Did he think people wouldn’t notice?
“@NYDailyNews: An early look at tomorrow’s front page. Read more: http://t.co/e0Pq8dI36H pic.twitter.com/yaTSMfB0IN” A disgrace. @WhiteHouse — Aric Bayer (@AricBayer) January 12, 2015
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:
@NYDailyNews Maybe he sent an iPod of his speeches instead? — Leslie Feffer (@LeslieFeffer) January 12, 2015
@LeslieFeffer @NYDailyNews Pretty sure the foreign affairs spokesperson chick posted a pic of a sign with a # in support. So there’s that. — DepthTested (@FosterRight) January 12, 2015
@Headlines4You @NYDailyNews @Doc_JJK Nothing is more embarrassing that Obama’s “leadership”! — iM (@TheChambers1854) January 12, 2015
SLAP “@NYDailyNews: An early look at tomorrow’s front page. Read more: http://t.co/C7xKJgLU76 pic.twitter.com/d1TF4H7G1U” — Charles Sykes (@SykesCharlie) January 12, 2015
@CaroleGilman @ItsSpencerBrown @raju @NYDailyNews some guys go to parades. Some guys get bin Laden. We know which are which. — David Avallone (@DAvallone) January 12, 2015
@NYDailyNews yeah… the administration who found & killed the world’s biggest terrorist let the world down. Stop it. — Kelsey Durham (@KelseyDurham26) January 12, 2015
@DAvallone @CaroleGilman @raju @NYDailyNews Exactly. Obama parades around Hawaii and Martha’s Vineyard, Seal Team 6 killed bin Laden. — Spencer Brown (@ItsSpencerBrown) January 12, 2015
@WayneASchneider @NYDailyNews French Pres Chirac was the first leader from another nation to visit WH after 9/11. Obama is a turd. — Mama P. (@anniebeans59) January 12, 2015
@WayneASchneider@NYDailyNews you’re an idiot. how is this just an excuse to “bash Obama”? He’s a coward. That’s OK. Own it. — Ed (@edkrayewski) January 12, 2015
Hey, at least he wasn’t golfing, right?
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