A Terrorist Horror, Then Golf: Incongruity Fuels Obama Critics

Critics are pouncing on Obama for returning to playing Golf after he paid tribute to James Foley. On the right is George W Bush at the White House Correspondence Dinner 2006, joking and pretending to be looking for Weapons of Mass Destruction, three years into his misguided Iraq War when thousands of Americans had lost their lives. Republicans, some Democrats and The Media, are serious Hypocrites.

 

“WASHINGTON — He had just hung up the telephone with the devastated parents before heading in front of the cameras. Unusually emotional, President Obama declared himself “heartbroken” by the brutal murder of an American journalist, James Foley, and vowed to “be relentless” against Islamic radicals threatening to kill another American.

 

But as soon as the cameras went off, Mr. Obama headed to his favorite golf course on Martha’s Vineyard, where he is on vacation, seemingly able to put the savagery out of his mind. He spent the rest of the afternoon on the links even as a firestorm of criticism erupted over what many saw as a callous indifference to the slaughter he had just condemned.

 

Presidents learn to wall off their feelings and compartmentalize their lives. They deal in death one moment and seek mental and physical relief the next. To make coldhearted decisions in the best interest of the country and manage the burdens of perhaps the most stressful job on the planet, current and former White House officials said, a president must guard against becoming consumed by the emotions of the situations they confront. And few presidents have been known more for cool, emotional detachment than Mr. Obama.” [NYT]

 

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BARACK OBAMA - GOLF - JAMES FOLEY AUG 22 14 NYT

 

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