama is not a hard-working man. His vacations taken and personal time off are astonishing.

As a comparison, I run my own business. Usually, that's 7 days a week--at least 10-12 hours per day, crises all the time to keep things going, and one massive headache after another. I chose this to be my life. Haven't had a vacation in years--certainly no golfing, trips to the theatre in New York, and so on.

Obama chose to run for President. It would be good if he did the job before taking all the perks.

Get rid of this guy and let's really MoveOn.

Posted by: jshaver001 | June 14, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Obama has had to clean up Bush's economic (Wall St.crash) and Cheney's environmental (BP spill) messes for the past two years, he deserves 36 holes of golf!

Posted by: logcabin1836 | June 14, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

I laugh when I think about Obama playing golf. I understand that he keeps his total score versus multi-mulligan, pencil whipping Clinton. Obama's score must be in the high triple digits. He must truly enjoy whacking at a ball several hundred times in four or five hours, but please don't try and convince us that he needs the downtime because scheming to destroy our country isn't that tough for a socialist.

Posted by: davispope | June 14, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

jshaver001......"Obama is not a hard-working man His vacations taken and per sonal time off are astounding"....no true. Matter of fact the award for most time taken goes to George W. Bush....a total of 548 days while in office. That's almost two years vacation. Obama will never match Dubya's vacations.

Posted by: logcabin1836 | June 14, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

FYI, right-wing wankers, Obama is worse than you think. He's a freemason, a member of the Illuminati, and a puppet of the dread OWO-sponsored foreign relations council.

What's worse, you probably remember how the rumor about McCain having a black child sank his presidential chances back in 2000 in S. Carolina, right? Well, Barack Obama has TWO black children, and research shows that he openly admits that they're his, but that he is a mongrel himself and not ashamed to admit it.

OH NO! A BOOGIE IN THE WHITE HOUSE! MOMMY! MOMMY! Whhaaaa..... whaaaaa

Posted by: roblimo | June 14, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Where were all you wise-a$$es when Bush was golfing, cutting wood and ruining the country ? I guess Obama is supposed to work 24/7 even though Bush spent MOST of his term on vacation. You racist folk are such haters that if Obama walked on water, you'd complain that he got his feet wet. Give it a rest, will ya !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Osupport | June 14, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

As a comparison, I run my own business. Usually, that's 7 days a week--at least 10-12 hours per day, crises all the time to keep things going, and one massive headache after another. I chose this to be my life. Haven't had a vacation in years--certainly no golfing, trips to the theatre in New York, and so on.

Obama chose to run for President. It would be good if he did the job before taking all the perks.

Get rid of this guy and let's really MoveOn.

Posted by: jshaver001 | June 14, 2010 4:16 PM

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Obama chose to run for President. It would be really good if he had a real job before running.

I recall reading that President Eisenhower golfed all the time. However, since no one questioned his competence no one objected to him hitting the course.

Posted by: bbface21 | June 14, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

lol wait a second...the difference here is that Bush Jr. took an unprecented (obscene) amount of vaction during his term, while Obama has taken very little.

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | June 14, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

What's the president going to do when a Chinese oil rig or one owed by Hugo springs a leak in the gulf? Is he going to kick some ass? Or does he only kick friendly companies Asses and use diplomacy with non-allies?

Posted by: Herbert1 | June 14, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Why can't President Obama show a little guts when it comes to the Unions? He should lift the Jones Act to allow ships to help with the clean up of the Gulf that do not have Union crews. Many countries have offered help but cannot travel intercoastally because of that protection for our Unions. Sad.

Posted by: bobbo2 | June 14, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

If Americans had any damn common sense you would know that you cannot cap this well overnight nor can you clean up the oil within 48 hours. It's the 24/7 news cycle that is causing all of this consternation and impatience with the public. People don't seem to have any patience anymore - want an instant fix for everything. Get real!

