Sunday, January 11, 2015

Missing In Action

1.5 Million, including World Leaders, march in solidarity against Radical Islamist Terrorist and neither Obama or Holder, (who was in the vicinity), were not in attendance.  

More to come........... 

Update:  French Interior Ministry says 3.7 M people rallied across France in march against terrorism & to remember #CharlieHebdo, supermarket victims

Update #2: 

By Josh Rogin

The lack of senior U.S. government officials at free speech, anti-terrorism rallies in Paris and Washington Sunday left many wondering why President Barack Obama's administration would miss an opportunity to outwardly display solidarity with France, a country it supports in so many other ways, during its time of crisis. 
CNN’s Jake Tapper noted that there were no senior U.S. officials at the Paris rally, which stood out due to appearances by dozens of world leaders including Germany’s Angela Merkel, Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu, the Palestinian Authority’s Mahmoud Abbas and Jordan’s King Abdullah. U.S. Ambassador Jane Hartley led the U.S. delegation. 
"I don't mean this as a criticism of the Obama administration, but as an American, I do wish that we were better represented in this beautiful procession of world leaders," Tapper said.
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What is more than obvious is that most of the world was watching something other than football on this Sunday.  World leaders, (some who had put their differences aside), met in one of the most memorable gatherings of our time to Unite in one voice, in defiance of Islamic Terrorism and the fanatics who murder innocents in the name of their "God", Allah.  The New York Daily News had this scathing report on Monday.

The citizens of the United States of America should have been a huge part of this defiance, yet their leadership was unprepared, AWOL, or just didn't care.  What a shame.

Final Update:  My take on this issue:

The simple truth of the matter is, our current resident in the White House screwed the pooch big time on this one.  And yes, the optics do matter.  The entire world was watching three million people---and dozens of world leaders---come together in one voice to admonish a group of people, (specifically, the radical Islamist Terrorist) for their actions.  Make no mistake, “freedom of speech” and the human right to speak out, (and even make fun of others without the threat of death), were on display yesterday.

That our dear liberal friends are here in massive defense of our President’s mistake should be no surprise.  They too realize an opportunity to participate in this show of unity was an error on the part of the White House, Ms. Jarrett, and the leadership of this country.  Few envisioned the massive gathering of millions who have left a lasting impression of how a world unites against those who will murder in the name of their “God”, Allah, and their Prophet, Mohammed.

That the United States of America was not represented in this affair, to be included as one voice, with a single message, is an embarrassment to most of the citizens of this great nation.  Sadly, our President missed the boat---an opportunity to include the U.S. as a supporter in this righteous endeavor.  We can all hope that in the future, this nation would be far better represented, despite the excuses from our friends on the left.

(cross-posted at Hot Air and Politico)

And, from a commenter at Newsbusters:

“Obama's first act as POTUS in 2009 was to walk into the Oval Office and tell an aide to take that bust of Winston Churchill and get it out of here. It was sent back to the British embassy from whom it was on loan. Obama's "screw you" to the British and now the French is about his perception of colonialism. He thinks the French cartoonists got exactly what they deserved. The decision to send no official from Washington was not an accident. It was thought through is Obama's way of saying to Europe you're on your own with the post-colonial problem you created.”

(the key phrase here is my bold)

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