Did he think people wouldn’t notice?
The White House had no comment Sunday about why Obama sent a low-ranking official to Paris to join more than 40 heads of state in a historic rally denouncing global terrorism.
Neither President Obama nor Vice President Biden showed up — and in fact, America’s only representative was its relatively unknown and low-profile ambassador to France.
Obama and Biden had empty public schedules Sunday, but the White House declined to comment on why they didn’t go.
Attorney General Eric Holder did go to Paris — but only for an anti-terrorism summit convened by [French President Francois] Hollande ahead of the unity rally. Holder left Hollande and the others sometime after the group exited the Elysee Palace. Around the time other world leaders and dignitaries boarded buses to get to the front of the march, Holder was taping an interview for “Meet the Press,” NBC confirmed.
More than 40 world leaders marched, including, Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, France’s President Francois Hollande and Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel.
The US secretary of state John Kerry said, while in India, he “would have personally very much wanted to have been there but couldn’t do so because I had commitments here and it is important to keep these kinds of commitments.”
“It will have a chilling effect that America did not show up,” filmmaker Leo Herrera told the Post. “This goes into the heart of what free speech is, so we should have a really visible reaction. I don’t think Obama sent any message, and that’s the problem.”
Other reactions on Twitter were mixed:
Hey, at least he wasn’t golfing, right?
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