Video: How Obama showed his “singular” focus on the Gulf spill

posted at 11:36 am on June 4, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

For those who read yesterday’s Obamateurism of the Day and followed the links, this won’t be new material, but the new presentation is powerful enough to revisit it. Kevin Kristy did the legwork at PolitiPage, at least up to the holiday weekend. While Obama claimed a “singular” focus on the Deepwater Horizon blowout and oil spill in the Gulf since Day 1, the Singular Sensation spent a lot of time at parties, golf courses, and political fundraisers:

Just to remind people of the unofficial count:

  • Two days of media events (White House Correspondents Dinner and a tête a tête with Bono)
  • Three days of fundraising
  • Four commemorations (graduations, Cinco de Mayo, etc)
  • Six days of vacation
  • Six days of campaigning
  • Six sports events
  • Seven days of golf

In comparison, how many days did Obama spend at the Gulf?  Three, during this span of time, and he’s back again today.


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Hey Kevin. Great work! Can you tell us…how much time has he spent at his desk working, compared to all of his travel, parties, and gala’s? I’m guessing a fraction of time is spent, actually working!?

capejasmine on June 4, 2010 at 12:01 PM

But that is actually a good thing… less time to destroy the country!

kevinkristy on June 4, 2010 at 12:39 PM

Awww don’t be to rough on the dimwit. After all…he didn’t REALLY run for President, to BE the president. He just wanted to look cool in the pictures, fly in the lap of luxury, hob knob with celebs, and partay!

capejasmine on June 4, 2010 at 11:43 AM

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Exactly!
Obama’s like the high school kid who goes out for football, not to actually play, but to wear the jersey on Fridays.

mrt721 on June 4, 2010 at 12:41 PM

He needs to take credit for top hat.

chemman on June 4, 2010 at 11:53 AM

He has certainly been using his time “Puttin’ on the Ritz.”

The Sun King and his wife Evita surely are destroying this country one economic sector at a time.

onlineanalyst on June 4, 2010 at 12:42 PM

President Obama.

Obama got the P knocked out of him as his inability to cope with the real world was exposed.

Just like Clinton before him, he’s just “faking it” and taking up space until such time we replace him with someone who’s able to actually solve problems.

Meanwhile, US will have no credibility and no economy.

landlines on June 4, 2010 at 12:43 PM

MAYBE OBAMA’S CONFUSING GULF WITH GOLF?

It would explain a lot!

Mutnodjmet on June 4, 2010 at 12:43 PM

Just like Clinton before him, he’s just “faking it” and taking up space until such time we replace him with someone who’s able to actually solve problems.

Meanwhile, US will have no credibility and no economy.

landlines on June 4, 2010 at 12:43 PM

I disagree. Although I disliked Clinton, that guy was a politician. He got stuff done, maneuvered, adapted, and could stand on his own two feet. Obama is as you described him.

ted c on June 4, 2010 at 12:48 PM

Barry spent lots of time at the Gulf Course, so it’s all well and good.

NoDonkey on June 4, 2010 at 12:50 PM

ObaMao: The “Plug” and Play President

onlineanalyst on June 4, 2010 at 12:51 PM

as we approach the Holidays we can do a 12 days of Oil Spill caroling medley..on the 40th day of the oil spill Obama gave to meeee a concert with Paul McCartneeeyyyyyy

ginaswo on June 4, 2010 at 12:53 PM

If this is singular focus, I would hate to see him screwing off.

jukin on June 4, 2010 at 12:54 PM

landlines

uhm no Big Dawg knew damned well how to read a monthly jobs report, Obama read this data and gave the markets a big thumbs up Wednesday, seems he was looking at the top line or rate only and is as clueless about markets as I expected

you can say a lot about Big Dawg but the man embraced free market capitalism, Obama-NOT.

ginaswo on June 4, 2010 at 12:55 PM

But that is actually a good thing… less time to destroy the country!

kevinkristy on June 4, 2010 at 12:39 PM

True. Very true! And if the saying “idle hands are the devils workshop”, then Obama’s hands just reek from it.

capejasmine on June 4, 2010 at 12:55 PM

C’mon…we all know he’s taking a hands-on approach in solving the Nicole Simpson murder by searching for evidence at golf courses OJ hasnt’ gotten to yet.

