Increasingly, the nation's media has become critical of President Obama's in-your-face dedication to golfing, fundraising, vacationing, and White House galas, while the world is on fire.
Last week's TV appearance regarding the beheading of journalist James Foley was one of the strongest examples. His tone and tenor seemed Presidential and thoughtful. Yet, minutes later, he was back on the golf course at Martha's Vineyard, high-fiving, fist-bumping, and yukking it up with his golfing buddies, as this picture from the U.K. Daily Mail clearly shows:
In response to this behavior, the White House released a statement that basically said that playing golf helps clear the President's mind. Apparently it does. Because it's really, really hard to see any concern on the face of this President over the death of James Foley, Hamas' killing of 18 suspected traitors, the Islamic State's war in Syria and Iraq, the Russian movements against Ukraine, the rioting in Ferguson Missouri, and all the other upheavals that should have his attention. And, that's the problem. From our world-wide foes to our allies and friends, that picture, and the timing of it, reveals a lack of sincerity, concern, and focus. It makes one think that his TV appearance and his expressed concern over James Foley's death was just a show. Just another prepared and well-delivered speech, orchestrated for the television audience. But, as always, actions speak louder than words.
I think most of us would agree that the President in never off the job because he always has staff and advisers around him with world-wide communications capability at the ready. But, this picture sends the wrong kind of message. Most importantly, it tells our enemies, like Putin and the Islamic State, that they have nothing to fear from this guy who is supposedly this nation's President.
How many times has Obama golfed and fundraised since he’s been president?: http://therightscoop.com/how-many-times-has-obama-golfed-and-fundraised-since-hes-been-president/
New York Times: A Terrorist Horror, Then Golf: Incongruity Fuels Obama Critics: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/22/us/politics/a-terrorist-horror-then-golf-incongruity-fuels-obama-critics.html
CBS New York: President Obama Plays Golf After Making Somber Statement On Beheaded American Journalist James Foley: http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2014/08/21/president-obama-plays-golf-after-making-somber-statement-on-beheaded-american-journalist-james-foley/
Fox News: Obama Slammed for Golfing Minutes After Remarks on Foley Execution: http://foxnewsinsider.com/2014/08/21/obama-slammed-golfing-minutes-after-remarks-foley-execution
Daily Mail: 'Leisure activities are a good way for release and clearing of the mind': White House defends Obama golfing just minutes after addressing nation about James Foley's beheading – as John Kerry goes SAILING: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2732133/Leisure-activities-good-way-release-clearing-mind-White-House-defends-pictures-Obama-playing-golf-just-minutes-addressing-nation-James-Foley-s-beheading.html