Posted by: Leathnm | June 14, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Obama is the worst president in the history of this or any other nation. He has done nothing but spend, blame, spend, spend, blame, whine, golf, vacation, whine, spend, golf, basketball, golf, golf, golf, vacation, golf, spend, whine, vacation, blame and golf since he took office. He has golfed more in 17 months than Bush did in 8 years. He has also outspent Bush, and everyother president combined. But what can you expect from an inexperienced loser like Obama who has never had a real job in his worthless life?

Posted by: Truthmonger1 | June 14, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

President Obama obviously loves a round of golf to escape from his many pressures. But that doesn't make him a good golfer by any means. If he really knew how to play the game of golf, he would have invited the Consul General of the Netherlands to golf with him and conduct a little business -- like accepting the Netherland government's offer of sending ships outfitted with more efficient skimmers to America's Gulf Coast. Instead, Obama chose to go it alone and kick his ball out of the sand trap!

Posted by: mpwynn | June 14, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Fine, let Obama golf, but let's also get him to stop comparing the Gulf oil spill to 9/11. According to Obama today (in a comment that has been willfully ignored by much of the American media), this spill "echoes" 9/11, and much as 9/11 caused us to rethink our security policy, this spill will rewrite our energy policy.

Some problems with this present themselves, however. 9/11 was not an accident. It was carried out by people who intentionally wanted to destroy the U.S., or at least part of our country. Is BP now the new Al Qaeda? Is the entire oil industry now turned into environmental terrorists? Or, conversely, is Obama saying that much as this spill was an accident caused by oversight in regulation and greed for oil and profits, that 9/11 was basically the same?

Even more importantly, what about the thousands who died on 9/11? Are their deaths now weighed equally with the damaged incomes and lost wildlife in the Gulf?

Obama can play down his comment by arguing not to take the analogy to far, and that he didn't mean it in these ways, but this becomes a weak excuse for a comment that probably should not have been made.

Of course, from the lack of reporting in the Washington Post and elsewhere, it's almost like the comment was never made. Heck, even Media Matters issued a statement backing up Obama on the comments, and yet in the mainstream media...crickets chirping.

Posted by: blert | June 14, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Blatant love affair from the press once again. Why not write about a President "of the people and for the people" playing more golf in his 1.5 years of office than George Bush played in 8-years. Smells to me more like bourgeois than someone capable of empathizing with the unemployed, small business owners or fishermen in the Gulf.

Posted by: jhalverson10 | June 14, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

"Obama is the worst president in the history of this or any other nation."

Why stop there. The alien lizard people of Sirius V had a President who dithered away most of his term playing intergalactic billiards, and then he went out for a long lunch break and never came back (his official portrait says "missing - presumed fed"). Obama is even worse than that.

Worst President in the local Galaxy cluster and the first ten dimensions (the 11th dimension, well we won't get into that). And that's not hyperbole, never in the history of the universe have Obama's critics used hyperbole ;)

Posted by: leftcoaster | June 14, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

LOL-BARACKS

http://media.al.com/live/photo/theodore1jpg-d96ccb733c9919e6.jpg

FLIES - I CATCHZ THEM LEFT HANDED

Posted by: pressF1 | June 14, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Its not surprising, an Obama worshiper defends Obama's vacationing while the U.S. coasts from Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida are being coated with Goo of Oil, hapless fishermen went jobless, thousands of rigs shut down, the drowning birds becoming U.S. Presidential insignia eagle and Hurricanes are coming as the oil is still gushing at 2 million barrels a day filling the whole Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean...
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etc etc etc
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By god but you Yanks are crazy!?!

In what way can the American President be held responsible for BP fouling the gulf waters?

How stupid do you guys think you look to the rest of the world? (I'll give you a hint - currently in Australia slime mould has a better PR status than does the American Republican Party.)

Even the lack of controls guiding this disastrous venture are all down to the "drill baby drill" mob who occupied the white house prior to Obama’s residence. Fr'crissakes the well was started at about the same time as he was sworn in!

But from the outside looking in all that is visible is this crazy debate about President Obama being angry, or not being angry enough or, …..

How stupid do you right wingers look?

What would you have the president do?

