As soon as Louisiana voiced its disgust over BP executive Tony Hayward’s decision to spend Saturday watching his yacht compete off the English coast, the Republican National Committee decided to see if the metaphor could be extended.
Michael Steel, chairman of the RNC, on Sunday pointed out that President Barack Obama had been pacing the links the same day:
“As oil continues to spill in the Gulf and unemployment hovers at ten percent, the President can no longer take his eye off the “Oil”.
“While it is fitting and appropriate to look at the yachting activities of the BP CEO, with incredulity, it is equally incredible that President Obama finds himself on yet another golf course as oil continues to spew into the Gulf. Until this problem is fixed, no more golf outings, no more baseball games, no more Beatle concerts, Mr. President. The stakes are too high for President Obama’s lackadaisical approach to both his responsibilities and the challenges we face.”
Obama just gave his reply. Posted on CNN’s Political Ticker:
The White House is beating back Republican charges that President Barack Obama is taking too many breaks during the ongoing oil disaster off the Gulf coast.
“I don’t think that there is a person in this country that doesn’t think that their president ought to have a little time to clear his mind,” White House spokesman Bill Burton told reporters Monday.
It was Fathers Day weekend, after all, Burton said.
The RNC had already made a first attack on Obama’s lack of attention to the Gulf spill. Here’s the video that went with it:
But nobody has yet answered the all-important question of why Hayward has named his yacht “Bob.” Because his oil rigs don’t?