Numerous entities have been assailing the President for his lack of leadership and an unwillingness to stand side-by-side with other world leaders, to demonstrate against and denounce the recent terrorist attacks in France, and the ideology behind such attacks in general.
It’s important to note however, that this isn’t just coming from typically conservative-friendly media commentators.
CNN’s Jake Tapper penned an op-ed for his network that hammered the President for being noticeably absent from a march prompted by the murders of those who mocked Islam, by Islamic extremists – something that will spread to the United States if we do not take the threats seriously.
Tapper writes, “As an American: I was ashamed.”
Take a look at this powerful piece (via CNN):
A man and his son came over to me holding a sign saying “I disapprove of what you say but I will defend to the death your right to say it,” beseeching me to share their message with the American people. And world leaders were standing together amidst a procession that included Francois Hollande of France, Angela Merkel of Germany, David Cameron of Great Britain, Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority and Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, along with the leaders of Mali, Jordan and Turkey.
It is no small thing for the king of Jordan, a direct descendent of the Prophet Mohammed, to march in a rally prompted by the murders of people who mocked Islam as well as of innocent Jews — all of whom were killed by Islamic extremists.
The United States, which considers itself to be the most important nation in the world, was not represented in this march — arguably one of the most important public demonstrations in Europe in the last generation — except by U.S. Ambassador Jane Hartley, who may have been a few rows back. I didn’t see her. Even Russia sent Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
I say this as an American — not as a journalist, not as a representative of CNN — but as an American: I was ashamed.
I certainly understand the security concerns when it comes to sending President Barack Obama, though I can’t imagine they’re necessarily any greater than sending the lineup of other world leaders, especially in aggregate.
But I find it hard to believe that collectively President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and Attorney General Eric Holder — who was actually in France that day for a conference on counterterrorism — just had no time in their schedules on Sunday. Holder had time to do the Sunday shows via satellite but not to show the world that he stood with the people of France?
There was higher-level Obama administration representation on this season’s episodes of “The Good Wife” on CBS.
Tapper wasn’t the only journalist to crush Obama for his lack of focus on “one of the most important public demonstrations in Europe in the last generation.”
Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren wrote a “personal note to French Citizens” saying she too was mad at the President, and apologizing for his absence.
She added that President Obama “disappointed many Americans today.”
Do you agree? Are you ashamed of President Obama? Did he disappoint you? Sound off in the comments below.