Obama tees off as criticism mounts
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President Obama returned to the golf course on Saturday amid mounting Republican criticism that he is spending too much time hitting the links during several international and domestic crises. 

Obama departed Saturday morning for Farm Neck golf club on Martha’s Vineyard, where he is vacationing with his family. 

He is playing his latest round of golf with a foursome that includes former NBA player Alonzo Mourning, White House Deputy Political Strategy and Outreach Director Joe Paulsen and long-time friend Cy Walker. 

Republicans have accused Obama of being insensitive for golfing during his vacation while tensions mount in Iraq following the beheading of an American journalist and in Ferguson, Mo., after the killing of an unarmed black teenager. 

White House officials have brushed off the criticism, saying that Obama is actively engaged in both situations while he is vacationing.