Composite of Associated Press photograph and Charlie Hebdo caricatures by surviving cartoonist Catherine Meurisse known as “Riss” and the assassinated Stephane Charbonniere
BBC News reported that 3.7 million people came out of their homes to attend a unity rally in defiance of the filthy heresy of Islam and the misguided animals who slaughter innocents in its name.
I was sleeping in Sunday morning when a friend called saying she had a renewed sense of hope. “What?” I asked. “Are you not watching the Unity Rally in Paris?” she asked. “It’s wonderful. There are millions of people lining the streets of Paris right now. You’ve got to see this.”
I turned on the TV to see more than 40 world leaders linking arms in an act of solidarity with the families of the victims of the Charlie Hebdo and Kosher deli attacks and the people of France to denounce the terrorist attacks. The sea of humanity flowed through the streets of the City of Lights chanting “Liberte” and “Charlie” waving the flag of France and singing their national anthem. French President Francois Hollande said, “Paris is the capital of the world today.” It was one of the most moving and powerful events we've seen in the public arena in a long time.
One thing I noticed was the conspicuous absence of one world leader—The World’s Most Dangerous Community Organizer.
“America snubs historic Paris rally: Holder was there but skipped out early, Kerry was in India, Obama and Biden just stayed home”
That’s the headline from the UK’s Daily Mail.
“President Barack Obama and other top members of his administration have snubbed a historic rally in Paris today.”
No cabinet secretaries or other senior officials attended, leaving only US Ambassador to France Jane Hartley as the top U.S. official there.
The article continued, “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.”
Frequent water carrier for the Administration, Rick Ungar wrote, “While I have often taken issue with the enemies of Obama who unreasonably and, in my judgment, unfairly criticize and condemn his every move, the President’s decision to pass on the Paris Unity March puts significant tarnish on his Nobel Peace Prize, the awarding of which is now increasingly looking as satirical as the work done by the fallen cartoonists and writers at Charley (sic) Hebdo.”
“So difficult is it to understand what led to the President’s decision not to participate in Paris, the only rational cause I can conjure up would be a concern for Obama’s safety.”
Bless his heart. No, security for the president was not an issue. About 2,000 police officers and 1,350 soldiers—including elite marksmen on rooftops—were deployed in the capital to protect participants. If Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu felt safe enough to attend the rally, it was certainly safe enough for The World’s Most Dangerous Community Organizer.
The United States will always be remembered as the country whose leader thought a football game was more important than standing with the world in defiance of terrorism on that historic day. No excuse the White House can conjure up in the coming days will erase the devastating snub.
I figured President Obama must have been awfully busy not to go to Paris today. So I checked out his schedule at http://t.co/XHSrUv1EXA.
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) January 11, 2015
#ReasonsObamaMissedFranceRally He sent a hashtag in his place.
— Mathieas (@Mathieas) January 11, 2015
@greggutfeld Why go to Paris? All this uproar over simple workplace violence?!
— Dion Prisby (@ThatPrisby) January 11, 2015