Obama golfs and raises money, but he’s too busy to return La. lawmaker’s call 

The Hill relates the story of Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., who represents a district near to the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. According to a colleague, Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., Scalise called President Obama to discuss solutions to the oil spill, but Obama was too busy golfing and fundraising for Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., to take his call.

“He was called back by a staffer on Friday who said that the president was too busy to talk to him. He understood that until I turned on the TV and saw that he was golfing and went out to California to do a fundraiser. He said — six days now and he’s never even spoken to him,” McCarthy said.

This is an incredible and very telling anecdote that should be remembered like President Bush’s flight over New Orleans. Scalise’s spokesman confirmed to me that this happened (the congressman still has not spoken to the president), but I must point out that the Hill piece contains an error. Scalise does not represent the district where the spill occurred, although he does represent the adjoining district. His constituents will definitely suffer from its economic impact, and there is fear that the oil will reach its shores if it spreads as far north as Lake Borgne.

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David Freddoso came to the Washington Examiner in June 2009, after serving for nearly two years as a Capitol Hill-based staff reporter for National Review Online. Before writing his New York Times bestselling book, The Case Against Barack Obama, he spent three years assisting Robert Novak, the legendary Washington... more
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