BobMbx on June 4, 2010 at 12:57 PM

This is the good leak,

The Blagojevech trial in chicago just started. All kinds of sludge and dirt is leaking. Obama is involved. Rahm and Jarrett testify. Obama would rather have this covered and the real threat capped.

seven on June 4, 2010 at 1:15 PM

This video is going up on my Facebook page right now.

Mallard T. Drake on June 4, 2010 at 1:16 PM

Here he goes again. Now he’s got the MLS Champs Salt Lake Real at the White House today.

http://www.ksl.com/?sid=11038444&nid=143

Is this guy the American commissioner on applauding winning sports teams or the President and CiC? I swear it’s like having the country run by my brother-in-law who is excited for Thanksgiving dinner to be over so he can watch some more damn football.

thomashton on June 4, 2010 at 1:24 PM

One needs to ask his majesty why he hates Southern states?

Also, it’s not lost to those of us who live in the south that the states being impacted by the oil spill have Republican governors.

moonsbreath on June 4, 2010 at 1:24 PM

His “days” in the Gulf were pretty short, too.

hawksruleva on June 4, 2010 at 1:26 PM

Kevin, excellent video. It amazes me at the propaganda photos the WH puts out. Day 17 with the President’s arse planted on top of the desk is appalling.

War Planner, great timelines you posted. Interesting that Oilbowma doesn’t start his days til 9 or 9:30am. Reminds me of the Old Mother Goose nursery rhyme:

A diller, a dollar,
A ten o’clock scholar,
What makes you come so soon?
You used to come at ten o’clock,
But now you come at noon.

GrannySunni on June 4, 2010 at 1:39 PM

His “days” in the Gulf were pretty short, too.

Roger that!
I want to see an hourly breakdown of how long the Present-dent spent on visiting the gulf as opposed to visiting the golf, hobnobbing with sports teams, and pimpin’ with Paul McIdiot. That would put his “laser like” focus on the oil spill in an even worse light, I wager…

Battlecruiser-operational on June 4, 2010 at 1:49 PM

“…’Gulf Crisis’? Sorry, I thought you said golf crisis!”–Arnold Hussein Palmer

Noel on June 4, 2010 at 2:01 PM

Just looking at this schedule… I don’t see Obama, you know, presidenting very much.

Maybe people just wanted someone photogenic who was really good at making speeches when they voted for him?

Jewels on June 4, 2010 at 2:12 PM

What a jackass.

John Deaux on June 4, 2010 at 2:14 PM

I wonder if “The Won” has used any of the “tips” he got from Tiger Woods … I don’t mean the ones about golf.

J_Crater on June 4, 2010 at 2:57 PM

So 16 months in and the whole country is experiencing Obama fatigue….I had expected it to start much sooner.

Dr Evil on June 4, 2010 at 3:18 PM

But that is actually a good thing… less time to destroy the country!

kevinkristy on June 4, 2010 at 12:39 PM

Good point. Our socialist president believes that the little guy does the work while he lives it up.

“It’s good to be the king.”

shick on June 4, 2010 at 3:18 PM

. . . and an oil-soaked pelican in a palm tree.

Pablo Snooze on June 4, 2010 at 3:33 PM

..on the 40th day of the oil spill Obama gave to meeee a concert with Paul McCartneeeyyyyyy

ginaswo on June 4, 2010 at 12:53 PM

. . . and an oil-soaked pelican in a palm tree.

Pablo Snooze on June 4, 2010 at 3:33 PM

I coffee-snorted! Ow, ow, ow!
Thanks for the laughs. :-)

Mary in LA on June 4, 2010 at 3:50 PM

Awww don’t be to rough on the dimwit. After all…he didn’t REALLY run for President, to BE the president. He just wanted to look cool in the pictures, fly in the lap of luxury, hob knob with celebs, and partay!

capejasmine on June 4, 2010 at 11:43 AM

I really wish I could rate a comment, that one would be a 5 STAR.

FireBlogger on June 4, 2010 at 4:19 PM

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