Once again, Obama and his administration screw up on the world stage.
Once again, Obama is "leading from behind."
U.S. High-Level Absence From Paris March Controversial — Except at AP http://t.co/dPT2IW3O2g— NewsBusters (@newsbusters) January 12, 2015
The absence of President Barack Obama or any top members of his administration from a huge march in Paris on Sunday to honor victims of Islamist militant attacks raised eyebrows among some in the U.S. media.It wasn't just U.S. media outlets pointing out Obama's snub.
French President Francois Hollande and some 44 foreign dignitaries, including leaders from Germany, Italy, Britain, Turkey, Israel and the Palestinian territories, headed more than a million people in what commentators said was the largest crowd in Paris since its liberation from Nazi Germany in 1944.
...The United States was represented at Sunday's march by its ambassador to France, Jane Hartley. But commentators on some U.S. media outlets questioned why Obama did not attend or send a top administration official such as Vice President Joe Biden or Secretary of State John Kerry.
...The White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
From the U.K. Daily Mail:
America snubs historic Paris rally: Holder was there but skipped out early, Kerry was in India, Obama and Biden just stayed homeAt the very least, Joe Biden should have been there to join with the WORLD and participate in this historic march.
President Barack Obama and other top members of his administration have snubbed a historic rally in Paris today that brought together more than 40 world leaders from Europe, Africa, the Middle East and even Russia.
'France is our oldest ally,' Obama said during a speech Friday in Tennessee. 'I want the people of France to know that the United States stands with you today, stands with you tomorrow.'
But he wasn't standing in Paris as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas put aside their differences and linked arms.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergei Lavrov made the same unifying gesture in the march down the Place de la Concorde in defiance of the Islamist terror attacks that rocked the city last week.
According to an administration official, President Obama spent part of his Sunday afternoon watching a National Football League game on television. Both games were broadcast hours after the march.
Maybe today Michelle will post something on Twitter, to convey how seriously the Obama administration takes the Islamist terror attacks in Paris.
Something like this:
Read Sarah Palin's comments on Obama's slight.