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August 22, 2014 - 12:53 pm

Back in Martha’s Vineyard for another week of vacation, President Obama hit the golf course for more than four hours directly after giving a statement Wednesday on the beheading of American journalist James Foley.

He hit the links again Thursday for more than four hours.

Today, White House deputy press secretary Eric Schultz was asked by reporters just why he kept golfing during times of crisis.

“I am not going to get into the president’s mindset on that. I will say that, generally, I think that, you know, sports and leisure activities are — are a good way for release and clearing of the mind for a lot of us,” Schultz replied.

“The president did give a powerful statement in this auditorium Wednesday afternoon. I think that anyone wondering his views on both the situation with ISIL, that video, or his concern for the Foley family should go back and review that statement. It was delivered from the heart, it was candid, it was honest, and it was open,” the spokesman said.

“And I think anyone trying to assess how seriously he takes the gravity of that situation should go back and watch that or read it or listen to it again.”

But what about the optics of Obama laughing on the golf course after giving a statement about the Foley tragedy, Schultz was asked.

“I understand you’re asking about the optics. But let me just take a minute to explain how we approach this,” he responded. “First and foremost, the president is focused on doing his job. And to us, that’s paramount. And what I think you’ve seen is just because the president is in a different location doesn’t mean he’s not doing his job. And I don’t think anyone in this room who’s been covering this or following the president for the past few weeks could deny that the president’s been deeply engaged on issues both domestic and abroad.”

“It’s important for us to understand, and I think that’s been evident, is that the issues the country is facing, both on the international stage and back here at home, have absolutely captured the president’s attention while we’ve been here.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Well, those people can point to the undisputed fact that, as Eric Schultz mentioned, Obama DID deliver a "powerful statement" before rushing back to the golf course.

What more can we expect of a president?
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If Obama wants "release", I say we give it to him. Release him from his current employment and let him play golf full-time, since that's clearly what he prefers.
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you know B.O. has so many irons in the fire, that it is difficult to imagine what his life is like.

YOu know the 5 iron, the 6 iron, the 7 iron.

But so he gave a strong statement, we all know he can read what is on a teleprompter, but he has no clue about the real world.

How about his wanting a result with no victors and no vanquished, and how about ending a war, by saying it is over, and just leaving, now that is military genius.

Seem to recall that Grant, and Sherman spoke of war is hell, and necessary to make the enemy want to come to the peace table.

Can you or anyone imagine Lincoln, telling the south, we will continue this struggle until there is no victor and no vanquished. Heck with that policy we might still be two countries, one slave and one free
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Stop calling it the White House.
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Hello president liar. No one else will call you that but who cares at this point. Perhaps you should consider the effects on young people and the degradation of our civil discourse in this country when the top dog himself is a serial "liar". Well guess what mr man jeans? We do know the difference. I fear for this great country and your miserable performance that is only "great" in your dreams and that of your libtard drones. The whole country is in denial.. We do not believe a word you say or any of your hand picked propaganda nitwits at state or defense or epa or doe or no justice department or anyone else in your sordid collection of star wars leftists wack jobs. Maybe we will be lucky and maybe your sorry admin will just give up and do nothing for the next 3 years. Thank God if that would happen. Our enemies gather at the gate and marshal their forces aided an and helped by your policies and there will be an attack at some point because they know your are weak and pathetic.
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This is the same guy that said before he was elected, a presidential should be prepared to forgo vacations leisure time, family life and need for sleep because they had a job to do. That was the bargain they strike with the American people. .
17 weeks ago
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So this was just another lie, you can not believe a thing this guy says.
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Make no mistake about it, rubbing your nose in it is a big big part of everything this criminal does.
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“It’s important for us to understand, and I think that’s been evident, is that the issues the country is facing, both on the international stage and back here at home, have absolutely captured the president’s attention while we’ve been here.” SNIP

What's been happening in this world the past 10 days should not merely have "captured" his attention as if these events are shiny squirrels. They should be his entire focus.
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What, you expected shame from the conscienceless one or his minions in the White House?
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If Obama wants "release", I say we give it to him. Release him from his current employment and let him play golf full-time, since that's clearly what he prefers.
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If only, but the free golf, free airplane rides on Air Force One, the free meals, the free housing at 1600, and the deliciously fawning attention of the press weren't so seductive.

And the promise of future riches not so compelling.

Otherwise, this chump would have skipped town before 2012.

17 weeks ago
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To be fair to Mr. Obama, he's no worse a president on the golf course than when he is in Washington.
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Evidently, the Obama regime thinks that being "deeply engaged", "concerned", and sincere, is all it takes to be successful as President.
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Maybe I'm cynical but I'd put it slightly differently: Evidently, the Obama regime thinks that claiming the President is "deeply engaged", "concerned" and sincere is all it takes to be successful as President.

In other words, Obama doesn't actually have to care, he just has to claim to care and that's good enough for his followers and for the historians that right about his presidency: they will accept that he cared because his press flacks said he did.
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AND those historians will -- as today's newsmen do --WANT to believe that he cares, is deeply engaged, and all that. Because, hey, he's our First Black President and we can't be racist or hold him to the same standards we would a white man.

Oh ... wait ...
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Well, those people can point to the undisputed fact that, as Eric Schultz mentioned, Obama DID deliver a "powerful statement" before rushing back to the golf course.

What more can we expect of a president?
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