The day after he was grilled by Congress for the Gulf oil disaster, BP chief executive Tony Hayward went to a luxury yacht race off the Isle of Wight. But Hayward was not alone in his callousness. Obama himself went golfing — for FOUR hours.
Like the good demagogues that they are, the Obama administration immediately exploited Hayward’s yachting. White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel called Hayard’s decision to go to the yacht race “part of a long line of PR gaffes and mistakes.” White House spokesman Bill Burton mocked Hayward, saying that he should use the 300,000 euro yacht he co-owns to help in the cleanup operations in the Gulf of Mexico.
As reported by the AP, Burton said, “You know, look, if Tony Hayward wants to put a skimmer on that yacht and bring it down to the Gulf, we’d be happy to have his help.” The obliging press gathered in the White House briefing room laughed uproariously.
But then some enterprising reporter asked Burton about Obama spending Saturday at a four-hour golf game at a course near Washington. Burton defended Obama, saying he had the right to decompress a bit after a hard week, “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. I think that a little time to himself on Father’s Day weekend probably does us all good as American citizens.”
If Obama and Burton really want to do “us all good as American citizens,” the best thing they can do is to RESIGN!
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