2014-08-22T205347Z_1_LYNXMPEA7L0U5_RTROPTP_2_USA-OBAMA

White House defends Obama's golf outings during crises

U.S. President Obama lines up his putt while playing a round of golf at Farm Neck Golf Club in Oak Bluffs on Martha's VineyardBy Steve Holland EDGARTOWN Mass. (Reuters) – President Barack Obama delivered a somber statement on the death of American journalist James Foley after a video emerged showing Foley’s grisly execution by Islamic State militants. Then Obama proceeded directly to a golf course to play 18 holes. “Bam’s Golf War,” blared the cover of the New York Daily News, showing a picture of the smiling president behind the wheel of a golf cart, while Foley’s parents grieved over their son in a smaller photo lower on the page. Criticism of Obama was not universal but emerged on both sides of the political spectrum, with former Vice President Dick Cheney attacking the president and left-leaning blogger Ezra Klein saying in a tweet that it was in bad taste.

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