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Obama: ‘Should Have Anticipated the Optics’ of Golfing after Foley Statement

President Barack Obama told Meet the Press host Chuck Todd Sunday morning that he should have anticipated the negative press from his rounds of golf, especially following his statement on the death of freelance American journalist James Foley.

“You know, it is always a challenge when you’re supposed to be on vacation, because you’re followed everywhere,” Obama said. “The possibility of a jarring contrast with the world’s news — there’s always going to be some tough news somewhere — is gonna be there.”

“But there’s no doubt that after having talked to the families, where it was hard for me to hold back tears listening to the pain that they were going through, after the statement that I made, I should have anticipated the optics. That’s part of the job.”

“I think everybody who knows me, including the press, understands that you take this stuff in,” Obama continued. “But part of this job is also the theater. It’s not something that always comes naturally to me. But it matters, and I’m mindful of that.”

Obama added that, “Part of what I want is a vacation from the press.”

“I promise you, in two and a half years, I think that happens,” Todd replied.

Watch the clip below, via NBC News:

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