Following one of the worst terror attacks in French history last week, Paris held a unity rally on Sunday, which was the largest demonstration in the French capital perhaps ever (it’s unclear if the numbers top that of liberation). Over three and a half million people from across the world poured into the streets, including 40 world leaders marching arm in arm against terror. It remains to be seen if this, and many other steps the French have taken will do anything to curb radical Islamist terror, but the rally was a potential first step in a turning point in Europe. It was planned with enough notice for world leaders to clear their schedules and attend, and attend they did. All except President Obama, that is. The White House didn’t send the President, the Vice President, or any of his cabinet officials to march in the rally. Attorney General Eric Holder was even in town for another event, but inexplicably left early. This was the question on everyone’s mind at the rally:
Being the President of the United States is a full-time job, weekends included. What was on Obama’s schedule after his long two-week holiday in Hawaii? Nothing. This is what President Obama’s public schedule looked like the day of the rally:
And, for good measure, the day before:
And the day after:
President Obama might have a good reason for not attending the rally in Paris, but his public schedule certainly does not indicate what that reason is. Many have made note of the security measures that would have had to take place for President Obama to attend the public rally safely. That is a concern, but does not explain why another cabinet official did not attend instead. National Review’s Jim Geraghty isn’t buying it. He tweeted this morning:
Yeah, I’m sure the security requirements for Netanyahu walking around on a Paris street are a piece of cake.
— jimgeraghty (@jimgeraghty) January 12, 2015
Even the normally liberal New York Daily News had harsh words for the President this morning:
Comment below! Do you think Obama should have attended? Why do you think he didn’t?