President Obama had strong words for ISIS in a press conference Wednesday afternoon after their despicable beheading of American photojournalist James Foley. But his actions mere minutes later had many questioning his focus and resolve on tackling the terrorist threat:
Obama’s press conference was terse and brief, and he took no questions afterward. He made vague promises that America would bring the terrorists to justice, but mostly stuck to condemning their actions without clearly laying out what he would to as Commander-in-Chief.
The golf outing was confirmed by a Washington Examiner White House correspondent as well. The following was tweeted out by stunned journalists.
The New York Times‘ Ross Douthat:
Dylan Byers of Politico responded:
Another “working vacation”?
Obama didn’t even have time to mention the second journalist kidnapped and under threat by ISIS, Steve Sotloff, who was abducted in mid-2013 and worked for TIME Magazine. In a gruesome video recently released, ISIS executed photojournalist James Wright Foley:
So, what is Obama going to do about this besides hold press conferences and go golfing with celebrities?
Editor’s note: This post was supplemented with additional information after initial publication.