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White House: Obama golfs for 'clearing of the mind'

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The White House on Friday defended President Obama for spending so much time on the golf course amid growing crises abroad and domestically.

“Sports and leisure activities are a good way for release and clearing of the mind for a lot of us,” White House deputy press secretary Eric Schultz told reporters in Martha’s Vineyard.

"Just because the president is in a different location doesn't mean he is not doing his job,” Obama’s spokesman added as the president wraps up a two-week vacation in Massachusetts.

Obama was widely criticized for choosing to golf directly after giving a speech in which he condemned the beheading of journalist James Foley.

The White House counters that the president is never truly on vacation and that he is committed to halting the spread of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS.

“Anyone wondering his views on both the situation with [ISIS], that video or his concern for the Foley family should go back and review that statement,” Schultz said, referring reporters to the speech given by the president earlier this week.

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