Following the release of the macabre video showing the beheading of journalist Michael Foley, President Obama addressed the world and sent a clear message to ISIS murderers: “When people harm Americans anywhere, we do what is necessary to make sure justice is done,” he said from Martha's Vineyard, Mass., where he is vacationing.
Among the plethora of criticism, President Obama’s “Mr. Cool” style has been often called one of disengagement. His lack of a John Wayne “gonna bust ya” swagger like his predecessor has caused him to be skewered by nearly out-to-pasture war horses like Sen. John McCain. But while his detractors have mounted assaults with their insults, none can say he has failed to keep the United State free from harm like 9/11. Unlike those filled with sound and fury as they rattle sabers from the safety of their congressional seats, Obama has shown he can deliver a good joke at a media gala, while Navy Seals carried out his orders to bring the most wanted man on the planet to justice.
Yesterday afternoon a tieless Obama said, "We will be vigilant and we will be relentless," as the U.S. military pressed ahead with more airstrikes on Islamic State targets in Iraq to excise what he called the “cancer” that ISIS represents.
Minutes after his address, former Vice President Cheney’s daughter Liz tweeted, “Obama is more dedicated to golfing than he is to defending the nation.” Her comments seemed bereft of reality, considering her father’s former boss set new highs for being away from the Oval Office. According to PolitFact, during the same time in his presidency, George W. Bush had been on vacation more than 365 days to Obama’s 92 vacation days. But being conservative lately seems to give her the ability to mix fact with fiction with impunity.
While Mr. Obama improves his golf game on vacation, chances are high ISIS and ISIL will feel every swing as airstrikes remove another masked jihadist as Mr. Obama said, who "speaks for no religion.
Barack Obama is certainly not the first president who can chew and walk at the same time. But, he may be the most recent since Bill Clinton.