Our ever vacationing commander-in-chief teed off shortly after 1:00 p.m. on Thursday for his eighth round of golf in 11 days. Obama played 18 holes Wednesday with former NBA star Alonzo Mourning and two business pals.
Twitter exploded and commentators from Fox and ABC tore into Obama for appearing insensitive and ‘stupid’ as the nation reeled from the beheading of an American photojournalist.
Former President George W. Bush declined to comment on Obama’s 18-hole priorities but his VP Dick Cheney slammed the current president for his insensitive demeanor.
Obama played what photos depict as a more somber round of golf on Thursday, 24 hours after a visibly lighthearted Obama hit the golf course and drew condemnation since the game came just minutes after he delivered a somewhat rehearsed speech about the slaying of American photojournalist James Foley.
On Wednesday Obama said that ‘when people harm Americans, anywhere, we do what’s necessary to see that justice is done.‘ Minutes later he began a round of golf where he was photographed fist-bumping a playing partner, who happens to be a cousin of White House adviser Valerie Jarrett.
Members of Congress are now criticizing Obama, with one Texas lawmaker saying he has ‘spent more time lining up his many putts than he did lining up efforts to stop the killers.’ Another, from Pennsylvania, jabbed that ‘ISIS needs to be stopped, and fist pumps between the president and his buddies won’t stop them.’
Obama took a vacation from his vacation on Monday for two days of meetings at the White House, and Tuesday Obama was back on a plane to Martha’s Vineyard as news about Foley’s murder began to spread. At the very least, Obama should have remained until the situation was fully brought to light. Of all the people Obama has around him you mean to tell me not one of them thought this through beyond his next tee time?
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