So let’s try & get this straight.
U.S. president, Barack Obama, was allegedly on the golf course within ten minutes AFTER wrapping up his surprisingly brief press conference, on Wednesday, regarding the grisly beheading of American photojournalist, James Foley
Yes, even the unofficial Obama press organ, the “Washington Post”, has confirmed this information:
Instead of cancelling his vacation and rushing back to the White House – following the example of British Prime Minister David Cameron who cancelled his vacation and flew back to London to summon an emergency session of the British Parliament – Mr. Obama presented his response from his palatial digs on Martha Vineyard, and then rushed back to finish his 18 holes of golf with former NBA star Alonzo Mourning and two business friends.
According to the seemingly disengaged President: “When people harm Americans, anywhere, we do what’s necessary to see that justice is done.”
And then, according to the “London Daily Mail” Web site, four minutes after leaving the podium Obama teed-off and was seen laughing with friends and “fist-bumping” them during yet another five-hour round of golf at Farm Neck Golf Course on Martha’s Vineyard – HIS SEVENTH 18-HOLES IN TEN DAYS.
Retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Ralph Peters could hardly contain his anger, Wednesday night on the Fox News Channel, as he discussed Obama’s reactions to the ISIS terror network’s beheading of Foley:
“There is no way the president should be stupid enough to go play golf after such a somber speech,” Peters said.
[Peters then continued:] “Not only did he insult the Foley family; he sent a message to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (the leader of ISIS) that he doesn’t take it seriously.’
ABC News political director Rick Klein told Fox host Greta van Susteren that the White House is “well past the point of caring about the so-called ‘optics’ of things like this … and the president himself clearly doesn’t even care about the way it looks.”
Klein said he found it “jarring to see him on the golf course just minutes after giving an address like this.”
Twitter nearly broke down, literally filled with tens of thousands of tweets expressing angry disapproval that Obama could be so disengaged & insensitive.
“Golfing today is in bad taste,” tweeted long-time Obama apologist & backer Ezra Klein.
But perhaps it was David Horowitz, a former liberal & now outspoken conservative, who summed it up best:
“ISIS beheads Foley. Obama makes an empty statement, and takes another round of golf,” he angrily intoned. “’Is this an invitation to kill more Americans or what?”
Or as an indignant”IBD” (“Independent Business Daily”) reader responded:
“First a murdered ambassador (Benghazi) … Now a beheaded American citizen … Just what would it take to keep Barack Obama away from a fundraiser, or the golf course?”
MY OWN RESPONSE TO THESE DEPRESSING EVENTS
So what do I think about this presidential malfeasance in office?
Well as Democrat Ron Klain – who was chief of staff for both Vice Presidents Al Gore and Joe Biden, chided: “This is a style of leadership MORE EFFECTIVE FOR RUNNING A LAW REVIEW than running a country … or the world!”
According to Gallup spokesperson, Justin McCarthy, Americans’ confidence in all three branches of the U.S. government had fallen, reaching record lows for (1) the Supreme Court (30%); (2) Congress (7%); and A SIX-YEAR LOW FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA (29%) — down seven percentage points from the previous rating of 36%.
This is used-car-salesmen territory!
But then again, how many Americans would NOW trust Barack Obama enough, to buy a used car from him — after all, he would likely be flogging a used Buick (with multiple ignition problems).
No wonder a recent Quinnipiac poll reported that respondents (many of them liberal Democrats) rated Barack Obama as the worst president since World War II (beating out George W. Bush & Jimmy Carter for the top spot in this presidential-losers race).
And why not when the Obama administration has promised to bring the murderers of James Wright Foley to justice by initiating a FBI-type criminal investigation headed by the master of investigative incompetence, Eric “Fast & Furious” Holder.
Yes, Islamo-fascist jihadists are committing genocide against Christians and religious minorities.
And these same kind folks just beheaded an American, videoed the entire execution, and posted it on YouTube. And Obama talks about bringing them to justice via a “criminal investigation” headed by the justice department?
Is this man living in a fantasy land, or is he simply too exhausted, from his constant holidays & golfing games, to make a rational decision?
But let’s be blunt & go further and say what the mainstream media won’t say:
Metaphorically, Barack Obama has BLOOD on his hands.
As even ultra Obama apologist Chris Mathews recently opined on his ratings-deprived MSNBC show:
“No American president can survive if he lets Americans be beheaded on international television with impunity. Impunity! He has to strike back, as an American, it’s in our soul!”
Or as the New York Times’ unofficial journalistic Obama cheerleader, Maureen Dowd, scoffed:
“The sad part is that this is an ugly, confusing and frightening time at home and abroad, and the country needs its president to illuminate and lead, not sink into some petulant expression of petty, needy, bickering egomaniacs.”
And representative Mike Pompeo, (R., Kan) — a member of the House Select Committee on Intelligence, West Point graduate, and former Army cavalry officer – gets us closer to understanding the problem of having a narcissistic community-organizer leading America when the nation (and its allies) is essentially under attack by a ruthless enemy:
[Congressman Pompeo commented:] “The President is wrong to continue to downplay this threat by saying that ISIS is claiming to be at war with America merely out of expediency, or that ISIS is motivated by sheer ‘nihilism.’ … This is not a ‘J.V. team’, as the President has put it. ISIS is an army of cold-blooded killers motivated by radical Islam. They continue their march, uninterrupted, to convert by the sword, kill Christians and other religious minorities, and expand their control of the Middle East.“
Or as Peter Bergen, CNN’s terrorism analyst recently commented: “The tactics and strategy of ISIS are abhorrent, as demonstrated by the beheading of American journalist James Foley, ISIS’s crucifixions of captives, and its genocidal attacks on the small Yazidi minority.”
If the President doesn’t take some authentic (not politically calculated) military action soon, he warned, America will pay the price for President Obama’s risk-averse dithering and indecision in the future.
But of course, the most cogent question of all was asked by Fox New’s Sean Hannity on a recent broadcast:
How does the current President of the United States sleep at night, and get up in the morning to play another round of golf, when so many innocent Christians, Baathists & Jews have been slaughtered by these modern-day incarnations of Genghis Kahn?
Not to mention knowing about the recently beheaded (American photojournalist) James Foley!
Is there anything else more that can be said about the malfeasance and detachment, of America’s community-organizer-in chief, from the duties of his office?
I don’t think so!
Of course, all of our hearts go out to the families of all the murdered victims of these newest jihadist incarnations of human evil.
And as a quasi tribute to these victims, and their families, you might want to view the “You Tube video” of rock group “Guns & Roses” in song (listed immediately below):
[In order to view this video please click on the Web link below, or cut & paste it into the “navigation pane” of your selected web browser (your targeted internet destination”)]:
Nuff said, I would guess.
[Murray Soupcoff was editor and co-author of “Good Buy Canada” and author of “Canada 1984”.
He was a founding member (and senior partner) of Ian Sone & Associates Ltd — Canada’s first independent social-research company specializing in the evaluations of federal, provincial & municipal government projects in Canada.
He is also the publisher of the “Soupcoff Report” investment newsletter, whose distribution is partly subsidized by paid subscriptions from former research clients.]