Democrats and left-leaning media outlets are calling Obama and company to the carpet for snubbing a rally and one-million-person march in Paris led by more than 40 heads of state in response to last week’s reign of terror that left 17 Parisians dead.
The White House admitted fault yesterday in Press Secretary Josh Earnest’s remarks to reporters yesterday. “I think it’s fair to say that we should have sent someone with a higher profile to be there,” Earnest said. He continued, emphasizing U.S. support for France, “There is no doubt that the American people and this administration stand foursquare behind our allies in France as they face down this threat.”
The dignitaries even included Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, geo-political enemies in the Middle East. Yet, conspicuously absent were both President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. U.S. Attorney General, Eric Holder, was the highest ranking official in France at the time, but he too declined to attend the rally, reports NY Daily News.
Congressman Peter King (R-NY) fired, “If the highest-ranking official is an ambassador, I would say that’s a serious mistake. We are looking for cooperation from around the world … we should have had someone there who is instantly recognizable (so people) see …and say, ‘That’s the United States of America.’”
The criticism follows upheaval last week from multiple media outlets lambasting President Obama for his failure to refer to the attack on a French newspaper as ‘Islamic terror.’