Politics
U.S. President Barack Obama rides a golf cart at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington, March 22, 2014. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR3I5TZ U.S. President Barack Obama rides a golf cart at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington, March 22, 2014. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR3I5TZ  

‘The Naked Gun’ Presidency (Except It’s Not Funny)

Photo of Matt K. Lewis
Matt K. Lewis
Senior Contributor
  • See All Articles
  • Send Email
  • Subscribe to RSS
  • Follow on Twitter
  • Bio

      Matt K. Lewis

      Matt K. Lewis is a senior contributor to The Daily Caller, and a contributing editor for The Week. He is a respected commentator on politics and cultural issues, and has been cited by major publications such as The Washington Post and The New York Times. Matt is from Myersville, MD and currently resides in Alexandria, VA. Follow Matt K. Lewis on Twitter <a>@mattklewis</a>.

Almost immediately after issuing a statement on the beheading of journalist James Foley, President Obama hit the links.

Yesterday, on Fox News’ Media Buzz, Howard Kurtz asked me about it. After prefacing my remarks with perfunctory caveats about how every president deserves a vacation, and then noting the horrible optics, I continued: “And it does seem sort of inconsistent–”

… I wasn’t able to complete that thought (one of the perils of TV punditry), but my point would have been this: Obama’s behavior (playing golf) felt at odds with the comments he had just made about being “heartbroken.”

His comments (specifically, that “we will be vigilant and we will be relentless” in pursuit of justice) juxtaposed with images of him playing golf, felt dissonant.

In fact, it reminded me of a line from the classic comedy The Naked Gun

If you’ve seen the film, you’ll recall the scene: After visiting the bedside of unconscious Detective Nordberg (played by O.J. Simpson — another golf enthusiast), Lt. Frank Drebin (Leslie Nielsen) makes this pledge to Nordberg’s inconsolable wife: “Wilma, I promise you; whatever scum did this, not one man on this force will rest one minute until he’s behind bars.”

He then turns to the police captain, and says: “Now, let’s grab a bite to eat.”

He might as well have said: “Now, watch this drive!”