Just nip back in time and stop the Republicans from selling the environment to the highest bidder? or

Nationalize the oil industry? or

Walk out across the gulf and plug the hole with his finger?

The Republican Party might not realize it yet but this will be the last nail in their coffin. Even the US public will look back on the events of the last 60 odd days and will be unable to stomach the raw hypocrisy.


Posted by: jamesmmoylan | June 14, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

How dare Obama?

Prior to the last election:

If a man was caught jaywalking we were told to REMEMBER 9/11

If the spending seemed a tad over the top we were told to REMEMBER 9/11

If we wondered why we suddenly had no rights left we were told to REMEMBER 9/11

If we lost our job we were told to REMEMBER 9/11

When we had our pay cut we were told to REMEMBER 9/11

When the bank foreclosed we were told to REMEMBER 9/11

When the Republican stubbed their toe we were told to REMEMBER 9/11

HOW DARE OBAMA BEFOUL THE MEMORY OF 9/11!

Posted by: jamesmmoylan | June 14, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

The presidency is a 24/7/365 job. The president lives at work. No matter where the president is, the job is with him. He can issue an executive order from the oval office or even the golf course. To complain if the president takes a few hours to do something he may find relaxing is petty. The job never goes away.

George W. Bush took more vacations than any president in history. This president is far behind Bush in vacation days thus far and would have to do a whole lot of vacationing to catch up.

In case no one noticed, every president that takes office may go in looking youthful, but will come out gray haired and much older. You can already see the age the office has added to President Obama. If he gets some enjoyment and stress relief from basketball and golf, you should be glad. I would think a stressed individual would have a greater chance of making a poor decision than a more relaxed one. Quit complaining.

Posted by: alaskan2 | June 14, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

There exists a timeline of Obama's actions and whereabouts "from day one" of this oil disaster. This record will take some time to accumulate and disseminate, but it will be known. Obama's every meeting, phone-call, social event, ball game, and vacation are on record. And this record will sink this president's vaunted presidency, as it should. This chapter in American history will be titled, "Asleep at the Wheel for almost two months."

Posted by: RossOdom | June 14, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

PLEASE let the man play golf. When he's on the golf course he is not screwing up the economy, bowing and scraping to foreign potentates, making like he's not in bed with BP and the oil lobbyists, or spinning more untruths about the healthcare plan that will save us all.

Just remember what the moron said...that the oil spill was the same as the 9/11 terrorist attacks that killed 3,000+ Americans.

Posted by: MoonDoggie | June 14, 2010 7:08 PM | Report abuse

If Obama wanted to have a job with lots of vacations, he should have become a community organizer.

Posted by: JudyBird | June 14, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

lots of good golf in Afghanistan? Several of the enlisted men I have spoken to said they did not get a chance to play. Maybe the generals....

Posted by: charlesalaska | June 14, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse


Barry the incompetent boob Obama has already sent as many American soldiers to their deaths in Afghanistan -- 475 -- as were lost during the first seven years of the war, 2001-2007. Barry the inept bungler has only been president for 16 months.

George W. Bush gave up golfing forever during the Iraq war, he did not want to ever create a situation for some mother to learn her son was killed while the president was golfing.


Posted by: screwjob16 | June 14, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

A couple of points. I agree with Stromberg that this is a cheap shot at Obama, but it's his own fault. Comparing this to 9/11 and stressing the urgency then hitting the back nine looks like he's just another politician talking through both sides of his mouth.

Some have brought up President Bush at his Crawford ranch. He did work there; he met with heads of state and the cabinet reported to him there. Bush wasn't escaping the job, he was escaping Washington.

Posted by: bbface21 | June 14, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

"Weeks spent clearing brush back at the ranch in Hyde Park might be pushing it"

I don't think so. The guy seems like he's never worked an honest day in his life. I'd like to see him clearing brush for 2 days.

He'd probably hire an illegal to do it for him.

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | June 14, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

The president is absolutely clueless to what is going on in the real world. But we got what we voted for. Jimmy Carter II.. Obama has to entertain himself since he has no real world experience outside the fact that he ran Acorn..and you know the dishonest creeps that worked for that organization. Simply shamless...

