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Rahm Emanuel criticizes Hayward for attending yacht races in England...

... while ignoring the fact that his boss spent yet another 5 hours on the golf course.

This is so rich:

President Barack Obama's chief of staff says BP chief executive Tony Hayward has committed yet another in a ''long line of PR gaffes'' but attending a yacht race in England while the Gulf oil spill disaster continues.

Hayward faced a fresh avalanche of criticism as news circulated Saturday that he was at a yacht competition around the Isle of Wight.

White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel is mocking Hayward's infamous statement that he wishes the crisis were over so could have his life back.

Referring to the yachting, Emanuel tells ABC's ''This Week,'' ''He's got his life back, as he would say.''

Emanuel says the focus should stay on capping the leaking well and helping the people of the Gulf region.

Meanwhile, back in DC:

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.

I believe this is the 7th time since the explosion that Obama has hit the links... nearly 10 hours of golf just in the last week.

Maybe Rahm Emanuel should turn his gaze and criticism toward the White House. 

Freakin' idiot.

Crossposted at Brutally Honest.


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My understanding is that Ha... (Below threshold)

My understanding is that Hayward has been relieved of direct oversight of dealing with the oil leak disaster in the Gulf. I don't think Obama has been relieved of his obligations as President to deal with threats to the United States - military, environmental, whatever. However, I would not argue one bit if Obama did indeed step aside and relieve himself voluntarily of the duties of President. Unfortunately, the line of succession doesn't promise anything significantly better.

Every hour O'Bummer spends ... (Below threshold)

Every hour O'Bummer spends playing golf is one less hour he can dedicate to destroying the US.

The difference being that e... (Below threshold)
jim m:

The difference being that every moment obama spends on the golf course is one where he can't screw up this nation or the economy any further.

Lee Ward,... (Below threshold)

Lee Ward,

A day after he was grilled by Congress, BP chief executive Tony Hayward is being demoted. According to Britain's Sky News, BP Managing Director Bob Dudley will take over day-to-day oversight of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill while BP's chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg (he of the "small people" comment) will assume major PR duties.

We will fight this spill with everything we've got for as long as it takes. -BHO

Looks like Hayward can now relax and BHO should be working around the clock to contain and clean the oil.

The cleanup effort... (Below threshold)
The cleanup effort is BP's responsibility, not Obama's. By law. I think it's amazing how many times right wing blogs try to obfuscate that simple fact.

CBS News, May 27th

President Barack Obama moved aggressively to show his government is in charge of the Gulf oil spill on Thursday

So, I guess Obama and the "right-wing" blogs are both "obfuscating" the facts?

The only hole President Put... (Below threshold)

The only hole President Putter is interested in plugging is that tricky 7th hole and breaking par.

As ever, the dems are in ch... (Below threshold)
jim m:

As ever, the dems are in charge until they determine that they no longer want to be and need to blame someone else.

Obama is in charge of placing the blame on someone other than himself. That is the extent of his interest and expertise.

Maybe barry could have spen... (Below threshold)
jim m:

Maybe barry could have spent a couple of hours approving offers of aid from the 23 countries he still hasn't had time to get back to. Or maybe he could have certified the oil sucking barges that his administration grounded. Or maybe he could suspend the Jones act to help enable a clean up.

All of those could have been accomplished in less time than it took for him to put his golf spikes on. Too bad his priorities are elsewhere. It seems like his administration spent more time following what Heyward was doing in his spare time than what they could do to fix the problem.

Lee, are you going to show some intellectual honesty or are you going to prove yourself even more ideologically blinkered than people like Matthews and Olbermann?

Rahm, like Lee, subscribes ... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

Rahm, like Lee, subscribes to the theory of the Big Lie. Part of that is never, ever admitting you were wrong about anything or allowing yourself to be held to the same standard as your enemies.

Expecting honesty from people like them is like expecting magic unicorns to crap marshmallows on your desk every morning: no matter how long you wait, you still get no marshmallows.

lee weird - The clean... (Below threshold)

lee weird - The cleanup effort is BP's responsibility, not Obama's. By law. I think it's amazing how many times right wing blogs try to obfuscate that simple fact.

Who was it that said something about being in charge "since day one?"

obummer has repeatedly insisted he had been personally involved in heading efforts to contain the spill, "from day one."

Us "trailor trash" just fail to understand "day one" sets aside so many golfing days.

And concert days.

Not to mention 2 vactions.

So, LOee, are you going to ... (Below threshold)

So, LOee, are you going to say that all those stories about Bush's Golf games were silly. . .or are only DEMOCRATS allowed their distractions, and even more than that, allowed to lambaste others about them while participating in them themselves?

Lee Ward once again sides w... (Below threshold)

Lee Ward once again sides with the dishonest obfuscation masters. I'm less than impressed. Mostly amused and wish he would stop by the house so I could slap him up side the head.

