Rahmbo criticizes BP’s Hayward for yachting while Obama golfs
White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel laid into BP’s CEO Tony Hayward for going yachting with his son instead of paying attention every minute of the day to the oil spill.
Meanwhile, our president took in a 5 hour round of golf with his vice president. Last Saturday, it was a 4 hour tour of the links.
President Barack Obama hit the golf course Saturday with Vice President Joe Biden.The White House pool report noted that Obama left at about 1 p.m. for the course at Andrews Air Force base, and his golfing parters included White House Trip Director Marvin Nicholson and David Katz, the energy efficiency campaign manager at the Department of Energy.
Obama left the course shortly before 6 p.m.
Nicholson and Katz, along with Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, joined Obama for four hours of golf last weekend. The Republican National Committee released an ad soon afterward taking aim at Obama’s golfing during the ongoing BP oil spill crisis in the Gulf of Mexico.
The temperatures in the Washington, D.C., area Saturday were similar to last weekend, in the low 90s and humid.
Obama attended the Washington Nationals game Friday night wearing a cap for his hometown Chicago White Sox. Sources told the pool reporter that Obama sang “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” and left in the ninth inning, before the White Sox edged out the Nationals 2-1 in the 11th.
Someone should call this bully’s bluff. If he spent half as much time concentrating on containing the damage caused by the spill rather than figuring out ways to make people try and forget that no on is in charge out in the Gulf and that his administration’s towering incompetence is turning a disaster into a catastrophe, the people of the Gulf coast would be better served.
Instead, we have this incredible spectacle of the chief of staff coming down on a guy who hasn’t seen his son in almost two months and wants to spend a few hours with him while the man responsible for containing the spill relaxes on the golf course as a couple of million gallons of oil are washing up on America’s shores. If things were going well out there, it might be excused. But it’s obvious to anyone that the containment effort is such a clusterfark that the president should be working overtime trying to fix what most observers are calling a “chaotic” situation.
If we’re not supposed to begrudge Obama his playtime, why should we do so for Hayward?