Posted by: surfer1104 | June 14, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Its still hard to believe the magnitude of this oil spill. Maybe a round of golf will allow Barack to relieve the stress of a country run by greedy corporations caring less about the environment.

Posted by: quickgripgolf | June 14, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Cornell1984
"From Day one, he has golfed."

DC Sage 1 wrote: You sir are a liar.

Posted by: DCSage | June 14, 2010 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Obama has been on vacation from this crisis from day one. I am outraged at his indifference and his lack of leadership. Maybe it is better he play golf since all he thinks he needs to do is blackmail this private company to set up this slush fund. Spacey as this administration seems to be, they still have not made any moves to clean this spill up. They want to milk this crisis for all its worth but from the anger I see expressed from my little sphere of reference, their goose is cooked. It really does not matter what he does anymore. He will be a one term President. Thank goodness.

Posted by: greatgran1 | June 14, 2010 11:25 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps someone should explain to Obama that 9/11 was an enemy attack on our nation and its citizens whereas the Gulf oil disaster was caused by human error. There is no correlation to be made between the two events. Please explain again why Obama is supposed to be so intelligent.

Posted by: judithod | June 14, 2010 11:26 PM | Report abuse

Golf is not a verb.

Posted by: simandl | June 14, 2010 11:38 PM | Report abuse

Typical Liberal Article supporting the Messiah.

Let's see. Did you see him golfing, playing basketball, partying weekly PRIOR to becoming POTUS.

Nothing in his biography up to and including being a State Senator that said he spent HIS MONEY of all the partying, golfing, traveling around for one hour Photo Ops and etc.

However, it is well documented that the were more than willing to attend events WHEN THEY DID NOT PAY A DIME.

Once he became POTUS... it is as if they became King and Queen.

Only the BEST for the First Black POTUS.

His lack of concern, his lack of leadership, his total disregard for American Citizens has never been more evident than during the last 66 days..

He had the opportunity to LED.. but instead he sat on the Porch and let the leaders take care of the spill.

No none can be faulted for the failure of the oil well EXCEPT for those who constructed the rig.

Obama AND ALL those on the Hill can be faulted for dithering, and placing blame instead of attacking the oil spill from day one.

The time to stop/reduce the oil flow onto our beaches into our marshes... was withing 72 hours after the explosion.

Obama has yet to mobilize his power to STOP the arrival of oil onto our coast lines..

That was his responsibility. He failed and continues to be guilty of High Crimes and Treason Against the Constitution and the Citizens of the United States.

Excuse me... I forgot the Constitution does not apply to Obama... because he is a Dual Citizen and not a Natural Born Citizen..

Posted by: miller515501 | June 14, 2010 11:42 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand the endless hatred expressed by commenters on just about any story about our President. It's like something crawling out of a sewer.

Tomorrow evening our President will talk to the nation about the situation in the gulf, and I hope everyone listens to it with an open mind. You may not agree with or approve of everything he says, but at least you'll know what he said, the whole context, rather than a snippet or two featured by some commentator, who then tells you his opinion. There are too many comments that display ignorance of the events and the President's handling of the crisis to date.

Posted by: PeggyB1 | June 15, 2010 12:37 AM | Report abuse

The amount of stupidity in some of the posts is breathtaking. Let's all inhale slowly and review the facts - The US gov't didn't cause this spill, BP did -focus the anger towards them. God knows they earned it. If President Obama had directed gov't resources to clean up the mess the same idiots that are decrying him now would be screaming that he is bailing out a corporate giant. Give it a rest fellas. Obama's problem is pure and simply that he has forgotten that perception is reality and that he is perceived as putting fundraising, listening to Paul warble through yet another silly love song and long weekends ahead of the salvage operation. You can be sure that a lot of lower people were working on this problem out of sight of cameras. Sadly, Obama performing as Nero took center stage.

Posted by: Avoicefromthewilderness | June 15, 2010 5:04 AM | Report abuse

http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A43789-2002Aug4?language=printer

Apparently, it wasn't quite as OK when Bush did it...

