Obama hits links for eighth time

President Obama was slammed by some critics on Wednesday for hitting the golf course a short time after making a solemn statement on the execution of an American journalist. 

But if Obama is concerned about the optics of his golf outings, he sure didn't seem to show it when he hit the links once again on Thursday. 

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The president — on a nearly two-week vacation on Martha's Vineyard, Mass. — took in some time on the course Thursday afternoon with former basketball player Alonzo Mourning, longtime friend Cy Walker and attorney Preston Heard. 

It is the 8th round of golf for Obama during his summer vacation.

Critics including Karl Rove, the former Bush adviser, blamed Obama for being unconcerned with the optics of his golf outing after denouncing the execution of James Foley, the American journalist.