La Stampa, Italy
A Black Tide, and Obama Plays Golf
By Agnese Vigna
Translated By Roberta Mura
22 June 2010
Edited by Sam Carter
Italy - La Stampa - Original Article (Italian)
Obama is playing golf while the Gulf is drowning in oil? How outrageous! At least this is the opinion of Michael Steele, the Republican National Committee chairman who compared Obama’s 39th round of golf of his presidency, and the 7th since the oil spill began, to the unfortunate and inopportune yacht race of Tony Hayward, BP’s CEO, who apparently has neither said nor done anything right since the oil started spilling out in the Gulf of Mexico.
“It is equally incredible that President Obama finds himself on yet another golf course as oil continues to spew into the Gulf," Steele said in a statement commenting on Obama’s last golf game. The Republican also criticized the concert of ex-Beatle Sir Paul McCartney, held two weeks ago at the White House, and Obama’s trip to the Washington Nationals baseball game last Friday. “Until this problem is fixed, no more golf outings, no more baseball games, no more Beatle concerts, Mr. President,” said Steele.
Bill Burton, the deputy press secretary, defends the Obama’s right to leisure activities, underlying the fact that they happen only after the president has honored his commitments. “I don't think that there's a person in this country that doesn't think that their President ought to have a little time to clear his mind,” said Burton. He added that, in the last week, Obama got BP to agree to put aside $20 billion to pay claims, strengthened lobbying and ethics rules in the White House, and went to Ohio to talk about the economy and the stimulus package
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