Optics be damned! Obama has to get his 118th round of golf in.

President Obama today played golf for the second week in a row.

Today’s outing, the 118th of his presidency, included three White House staffers – Marvin Nicholson, Joe Paulsen and Michael Brush

Earlier in the day:

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday railed against the “cowardly” terrorists responsible for the attack that killed five Americans in Afghanistan, including a “selfless, idealistic” young diplomat on a mission to donate books to students.

In the deadliest day in eight months for the United States in the war, militants killed six Americans in separate attacks Saturday, the violence occurring hours after the U.S. military’s top officer arrived in Afghanistan for consultations with Afghan and U.S.-led coalition officials.