After the callous behavior the world witnessed from President Obama in his pre-golf statement about the beheading of American journalist James Foley – just before the grinning high-fives – one would expect caution from the White House as they formulate his response to news of a second beheading.
Obama boarded Marine One Tuesday afternoon to begin his trip to Estonia and the NATO summit in Wales with no mention of the horrific murder of journalist Steven Sotloff.
He was roundly criticized, but former White House Press Secretary Dana Perino defended the move, calling it the “right call.”
Update: Obama spoke in Tallinn, Estonia, Wednesday morning, after the video was officially authenticated by the White House. He vowed that “justice will be served.” Read more about what he said here.
I think that was the right call for the president not to address nation on the second beheading. Isis using his reactions as excuse to kill.
— Dana Perino (@DanaPerino) September 2, 2014
Obama walks to marine one after ignoring shouted q pic.twitter.com/ZzFUsvFdXr
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) September 2, 2014
@redsteeze Symbolic … the president’s backside as he walks away from conflict foreign and domestic, ignoring those who want answers.
— Marcy J. Miller (@MarcyJMiller) September 2, 2014
Would you not think Pres Obama would make SOME comment to the American people about the beheading before took off for Europe
— Greta Van Susteren (@gretawire) September 2, 2014
@gretawire He thinks if he ignores world problems, they will go away so he can finish out his term with parties & golf.
— Eileen (@mylifeback) September 2, 2014
@gretawire Its not Ferguson so why would he?
— Believer in America (@sonof420flier) September 2, 2014
@gretawire he hasn’t read about it yet …
— Steve Elkington (@elkpga) September 2, 2014
Perino’s opinion received a mixed response:
@DanaPerino But you know they don’t need excuse. Perhaps this is our excuse to finally implement A STRATEGY
— Sandy (@RightGlockMom) September 2, 2014
@DanaPerino ISIS needs NO excuse from anyone, esp. Pres. Obama, to kill, its what those sick bastards live for!
— KarenSL (@KarenSL) September 2, 2014
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