I have a certain amount of sympathy with the president for the amount of flak he’s getting over his vacations and golf-playing. He’s not the fist president to be the subject of criticism for the amount of golf he’s playing. Ike received almost identical complaints. And the president’s vacation time isn’t out of step with the amount of vacation time logged by recent presidents. George W. Bush actually had taken more vacation by this point in his presidency and received criticism for it.
However, I think that even the president’s most ardent supporters need to acknowledge that the president’s statement on the murder of journalist James Foley by ISIL/ISIS terrorists to the effect of “we deeply symmpathize with the members of the Foley family over this heinous…etc.—now where’s that 5-iron?” was tone-deaf. There were probably better alternatives.
My own preference would be refusing to grant access to reporters until after he’d completed his golf game but, then, he’d’ve been criticized for that, too. You just can’t win when you’re president which explains why I’ve never in my wildest most callow imagination dreamed of such a thing. President Obama must certainly be wondering why he pursued the job with such vigor right about now.