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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Obama AWOL as World Leaders in Paris Lead Largest Demonstration in Nation's History Against Terrorism

Even the Palestinians marched with the Israeli Prime Minister but no top U.S. official!

United: European Commission President President Jean-Claude Juncker, Mr Netanyahu, former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, Mr Keita, Mrs Merkel, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi as they attend the march

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The only representative from the United States was our Ambassador to France. Attorney General Eric Holder, who at least is a high ranking Cabinet official was in the country on other business but did not attend.

Over three million people took to the streets on Sunday to support democracy and freedom:


As it seems world leaders are moving without him Obama is scrambling to stay relevant. The White House suddenly announced a "Summit on Countering Violent Extremism." The center left news site Politico seems to suggest that the summit is little more than a P.R. stunt. Another Politico article reveals that the White House has no strategy to deal with domestic Islamic terrorism. No surprise there.

The world is moving to confront Islamic terrorists while the U.S. becomes sidelined by Obama's failure to lead. That can only spell trouble!

UPDATE: Cover from Monday edition of the New York Daily News. Accompanying story is highly critical of lack of top U.S. presence.

"You let the world down." Not for the first time!

UPDATE: Media reaction sharply critical of Obama refusal to attend

Opinion makers are scratching their heads trying to figure out why the Obama Administration had no high level representatives at the march with world leaders on Sunday. I'm not surprised. Do you recall how Obama had to be dragged kicking and screaming to denounce the Iranian government as they slaughtered their citizens in the streets? Or, how the Obama Adminstration sent three official representatives to the funeral of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri yet sent NONE to the funeral of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher?

Readers may also recall that Obama flew to Copenhagen, Denmark at the drop of a hat to lobby the International Olympic Committee to accept a bid by the City of Chicago to host the 2016 Olympic games. It didn't work! And recall that Obama had no problem going to Nelson Mandela's funeral.

Yes, the man who won the Nobel Peace Prize did not go to Paris and stand with 44 other world leaders. He didn't bother to send ANYONE of any stature. Even the Attorney General, who was IN Paris did not attend.

Here's additional reaction:
  • Jake Tapper CNN: I'm ashamed by U.S. leaders' absence in Paris.
  • Lupica NY Daily News: America betrays its values by not sending top U.S. officials to Paris unity rally.
  • Edward-Isaac Dovere Politico: Barack Obama’s French kiss-off
  • Secretary of State John Kerry thought it was more important to be in India where he suggested that global warming was the real problem the world needs to address.
POLITICO: “It’s stunning, truly stunning,” said Aaron David Miller, who among other responsibilities during his time at the State Department under both Republican and Democratic administrations, helped deliberate over which officials to send to which events. “It’s a poster child for tone deafness.”
Ah, but at least the Obama Administration sent out a Tweet:
Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken tweeted — in French.
“En solidarité avec #ParisMarch, la France, les Français et tous ceux qui dénoncent la haine,” he wrote Sunday morning. “In solidarity with #ParisMarch, France, the French and all those who denounce hate.”
Could there be any bigger evidence of the incompetence, indifference and sheer stupidity of the Obama Administration than sending out a Tweet when the rest of the world's leaders put themselves at the front of the march?

This isn't just another example of Obama "leading from behind." It's an example of Obama not leading AT ALL!

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