Obama had strong words for ISIS in his press conference Wednesday afternoon regarding the beheading of American photojournalist James Foley. But his actions minutes later had many questioning his sincerity and resolve on tackling the terrorist threat. You see, Obama headed right to the golf course after his brief, no questions asked press conference.
The New York Times‘ Ross Douthat had this to say:
Dylan Byers of Politico responded:
Obama’s press conference was brief, and it appeared he had not read his speech (script) more than once. Obama took no questions appearing to be in a hurry to depart. He made vague promises that America would bring the terrorists to justice, but mostly stuck to condemning their actions without clearly laying out what counter actions would be taken.
The golf outing was confirmed by a Washington Examiner White House correspondent as well. The following was tweeted out by stunned journalists.
Did anyone else notice that Obama did not bother to mention the second journalist kidnapped and under threat by ISIS, Steve Sotloff, who was abducted in mid-2013 and worked for TIME Magazine.
Are we to assume that no preventive measures will be taken on behalf of Steve Sotloff, and no subsequent measure based on the lack of action taken after the horrific demise of James Foley?
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