Posted by: morganfrost | June 15, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

NewsBusters: WaPo Asks 'Who Cares' if President Golfs During Crisis, Forgets They Did in 2002
http://newsbusters.org/blogs/lachlan-markay/2010/06/15/wapo-asks-who-cares-if-president-golfs-during-crisis-forgets-they-di

Posted by: StewartIII | June 15, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Who cares? Well apparently now that the President is a Democrat, he is only human and can only do so much. The left in this country and the media have themselves to blame for the unreasonable expectations and disdain for this president. After all it was the constant criticism of Bush that anything and everything was his fault. Add in the wonder of Obama's specialness and it is hardly a surprise that people expected so much. Some of us, however are not surprised or disappointed by his failure to perform even competently, much less miracles.

Posted by: Michelle111 | June 15, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Good Grief the Washington Post is displaying a huge amount of hypocrisy here. In 2002 - we got editorial after article about Bush playing too much golf when he should have been working on addressing a spate of suicide bombings in Israel.

Obama has played more golf in 2 years than Bush in 8 and we have a huge disaster threatening industries and livelihoods of Americans in the Gulf of Mexico.

And the Post says "who cares". Please never again try to argue that the Washington Post is not biased to the left.

Posted by: AllDayinVirginia | June 15, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Hoft, we know the Washington Post doesn't care if Obama Golfs. We also know that the Washington Post took gread exception to President Bush playing Golf. Does this derogatory article by the Post ring a bell.

"Bush's Golf Cart Dipolmacy"

Michael Moore used Bush's golfing which was far less that Obama's in a Movie to mock Bush.

The leftists hacks at the Post are to the point of being cartoon characters in their excuse making and covering up for a failed President.

You people are a joke.

Posted by: robtr | June 15, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

What an idiot this writer is. The gulf is being destroyed and obama plays and plays. A real leader would be on the front lines continually working on this. obama has proven himself to be completely inept. And so has this writer. Find something else besides opinion, because yours is worthless.

Posted by: wagner3 | June 15, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

I think 0bamba should play "gulf" everyday. It would keep him from flying his private 747 all over the country to fund raisers, rigged town hall shows and photo ops. At least Andrews is close to the people's house, I mean 0bamba's house, sorry. With the first ladies garden providing food for him and the family and Andrews Air Force Base so close we can only hope that he stops his takeover of our representative Republic. "We the people" will start the very difficult task of taking back America on November 2, 2010, bet on it. Instead of his daily state run media/teleprompter speeches I can handle hearing "FORE". Much less damage to the United States of America. The grounds keepers might get upset at Andrews but they have nothing to complain about, they are government workers, make a lot more than private sector workers so it's works out better for everyone. WELL, except maybe for tax payers....

Posted by: kennethy692008 | June 15, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Stay on the golf course, Mr. President. You're not doing us much good anyway. Enjoy.

Posted by: NoWayNotNow | June 15, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Even if Obama had spent half of his speech discussing his golf game, my guess is that the Washington Post would still be defending his actions.

Posted by: BGuardian | June 16, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Okay, so Stromberg has given Obama the go-ahead for a little R & R out of his busy schedule (he squeezed in the latest round between the Washington Nationals game and tomorrow's picnic luncheon). Fine, I'll give you that Stromberg.

But you just threw away your "What an outrage, BP's Hayward is yatching" card. Sorry, can't have it both ways.

Posted by: MaxMBJ | June 19, 2010 10:47 PM | Report abuse

There's only one thing worse than a slacker, and it's an arrogant slacker.

Posted by: mcsquared65 | June 21, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

This President apparently has Golf and Gulf mixed up.

Posted by: walkingman717 | June 21, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

What kind of Demo propaganda K A are U? Emanuel goes on ABC to start a whole wave of left wing K A stories about how horrible the BP CEO is for relaxing during the crisis and B O is at a MLB game and golfing the same week-end.HE HAS HIS LIFE BACK TOOOOOO!!!!!

Posted by: left_aint_ever_right | June 21, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

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