Editor’s Note: How will any terrorist take Obama’s words seriously when he is caught moments after “playing around” on the golf course? Actions speak louder than words; and it seems as if Obama doesn’t give a cr*p.
President Barack Obama reacted to the on-camera slaying of photojournalist James Foley for five minutes on Wednesday, telling a global audience that ‘when people harm Americans, anywhere, we do what’s necessary to see that justice is done.’
Almost immediately after leaving the podium Obama teed-off and was seen laughing with friends and fist-bumping them during a five-hour round at Farm Neck Golf Course on Martha’s Vineyard – his seventh 18-holes in ten days.
The decision brought a chorus of condemnation from TV commentators, journalists, conservative partisans and Twitter users.
Retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Ralph Peters could hardly contain his anger Wednesday night on the Fox News Channel as he discussed Obama’s reactions to the ISIS terror network’s beheading of Foley, an American who had been missing since 2012.
‘There is no way the president should be stupid enough to go play golf’ after such a somber speech, Peters said.
‘Not only did he insult the Foley family; he sent a message to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (the leader of ISIS) and all of the other jihadi terrorist militants – now soldiers of a jihadi army – that he doesn’t take it all seriously.’
Liz Cheney took to Twitter to say: ‘Obama is more dedicated to golfing that he is to defending the nation’.
ABC News political director Rick Klein told Fox host Greta van Susteren that the White House is ‘well past the point of caring about the so-called “optics” of things like this. And the president himself clearly doesn’t … care about the way it looks.’
Klein said he found it ‘jarring to see him on the golf course just minutes after giving an address like this.’
Twitter exploded with tens of thousands of tweets expressing disbelief that Obama was ‘tone deaf,’ ‘clueless’ and ‘disrespectful.’
‘Golfing today is in bad taste,’ tweeted Vox editor-in-chief Ezra Klein, a long-time Obama backer.
‘What message does it send?’ asked the influential Drudge Report editor and Washington Times columnist Joe Curl.
David Horowitz, a conservative convert known for his slash-and-burn rhetoric, held nothing back.
‘ISIS beheads Foley. Obama makes an empty statement and takes another round of golf,’ he summarized. ‘Is this an invitation to kill more Americans or what?’
The New York Times had digital egg on its face for hours while Obama golfed, publishing a story about his early afternoon speech headlined: ‘Obama Outraged Over Beheading, Vows to Stay on Course.’
The grey lady eventually changed her headline.
It was revealed earlier today that special forces attempted to rescue Americans – including James Foley – held hostage by ISIS in Syria earlier this summer but failed.
The mission to save the journalist and others was carried out in early July but was unsuccessful because the hostages – being held by a group of British jihadists known as ‘The Beatles’ – could not be found.
‘This operation involved air and ground components and was focused on a particular captor network within ISIL [also known as ISIS and IS],’ the White House said in a statement last night.
‘Unfortunately, the mission was not successful because the hostages were not present at the targeted location.’
As Obama was teeing off, his administration was briefing on its rescue attempts this summer and said it would not release more details on the raid.
Sources told the New York Times that the mission was carried out by two dozen special-ops members, who were dropped off in Syria in early July and were met with gunfire.
‘While on site, it became apparent the hostages were not there,’ one of the officials said.
The sources wouldn’t say where the raid was held, but pointed out that if it had happened in a heavily-populated area – it likely would have already made news. They also wouldn’t comment on how many hostages were believed to be held captive at the location, or their names.
The administration kept the raid a secret until now in order to ‘preserve future opportunities’ for future missions.