Obama: “The Golf Game Did Not Reflect the Depth of his Grief Over Mr. Foley”

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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Golf is not really an ideal game for reflecting the depth of your grief. Now croquet, there’s a proper game for letting the world know just how miserable you are.

Sure it looks like Obama is laughing on the outside. But he’s weeping on the inside.

The video, Mr. Manley,  a longtime Democratic strategist, added, “was just so shocking that the idea that he was going to immediately run to the golf course was just a little too much for folks; it was tone-deaf.”

Aides said the golf game did not reflect the depth of his grief over Mr. Foley.

For Mr. Obama, the video of Mr. Foley’s death is acutely personal because it showed one of three other American civilians held hostage, Steven J. Sotloff, suggesting he would be killed next if the president did not stop bombing ISIS targets in Iraq. “The life of this American citizen, Obama, depends on your next decision,” the masked killer says while holding the back of Mr. Sotloff’s orange, prison-style shirt.

This is grief with serious depth. Just look at that sad grieving fist bump. Sure it looks joyful on the outside, but clearly lacks the usual vim and vigor with which Obama fist bumps on the golf course after delivering a formulaic statement about the murder of an American.

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  • glpage

    It’s interesting the administration is criticizing European countries for paying ransom to ISIS for hostages after exchanging Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban leaders. Why is Bergdahl more valuable to Obama than Foley?

    • Libslayer

      Bergdahl hated America more than foley.

    • DogmaelJones1

      Because that’s Obama’s way of giving us all the middle finger. He’s been doing that since day one.

      • laura r

        middle finger all his life. americans love abuse.

        • Pete

          Some Americans, maybe a slight majority, but not all.

    • Pete

      “It’s interesting the administration is criticizing European countries for paying ransom to ISIS for hostages after exchanging Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban leaders”

      Very Good comment!

      Money is not the only type of currency. On Yap they use Rai (stone money , in prison cigarettes, cigarettes were also used in the aftermath of WW2. There is bitcoin.

      Trading people at a more than 1 to 1 rate or trading a queen for a pawn is also paying ransom

    • laura r

      muslim

  • cheri

    A quoted in the Washington Post, May 14, 2008:

    President Bush said yesterday that he gave up golfing in 2003 “in solidarity” with the families of soldiers who were dying in Iraq, concluding that it was “just not worth it anymore” to play the sport in a time of war.

    “I don’t want some mom whose son may have recently died to see the commander in chief playing golf,” Bush said in a White House interview with the Politico. “I feel I owe it to the families to be as — to be in solidarity as best as I can with them. And I think playing golf during a war just sends the wrong signal.”

    Alas, two different men, two different mentalities.

    • Libslayer

      One man, and one petulant permanently adolescent boy.

    • JR Kipling

      Meanwhile in Africa Robert Mugabe black revolutionary age 85 flies his 10 wives to Hong Kong for shopping sprees.to spend the money stolen from white farmers that built the economy and the country. Is that the mentality you are talking about? Its endemic to every black leader everywhere.Or is that racist?

      • Libslayer

        Obama is our Mugabe.

        • JR Kipling

          He is also Kwame Kilpatrick (in jail), Jesse Jackson Jr,(in jail) Marion Barry (out of jail), Charles Taylor (in jail) Roy Nagin (in jail) Charlie Rangel, (jail status unknown) Patrick Cannon (on way to jail) and on and on. And still no one dares make sense of it. Black culture cannot exist without rampant corruption and a endless supply of gullible whites to loot from in order to support its delusions

    • Pete

      Dear Reader,

      Whatever you doing stop. Please sit and do not drink while reading the linked cartoon.

      You have been warned.

      warnewsupdates.blogspot.com/2014/08/this-should-get-president-obamas.html

    • garyhope

      “Alas, two different men, two different mentalities.”

      Only one of them is a man and it’s not Obammy.

    • Miss_Trixie

      Obumble’s no man, cheri, For all his faults, Dubya is head and shoulders above the petulant and grossly immature Boy-Child who wants to be King.
      .
      He ain’t no “man” that’s for sure.

    • Pippilotta

      Yeah Good ol´Georgie, wish he was still your president(As a European you could feel so SUPERIOR), bet he´s to stupid to hold the putter anyway.

      • Webb

        But not too stupid to ram it up yer fat but-tocks I bet!

  • Libslayer

    Obama doesn’t care about the beheading.
    But he wants to arrest the guy who videotaped the murder, for insulting the prophet Mohammad, with an “offensive YouTube video”
    Meanwhile, ISIS said it wasn’t murder, it was simply a “man caused disaster”
    And dismissed it as a “phony scandal”.

  • Pete

    “People say the reason Obama wouldn’t call Clinton is because he doesn’t like him. The truth is, Obama doesn’t call anyone, and he’s not close to almost anyone. It’s stunning that he’s in politics, because he really doesn’t like people.”

    — Former Obama aide Neera Tanden, quoted by New York Magazine

    thenewamerican.com/reviews/opinion/item/13239-former-obama-aide-the-president

    • garyhope

      When will the left, the “liberals”, the “progressives”, the media and Hollywood learn and admit that Obama is a sociopath?

  • liz

    “The tears of a clown, when there’s no one around…”
    Maybe it’s more like “the evil and unfunny clown, who couldn’t care less…”

  • laura r

    the message is loud & clear. there is nothing more to discuss. hes too busy thinking about ferguson & how to turn it into a world wide amusement park.

  • truebearing

    What people are missing is that Obama was careful to only go golfing with someone whose last name is Mourning. That showed the depth of his grief.

  • http://www.stubbornthings.org NAHALKIDES

    Obama doesn’t care. Now what we need are some Republicans with the courage to say that out loud.

    • chrissie

      My my…he does not care in the slightest. He is used to ignore the heaps of corpses piling up on behalf of him. It is sickening.

  • http://www.stubbornthings.org NAHALKIDES

    I haven’t the stomach to watch it myself, but thanks for bringing it to our attention. You’ve got to hand it to Barry – he won’t let anything, not even the needs of the nation he’s supposed to be leading, interfere with his many vacations.

  • Allan

    Sorry for the language but, Obama is a fucking disgrace.

    • Ford Prefect

      That’s ok these are stressful times you can say Obama. That is not as flipped as it sounds I don’t think I am Alone on this point but just hearing his name puts me in a foul mood.

  • mike

    I just do not know what to say anymore it’s clear we do not have a focused leader

    • Mal

      Nope.
      You have a locust feeder.

  • camp7

    The butt thing makes one wonder why he’s spending so much time “bumping” at the golf course… and the vineyard. Oops, not politically correct, my bad.

  • Janice Woods

    Obama has a different way of mourning. It’s called Alonzo Mourning

  • Lanna

    Please don’t try and fake it Mr. President, it isn’t becoming, you could care less about Americans, Christians, Yazities, or Jews!

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    “The Golf Game Did Not Reflect the Depth of his Grief Over Mr. Foley”

    What says heavyhearted grief more than 18 holes of golf?

  • De Doc

    Our C-in-C has drawn a red line in the sand… trap!