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Bad optics: Obama golfs as Iraq disintegrates under ISIS attacks

Barack Obama yelled 'Zot, Zot, Zot', as he makes the symbols of the Anteater, the school's mascot.
Barack Obama yelled 'Zot, Zot, Zot', as he makes the symbols of the Anteater, the school's mascot.
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On Friday, Twitchy reported that President Obama is scheduled to play golf in southern California over the Father's Day weekend. The move, announced by CBS News White House Correspondent Mark Knoller on Twitter, unleashed a torrent of criticism.

"From ND, Pres Obama heads to CA for a long weekend that includes golf in Palm Springs, another commencement & Dem fundraiser on Saturday," Knoller tweeted.

"You don't say? With what's going in Iraq, you would think Obama would stay at the WH! I guess if you ignore it, it goes away," one person said in response.

"While Iraq burns," another person added.

"Maybe the folks in Iraq will put their little civil war on hold for the weekend?" asked Twitter user "Cory."

BizPac Review's Tom Tillotson noted the trip comes as the situation in Iraq approaches "critical mass," with Baghdad on the verge of falling to the hard-line Islamic militant group ISIS. Moreover, Tillotson added, a major humanitarian crisis is unfolding on the southern border with Mexico as huge numbers of illegal immigrants are crossing the southern border.

Tillotson went on to say that "while the media may still adore him, this president has worn out his welcome with the American people," judging from the responses people gave on Twitter.

Additionally, Knoller said in another tweet, Obama was the commencement speaker at UC Irvine's graduation ceremony. Obama received three standing ovations at the ceremony, where he compared himself to John F. Kennedy and focused on global warming.

“The question is not whether we need to act. The overwhelming judgment of science, accumulated and measured and reviewed over decades, has put that to rest,” he told those in attendance. “The question is whether we have the will to act before it’s too late.”

Not everyone was thrilled with Obama's message, however. The college's chapter of Young Americans for Liberty poked fun at the president with posts mocking his schedule and his message.

As the saying goes, this too, passed, and things returned to normal.

"With the president leaving Orange County this afternoon to return on Air Force One to Palm Springs for golf, our Southern California coastal region resumes the old 'Reagan Country' mold with local Republicans celebrating Flag Day at an event featuring U.S. Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) in the Hotel Irvine tonight," OC Weekly added.

Nevertheless, the image of Obama golfing with Iraq in flames prompted at least one person to call his move the "definition of bad optics."

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