White House says Obama’s golf outings ‘do us all good’

Here is the full exchange between Jonathan Weisman of The Wall Street Journal and Burton.

WEISMAN: Some Republicans are equating the President’s weekend golf games with Tony Hayward’s yacht. I wonder first, is that fair? And if it’s not fair, is it really fair to take off after Tony Hayward’s yachting?

BURTON: Well, for starters, I welcomed his yacht to the Gulf. So I don’t know if that’s taking off on it. But secondly, 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. And so after a week where the President was taking on the oil spill, got an historic agreement with BP to put aside $20 billion to pay claims; after a day on Friday when he strengthened lobbying ethics rules in the White House; after going to Ohio to talk about the economy and see the progress that’s being made in some of those stimulus projects that are happening around the country — all the different issues that the President is dealing with, I think that a little bit of time to himself on Father’s Day weekend probably does us all good as American citizens that our President is taking that time.

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