After a video was released of an American journalist being beheaded by a group known as the Islamic State, or ISIS or ISIL, the American people were outraged and finally took notice of the terrorist organization. President Obama has been hesitant to act militarily in the wake of the killing, but some in the right-wing media have already made the story a political one.
A video was released last week of American journalist James Foley being decapitated by an Islamic State member, dressed all in black with his face nearly all by covered. President Obama quickly made a statement on the matter, but Republicans and conservative media were equally as quick in their criticism of the president who apparently took to the golf course after his speech. During Tuesday's Happening Now on Fox News, conservative radio host Lars Larson stated that Democrats were embarrassed by President Obama's polices, who was "playing" while ISIS was out killing people.
“James Foley’s executioner, the image is very powerful, it reminds us of something important. A lot of Democrats don’t want to be tied to this president’s policies, although they are, because this president is playing while ISIS is out killing people.”
Larson continued and stated that, "it isn't September 10th any more, it is past September 11th, 2001. It’s a different era." Nothing that President Obama once spoke of wanting to be the president, Larson continued his criticism of Obama, calling him the "playboy president" for caring more about his legacy than actually doing his job. A question was posed to Larson about a campaign video put out by New Mexican Republican Senate candidate Allen Weh, who used part of the video of Foley's beheading as a visual in the ad. Though many have questioned using the murder in a political ad, Larson said he thought it was “perfectly fair" to do so.
Many in the right wing media have criticized President Obama for taking many vacations during his near six years in office, but looking into the numbers show that he hasn't gone away that much. Since being sworn in as president in January of 2009, the Chicago Tribune points out that President Obama has spent 125 partial or complete days away from the vacation. Compare those numbers to former Republican President George W. Bush, who spent 381 partial or complete days away at his ranch in Texas, plus an additional 26 days at the Bush family compound in Maine.