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:
According to WH travel pool w/POTUS, the president arrived at Vineyard Golf Club at 1:05 p.m., following statement on #JamesFoley and #ISIS
— Major Garrett (@MajorCBS) August 20, 2014
A development that prompted this epic response:
Obama’s first mulligan on the golf course today will be dedicated to the memory of James Foley.
— John Hayward (@Doc_0) August 20, 2014
Meanwhile, British Prime Minister David Cameron turned to Twitter Tuesday evening to post a definitive comment on the matter:
If true, the murder of James Foley is shocking and depraved. I will today chair meetings on the situation in Iraq/Syria. — David Cameron (@David_Cameron) August 20, 2014
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:
David Cameron cut his vacation short after the ISIS Foley video. Obama is still on the vineyard. — Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) August 20, 2014
British PM Cameron Cancels Vacation After ISIS Beheading Video… Obama Returns To His Martha’s Vineyard Vacation… — Priorities — Jeffrey D. Dickson (@jddickson) August 20, 2014
@MeganSmiles @mpoppel Terribly wrong when Cameron comes home off vacation and Obama goes back on vacation. — Gabby (@5dogsmommy22) August 20, 2014
ISIS BEHEADS AMERICAN JOURNALIST. Threatens to kill another. Fate depends on Obama’s next move. David Cameron cancels vacation. Obama …meh — O’s Bloody Hands (@notalemming) August 20, 2014
Oh. The White House is “appalled.” Yet the Prez has to return to his golfing. I’m appalled at Obama! What a disgrace. http://t.co/1fWJ3hTrlw — John Corson (@johncorson) August 20, 2014
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