UPDATE: Soon after this article was published, the White House announced that Obama would make a statement on the situation in Egypt.
The massive bloodshed in Egypt caused barely a ripple in President Obama’s Martha’s Vineyard vacation Wednesday, as the president took to the fairways, attended a private cocktail party at the home of a major Democratic donor, and went out for an expensive dinner at an upscale restaurant.
The death toll in the latest crackdown by the Egyptian military now stands at more than 500.
As Secretary of State John Kerry was burning up phone lines to his counterparts in Europe and the Middle East and calling the situation in Egypt “a pivotal moment,” Obama was in the midst of more than five hours of golf at the lovely Vineyard Golf Club.
After cocktails at the estate of Brian Roberts, the chairman and CEO of Comcast – which owns the pro-Obama MSNBC – Obama got down to the business of dinner at the State Road Restaurant, where main courses are priced at around $40.
Instead of personally calling for calm, Obama dispatched Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest to decree that the United States “strongly condemns the use of violence against protestors in Egypt” and extends its “condolences to the families of those who have been killed and to the injured.”
Obama, Earnest said, was “briefed” on the violence and “has asked to be regularly updated as events warrant.”