The president had been on vacation in Martha’s Vineyard Aug. 20 when he appeared before assembled reporters and pronounced himself “heartbroken” over Foley’s beheading by fighters for the Islamic State militant group in Syria.
Minutes after his remarks, Obama arrived at a golf course, where he played a round with several friends, provoking criticism from some political rivals, Democratic allies and media pundits that the commander in chief had not treated the moment with proper dignity and respect.
Obama and his advisers have generally dismissed criticism about his leisure activities, noting that all presidents have enjoyed pastimes that can help them clear their heads for a job that never really has off-hours. The president spent nearly two weeks in Martha’s Vineyard and played nine rounds of golf there.
“The possibility of a jarring contrast, given the world’s news, is always — there’s always going to be some tough news somewhere — is going to be there,” Obama said. “I think everybody who knows me, including, I suspect, the press, understands that that, you know, you take this stuff in. And it’s serious business. And you care about it deeply.”
The president emphasized that “the important thing is, in addition to that, is am I getting the policies right? Am I protecting the American people? Am I doing what’s necessary? And when it comes to the policies, when it comes to the actions we’ve taken, I have no higher priority than keeping the American people safe. I think I’ve done a very good job during the course of these last, close to six years, doing so. And I intend to continue to meet that responsibility or meet that duty, for as long as I have the privilege of holding this office.”
I would certainly agree that Obama is a bad actor. Whatever happened to the smartestest POTUS ever? The charismatic speaker and unnaturally gifted politician? The guy who had his own Greek temple built just so he could give a speech?
Is Obama really so detached that he didn’t realize that it wouldn’t look too good to give such a serious announcement and then head straight to the golf course? Is there no one in his administration who didn’t tell him it was a bad idea?
I honestly don’t think Obama gave a fuck until the backlash started. It was just another Marie Antoinette moment, of which there have been many. Obama is like the Richard Dawson character (Killian) in The Running Man – charming and affable in front of the camera, a total asshole the rest of the time.
His handlers said he had to make a statement on ISIS and the Foley murder, so he got on stage, read his lines, and then dropped the POTUS mask and headed for the golf course.
Lots of politicians are two-faced. Almost all of them, actually. The problem with Obama is that both the fake persona and the real one are both incompetent assholes. It’s not that the emperor has no clothes, it’s that the clothes have no emperor.
Even worse, he still has over two years left to go.
We are so fucked.