Today was Chuck Todd’s first day hosting Meet the Press and he scored a sit down with Obama.

When asked about his decision to play golf right after his statement on James Foley, Obama suggested he didn’t anticipate the optics.

Carrie Dan of NBC News reported:

Not A Natural? Obama Says Political Theater Not His Strength

President Barack Obama, once mocked by his political opponents as “the biggest celebrity in the world,” told NBC’s Chuck Todd that the theater of the presidency is “not something that always comes naturally to me.”

Pressed by Todd about his decision to play golf shortly after a Martha’s Vineyard press conference addressing the beheading of journalist James Foley, Obama said he “should have anticipated the optics” of hitting the links.

“Part of this job is also the theater of it,” he said in the exclusive interview for NBC’s Meet the Press. “Well, it’s not something that always comes naturally to me. But it matters. And I’m mindful of that.”

The president’s words are inspiring mockery on Twitter.

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