President Obama issued a statement Wednesday “strongly” condemning the terror attack in France, but there was a time when the White House was critical of the satirical magazine Charlie Hedbo.
“I strongly condemn the horrific shooting at the offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris that has reportedly killed 12 people,” the president said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this terrorist attack and the people of France at this difficult time.”
“I strongly condemn the horrific shooting at the offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris” —President Obama pic.twitter.com/qr9zeGU04o
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) January 7, 2015
But the White House had previously criticized the “judgment” of the weekly magazine for publishing cartoons critical of Islam, according to The Daily Caller.
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“We are aware that a French magazine published cartoons featuring a figure resembling the prophet Muhammad, and obviously we have questions about the judgment of publishing something like this,” then-White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said at a news briefing in Sept., 2012. “We know these images will be deeply offensive to many and have the potential be be inflammatory.”
FLASHBACK: White House condemns #CharlieHebdo cartoons (9/9/12) http://t.co/4YbAJRGwXb — Ellen L. Carmichael (@ellencarmichael) January 7, 2015
In 2012, the White House questioned “the judgment behind the decision to publish” #CharlieHebdo‘s Mohammed cartoons http://t.co/NseZKdGZRy — Mathieu von Rohr (@mathieuvonrohr) January 7, 2015
To some social media users, it seems the White House is trying to have it both ways. To many, it’s enough to question why Obama’s allegiance is “always on the wrong side.”
Here are a few responses, as seen on Twitter:
Obama 2012. “I strongly condemn the cartoons at Charlie Hebdo” @UniteBlueKY @1Dimitri http://t.co/xYD3m5iw5g
— David Jack Smith (@davidjacksmith) January 7, 2015
@KatiePavlich @ellencarmichael Let us be clear, the WH criticized Freedom of Expression and Speech to be politically correct? — Bruce Huffman (@Cavalier6) January 7, 2015
We Stand w/ Terrorists: Obama White House Condemned #CharlieHebdo Cartoons http://t.co/KaJpxqMdii #ParisShooting #cnn #nyc
— Truth Tweeter (@redostoneage) January 7, 2015
@KatiePavlich @ellencarmichael not difficult to see where Obama’s allegiances lie. — Mark Cole (@MarkColeRyBert) January 7, 2015
@KatiePavlich WH is always on the wrong side. #Fail — Linda Jenkins (@Lindydj) January 7, 2015
Obama behind deaths!His support ofAllah makes me PUKE Flashback: White House condemned #CharlieHebdo cartoons in 2012 http://t.co/rNZY0lWtrm — KittyKittyKimmy (@KittyKittyKimmy) January 7, 2015
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