Ever met a liberal that was... (Below threshold)

Ever met a liberal that wasnt a hypocrite? Anyone?

Maybe the president should ... (Below threshold)

Maybe the president should have been working with the NEW head of spill operations instead of attacking the old head.

These guys do not stop. They had their boot on Haywards neck, they get him thrown out and they are still going after him.

We most hold Hayward accountable because he is the head of BP but we cannot expect BHO to be responsible for anything.

Poor Lee. Tries to prop up ... (Below threshold)

Poor Lee. Tries to prop up his Obamassiah and still ends up looking the fool.

Thursday Obama meets with B... (Below threshold)
Dan M:

Thursday Obama meets with BP for 20 minutes. Also on Thursday President Obama spends more than an hour at lunch with Gail Collins of the New York Times, Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post, Rachel Maddow of MSNBC and Gerald Seib, the Washington bureau chief of The Wall Street Journal.

On Friday night President Obama attended the Washington Nationals game with his daughters to watch pitching sensation Stephen Strausburg and the Chicago White Sox.

Saturday, of course it's another round of golf.

Once again Barry gets a pass by the media when they let Emanuel take his cheap shot unchallenged.

The thing we miss is that w... (Below threshold)
Don L:

The thing we miss is that when Obama is out playing golf his agenda is working full time - the slush fund stimulus money is making its rounds - the names of the dead for election are being gathered, the poor victims of capitalism are being lined up and coached, the battle plans are being drawn up with the media and the UN and whoever else is part of the game, the regulators are preparing their takeover scenarios and regulations, the lawyers and judges are being informed as to who is to support what and how. Think not?

Then you "mis-underestimate" the enemy.

Am I a Conspiracy nut? Only if there is no such thing as evil -only if there is no such thing as a conspiracy - only if you thought 12/07/41 was a nice day for church and a swim in Hawaii and 9/11 was a good day for sightseeing on the twin towers.

I recall that most of you a... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

I recall that most of you admired Bush because he never worked overime
took so much holiday time, spending considerable time at his ranch clearing brush or that Reagan loved his naps and demanded short concise memos on all subjects. No surprise, that there seems to be double standard working here.

I recall that most of yo... (Below threshold)

I recall that most of you admired Bush because he never worked overime
took so much holiday time, spending considerable time at his ranch clearing brush or that Reagan loved his naps and demanded short concise memos on all subjects. No surprise, that there seems to be double standard working here.

Admiring it? I don't recall that at all. What I recall was a lot of liberals decrying it, and a lot of us shrugging and noting that the president is always on duty, even on "vacation," and there was very little he couldn't do in Crawford that he couldn't do in DC. No admiration.

As far as Reagan and his memos... that was a good thing. If you can't boil something down to a single page, then you need to try harder.

But with Obama... he's declared so many issues as critical that he "will not rest" until they're resolved.

Then he goes off golfing, attending sporting events, holding parties, attending fundraisers, meeting celebrities, and whatnot.

Steve, if you remember Jimmy Carter, you might recall that he said a similar thing about the Iranian Hostage Crisis. But unlike Obama, he actually lived up to it -- he pretty much became a "hostage" inside the White House. Which was a dumb move.

Obama, though, seems to think that all he has to do is say some magic words, and everything will be OK. At least, that's how he's acting.

Again, nobody demanded that he "not rest" until the leak is plugged, the economy turns around, health care is addressed, and we all are riding unicorns that poop clean energy. But he keeps saying it, so it's perfectly fair to point out that he's lying again. Needlellly. Pointlessly.

And so, so stupidly.


PrezBO: "I take full respo... (Below threshold)

PrezBO: "I take full responsibility for the GOLF...It is my intention to do all in my power to correct the GOLF problem (I have...too much slice!)!"

Even if we accept Lee's arg... (Below threshold)
Rich Fader:

Even if we accept Lee's argument that the administration has not even the least obligation to help BP et al plug the hole and clean the Gulf, even out of crass self-interest, let alone legal or moral duty...I remember the aftermath of Katrina. I remember the Bush administration getting pretty heavily savaged about their response. What I don't remember is either Dubya or his senior staff having a fun and varied social life during those months. And I'm certain the press would have let us know what selfish bastards they were if they'd even tried.

Yes, Lee claims that the ad... (Below threshold)
jim m:

Yes, Lee claims that the administration has no obligation to do anything about the oil spill. I suppose in his fantasy world only GOP administrations are responsible for thing that happen on their watch.

Once more we see the double standard. Dems are not held to account for their wrongdoing. Dems are not expected to do anything to help people in time of disaster. Dems start wars (Kennedy/Johnson & VietNam) the GOP ends wars (Nixon) and the war is the GOP's fault.

