President Obama in an interview broadcast Sunday said he “should have anticipated the optics” of golfing after a statement condemning the execution of American journalist James Foley.


“It is always a challenge when you’re supposed to be on vacation,” Obama said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

"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, that you know, I should've anticipated the optics" he added.

"You know, that's part of the job.”

Obama also said “theater” is part of the presidency.

"It's not something that always comes naturally to me. But it matters. And I'm mindful of that," Obama said.

The president said he plans to address the nation on the threat posed the by Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) on Wednesday, vowing to "hunt down" the terrorists who beheaded Foley.

“What I'm going to be asking the American people to understand is, No. 1, this is a serious threat,” Obama said about the Wednesday speech. “No. 2, we have the capacity to deal with it.”