President Barack Obama said in an interview that aired today that he should have foreseen the criticism that would come from going golfing after making a statement on the beheading of journalist James Foley.
“I should have anticipated the optics,” he told NBC’s “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd in an exclusive interview on Saturday. “That’s part of the job.”
Obama spoke out last month soon after Islamic State militants released a video of Foley being beheaded. The president promised the U.S. would “vigilant” and “relentless” in its response.
He earned criticism for going golfing later that afternoon. Obama was on a trip with his family to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.