They are perpetual children always demanding control and then hiding and crying when asked to show some responsibility.

Even now when obama is publicly claiming authority and responsibility his defenders are right after him declaring that he has no responsibility that his administrations refusal of aid is the fault of BP. That his administrations refusal to waive laws barring shipping traffic to facilitate a clean up is BP's fault. That his administration tying up clean up efforts with red tape is BP's fault.

Is there ever any situation that he is responsible for? Even when he admits so himself is he to be released from his responsibility as President?

The answer obviously is no. He claims responsibility and goes off for golf and a ball game. Meanwhile the former head of BP, after being demoted, goes to a yacht race and he is excoriated by obama's sycophants. Apparently even once someone is already under the bus obama's lackeys still see fit to blame them rather than admit their messiah's failures.

"The cleanup effort is BP's... (Below threshold)

"The cleanup effort is BP's responsibility, not Obama's. By law. I think it's amazing how many times right wing blogs try to obfuscate that simple fact."

Don't even go there Lee. I would suggest that up to this point Obama has clearly dipped his hand legislatively into areas of public policy that are not his responsibility - by law. Sorry, but nice try. Why the sudden disinterest in the biggest disaster of his administration to this point? I have no problem with your suggestion that BP is responsible for the clean up - which I guess you mean is over and above capping the leak itself. So what if BP wanted to go all out and minimize the damage the current leak is doing? If it's BP's responsibility will Obama go on record as allowing BP to hire foreign help to try to capture as much leaking oil as possible or is the Jones Act too sacred to suspend temporarily toward that end? In my opinion, BP should be focusing its efforts on stopping the leak. In turn, the United States has the capacity in short order to call in experts and materiel domestically and from around the globe to preserve ITS OWN TERRITORY and international areas from the damage of the oil. I would suggest we owe both our citizenry and really the whole world that effort. I am very sure we would have no trouble finding help in this regard. What is standing in the way? Even a pea brain like yourself could answer this question correctly.

Lee, the only thing that should amaze you is the inscrutable reversal of faith you had in this clown. I think your schizoid opinions of this bum should disqualify you from commenting here until the Obama presidency has come to its merciful conclusion. But that is not my call. Our greatest leaders have been determined largely by their responses to unexpected events. Feel free to make excuses for him but in my lifetime he is the poorest excuse for a leader that has occupied 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

Steve,No need to l... (Below threshold)


No need to look further thanEmanuel. He attacks a person for not working 24/7 (though that person been relived ) while his boss who made statement that he was working hard spend more time on golf than in meetings about the issue. We do not need to look at any pass administration. We just need to hold them to the same standardize they hold others.

Wow! Steve Crickmore is sti... (Below threshold)

Wow! Steve Crickmore is still gaga over Obama. Incredible. Also taking a shot and Bush and Reagan. Just admit it Steve; you hooked your horse to to wrong wagon. Obama is an inexperienced loser. An empty suit. I have been saying that since 2007. Not because he had a D after his name. He just had no experience for the job. Now our once great country is paying the price. ww

Heh. Actual Drudge headline... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

Heh. Actual Drudge headline:

"BP CEO goes sailing
Obama goes golfing"

...and yet the one who got relieved of his job gets excoriated, while the one who is supposedly 'in charge' gets a pass.

No surprise, that there ... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:

No surprise, that there seems to be double standard working here.

Boy, is there ever. On your part.

No one begrudges Presidents time off (unless it's Reds, and the President is an American, of course).

But taking time off when the shit has hit the fan - and the oil spill definitely qualifies - is unconscionable. Admit it.

Obama is the first part-time President we've ever had. And, God willing, the last.

Lee WardThe waters... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Lee Ward

The waters where the oil spill is is federal jurisdiction. Disasters also fall under agencies like FEMA.
Hey, do you think that it could be Obama is just imcompetent and not ready to lead.

Now umm where would I get that idea.

Oh Wait I know.

From Lee ward on wizbang blue. (Lee's comments are in bold)"

"Bizarre... I think he says the words without thinking the thoughts. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt and suggest that he's just on autopilot - burnt out. Exhausted.
• But guess what. The job of President is a 24/7/365 job -- and four years is a long time"

Maybe he isnt getting enough golf time in. that could be the problem. Too much burnout.

"'Campaign rhetoric' - also known as 'political bullshit' designed to mislead
voters. But what I find amazing is that Obama obviously lacks both
diplomatic skills, as well as the ability to gather facts before shooting
off his mouth... and he wants us to believe that he's "White House Ready?"


So why are you supporting Obama Lee? Maybe you are a self fulfilling prophecy.

I'm beginning to think
anything more challenging that a five-word bumper sticker is just way too
much for Obama supporters to handle. Just like their candidate, that can't
get specific, but can only talk about "hope" - it's hilarious.

