Over the years, I have seen fit to criticize New York Daily News columnist Mike Lupica on numerous occasions be it his criticisms of the Tea Party, opposition to Obamacare, Sarah Palin, and a backhanded compliment to former President George H.W. Bush.
But today I am in 100% agreement with him. Lupica is plain teed off at President Obama for playing golf after making his statement about the beheading of James Foley by ISIS. It’s not as devastating as Matthew Continetti’s takedown at the Washington Free Beacon, but coming from a liberal like Lupica it will leave a mark:
There are so many reasons, too many, why the American people now think Barack Obama is about as good at being President as he is at hitting a golf ball. His reaction to the execution of journalist James Foley in front of the world is just the latest. When the going gets tough, the tough really do go golfing.
So now Foley is dead and ISIS is threatening to kill more of ours and this isn’t George W. Bush’s problem, or his fault. It is the problem — and more than somewhat the fault — of this administration. President Obama has to wear this one, and in this case that does not mean the golf clothes he wears on Martha’s Vineyard.
But here’s the toughest line in the whole piece:
Of course nothing he was going to do on Wednesday was going to bring back Foley, or stop ISIS dead in its tracks. But he should have waited at least one day before hitting the links with his buddies. The rollout of Obamacare was smarter than this.
I am sure Lupica will write something annoying in the future with which I’ll take issue. But this time he shot a hole in one.