Obama regrets golfing after Foley death - but not for the reason you would expect

Last month, President Obama faced criticism from Democrats and Republicans alike for hitting the links in Martha’s Vineyard just moments after holding a press conference to confirm the beheading of American journalist James Foley at the hands of the Islamic State. During an interview on Sunday’s Meet the Press, Chuck Todd asked the President if he regretted the schedule of events. His answer suggests he did – just not for the reason you would expect.

“The President said he was worried about optics,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “The President said this weekend that he should have noticed the optics – that maybe it wasn't a good idea to go golfing right after, you know, somebody was beheaded. But, you know, that's just the way the press is. Excuse me?”

After being asked if he should have rescheduled his golf game on August 20, Obama had this to say:

“It is always a challenge when you’re supposed to be on vacation because you’re followed everywhere, and part of what I’d love [would be] a vacation from the press,” he said before adding he “should have anticipated the optics.”

“Part of this job is the theatre of it,” Obama said. “It’s not something that always comes naturally to me, but it matters.”

Instead of fretting the ‘optics’ of his schedule, Glenn wished the President had “genuine feelings about how wrong this was” and “how horrible this was.”

TheBlaze’s Dana Loesch – whose new daily show on TheBlaze TV begins tonight – joined Glenn on radio and offered her own thoughts on the matter.

“We knew one ISIS member worked at an airport in Minneapolis. He knew another American was being threatened with beheading. And he's concerned about the optics,” Dana said disgusted. “He’s not concerned about the second American. [He’s] not concerned about the threat it poses at home.”

“Then he [adds] ‘because I'm not good at political theater.’ That's how he got elected – because of political theater,” she exclaimed. “His whole campaign was a bluff!”

Watch Obama’s complete answer below:

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On Thursday's radio program, Grace Smith and her father, Andy, joined Glenn Beck on the phone and provided a first-hand account of Grace's refusal to wear a mask at school.

Smith, 16, began a maskless protest after her school district in Laramie, Wyoming, decided to implement a mask mandate. As a result, Grace received three suspensions, was issued two $500-citations, and was eventually arrested.

"How long were you in jail?" Glenn asked.

Grace said was taken to jail but was never booked nor was she was placed in a jail cell.

Glenn commended Grace's father, Andy, for raising such a "great citizen" and asked if it was Grace's idea to protest. Andy said it was Grace's idea, explaining that they took the position of arguing on the grounds of civil rights rather than the efficacy of wearing a mask.

Grace has since withdrawn from public school and started a home school program. She also told Glenn that she will continue to fight the school district, legally.

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