White House Defends Obama Golfing: Sports Help Clear The Mind

White House reporters questioned Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz about President Obama’s decision to go golfing just minutes after he delivered a speech reacting to the news of Islamic State Terrorists beheading of American journalist James Foley.

“I am not going to get in the president’s mindset on that,” Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz said in a press conference on Friday. “I will say that generally I think that sports and leisure activities are a good way for release and clearing of the mind for a lot of us.”

Schultz said that anyone who was questioning Obama’s mindset during the day should watch his speech again, calling it “candid,” “from the heart,” “honest,” and “open.”

Jon Karl questioned the optics of the golf outing especially right after his speech, and as the Foley family was grieving.

Schultz argued that Obama was “deeply engaged” with all of the issues facing the country and the world.

“First and foremost the president is focused on doing his job and to us that’s paramount,” Schultz responded. “Just because the president is in a different location, doesn’t mean he’s not doing his job.”


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