Let's see

"IT is BP's responsibility"

yep under 5 words so that qualifies.

Well maybe Obama is doing all he can just like he said that he was

":There is a definite pattern of lies and distortion, and what is amazing is that Barack stare into the camera in the clip above and flat-out lies some more -- even after he's been caught"

Or umm maybe not.

But we know that Obama is ready to be President since he ran his campaign and did decent on the debates right?

"Hillarious stuff. If he can't handle tough questions at a debate, he can't handle being president. What a whining liberal!"

Well I guess that is a matter of opinion.

Maybe I am being unfair to Lee since he does after all support Obama.

"I'm nervous because too many Obama-philes sound like Moonies, or Hare Krishnas, or the Hale-Bopp-Is-Coming-To-Get-Me nuts."

These true believers "Obama-ize" everything. They speak Obama-ese. Knit for Obama. Run for Obama. Gamble - Hold 'Em Barack! - for Obama. They make Obama cakes, underwear, jewelry. They send Valentine cards reading, "I want to Barack your world!"
At campaign rallies people scream, cry, even faint as Obama calmly calls for the EMTs. When supporters pant en masse, "I love you!" (like The Beatles, circa 1964), Barack says, "I love you back" with that deliciously charming, almost cocky smile

What this story points out is that some (a few? many?) Obamatrons are fanatical in their support of Obama, and this whole extreme aspect to the Obama "movement" is a far cry from a rational nominating process.

But I guess others were much harsher on Obama supporters than I am being.

But surely Lee Ward is in the mainstream

"It resembles a cult in many ways, and there is no question that Obama has attracted the fringe element"

Or maybe not.

Limousine liberals like Rah... (Below threshold)

Limousine liberals like Rahm, Barry and Lee Wierd cant see the hypocrites they are for the trees.

Most of you raise good poin... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

Most of you raise good points, but the criticism directed at Obama could be directed at all politicians in almost all crisis. Obama should actually spend at least three consecutive days at the Gulf and get a greater hands on feel, for what is really going on, instead of relying on experts who normally only give advice that is expected of them.

But by not taking or showing drastic personal action with the spill, he is subconsciously showing to his conservative critics, he is no Hugo Chavez. Of course, if you want a cool unflappable man under pressure (the three am phone call) this is response one would expect-not to miss his weekend tee off time.

LeeYou didnt have ... (Below threshold)
retired military:


You didnt have a problem with Obama taking over the Banks, GM, Chrysler, AIG, Fannie and Freddie, yet you seem to have a problem with him being in charge of this situation.

I mean could it be that you think he is incompetent to handle the job?

"Bizarre... I think he says the words without thinking the thoughts. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt and suggest that he's just on autopilot - burnt out. Exhausted.
• But guess what. The job of President is a 24/7/365 job -- and four years is a long time.
" - Lee Ward Wizbang blue author.

Maybe you think he should give another speech to show those guys at BP that he means business.

"Time for another speech, Barack. Or keep grinding this organ if you want -- but get a monkey on a chain carrying tin cup so you at least achieve something productive. This is pathetic. It's dripping with desperation. It's conduct unbecoming an adult."
- Lee Ward Wizbang blue author.

"On second thought -- no more speeches, Barack. Every time you actually come out and address an issue you dig the hole you're in that much deeper."

- Lee Ward Wizbang blue author.

Dont you think that Obama's number 1 objective is to stop the oil spill?

"Obama's number one priority is to get elected"
- Lee Ward Wizbang blue author.

So who exactly is defending Obama there Lee?

"This post went up at 1:21 AM ET.
13 minutes later the first Obamatron shows up, followed 16 minutes later

" - Lee Ward Wizbang blue author.

Dont you think we should work together to solve these problems Lee?

"More examples of the politics of change, and the huge divide Barack Obama is creating in our country in his obsession with becoming President at all costs." - Lee Ward Wizbang blue author.

But arent we all Americans Lee?

"His (Obama's) hatred of America and Americans who don't agree with him runs deep " - Lee Ward Wizbang blue author.

What do you think history will say about Obama's handling of this crisis Lee?

"Obama didn't care - he wants to be King."
- Lee Ward Wizbang blue author.

Dont you think Obama should be straight with the American people Lee?

"Mighty Mouth, the Man of Steal, continues to try to steal the Democratic nomination, and his lies are becoming more bold every day."- Lee Ward Wizbang blue author.

Even the Gods on Olympus to... (Below threshold)
Sir Toby Belch:

Even the Gods on Olympus took respite on
occasion. Our Deity deserves 9 or
18 anytime he likes. It helps him focus
like a laser on our woes......and decide
whose "ass to kick". We are in good hands,
people. Good hands.






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