Obama Slammed for Golfing Minutes After Remarks on Foley Execution
President Obama is being called out this morning for heading immediately to a golf course in Martha's Vineyard after speaking Wednesday afternoon about the gruesome beheading of American journalist James Foley by ISIS terrorists.
White House correspondents said the president was on the golf course a mere eight minutes after finishing his speech.
Even the New York Daily News is pointing this out, with many on social media highlighting the paper's cover:
— Jonathan Wald (@jonathanwald) August 21, 2014
Karl Rove said this morning that Obama's words on Foley were "passionate" and appropriate, but noted that people are still asking today what Obama's strategy is for destroying ISIS.
Bill Hemmer asked Rove for his reaction to the criticism over the president's golf outing, pointing out that George W. Bush also took heat for the amount of time he spent at his Texas ranch.
Rove, Bush's senior adviser in the White House, recalled that Bush once regretted delivering a statement about an attack on Israel while he was vacationing in New England.
"This really caused President Bush to examine his behavior in a time of war. And it ultimately caused him to decide to give up golf for the balance of his presidency because he just couldn't square the visual gap between having to make statements like the statements that President Obama had to make and being on the golf course," said Rove.
Rove said Obama's advisers "made a mistake" by not realizing how the timing of the golf game would look.
Hemmer asked for Rove's take on why the White House or the president himself didn't see that beforehand.
Rove argued that the White House has been making a lot of "gaffes" in recent months, though he isn't sure exactly why.
"I just think they're off their game. I don't know whether it's August. Maybe the White House staff needed a break. Maybe they're getting worn out. Maybe the communications mavens over there have just lost their mojo. But something recently the last couple of months has been going on with their ability to handle situations," said Rove.
Watch the full interview and give us your take: is criticism of the president for golfing justified?