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2100, 11 Jan 15

USA Shuns Paris Rally

Well, that’s embarrassing. We couldn’t manage to send a high-level representative to support one of our oldest and closest allies in their time of tragedy.

Washington (CNN)The heads of Great Britain, Germany and Israel were there.

But President Barack Obama didn’t attend a unity march in Paris on Sunday, days after the deadly attack on the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo. Nor did his secretary of state, John Kerry, who has deep ties to France.

Kerry was in India, attending an entrepreneurship summit with new Prime Minister Narendra Modi — with whom the United States is hoping to develop much closer trade ties.

Instead, the United States was represented by U.S. Ambassador to France Jane Hartley.

Attorney General Eric Holder was also in Paris, attending a security summit on combating terrorism. He recorded interviews that appeared on several U.S. news outlets Sunday, but was not spotted at the unity march.


2100, 11 January 2015


  1. Nashotah Conservative

    I agree Owen. This is really disappointing. There are many things that I wish the President would do (that I realize he won’t do because his vision of the country is different than mine), but this really seems to be a new “low point” for me with this President.

    What a great opportunity to show unity with our closest allies, but instead we don’t show up. Too busy playing golf? No wonder our allies don’t want to work with us in some cases in the tough moments. I wonder if France takes the President’s call the next time he wants to talk about ISIS.

    On a positive note, I’m encouraged that Europe is starting to “band together” to deal with this very real problem of Islamic Terrorism in Europe.

  2. Barry Dickens, '84

    After 9/11 where were the french? Remember freedom fries? I don’t support obama but if france really wanted to do something regarding islamonazis it’s going to take more than hand holding crowds. just sayin’

  3. Owen

    Agreed, but it starts with a willingness to show up.

  4. Kevin Scheunemann

    Liking the French that stand up to Islamic terrorists killers is perfectly fine.

    Liking the French that cow and appease Islamic terrorist killers, like our president appeases them, is reprehensible.

  5. steveegg

    While I could give Obama (assuming he wasn’t personally invited) a pass because of the security requirements and Kerry a pass given he was halfway around the world from France, this is something that is tailor-made for a Vice Presidential presence, or at least a presence by an Attorney General who just happened to already be in town.

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