Obama goes golfing right after speech about beheading; ‘first mulligan will be dedicated to memory of Foley’

As news was making the rounds Tuesday afternoon that a video had been released by Islamic State militants showing American photojournalist James Foley being beheaded, President Obama was on his way back to Martha’s Vineyard after two days of what looked to be routine meetings at the White House.

The president did not comment on Foley’s apparent death Tuesday, but held a press conference Wednesday afternoon where he delivered a strong message against the ISIL terrorists.

“The United States of America will continue to do what we must do to protect our people,” Obama said. “We will be vigilant and we will be relentless.”

He then returned to the golf course, according to CBS News’ Major Garret:

A development that prompted this epic response:

Meanwhile, British Prime Minister David Cameron turned to Twitter Tuesday evening to post a definitive comment on the matter:

The Washington Post reported that Cameron will cut short a family vacation and return to London for emergency meetings on Iraq and Syria. Foley is a U.S. citizen, but his executioner spoke with a British accent.

Was beheaded American journalist James Foley’s
murderer released from Guantanamo Bay?

The optics could not be worse for Obama, having just returned to his summer vacation. Twitter users wasted little time comparing the responses of the two leaders:

Tom Tillison


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