January 11, 2015

ROGER SIMON: #BarackNEstPasCharlie: Why Didn’t Obama Go to Paris? “None of his high-level associates went either – no vice-president, no secretary of State (although John Kerry did express condolences in his supposedly fluent French. Je me demande….). AG Eric Holder was in Paris and reported to be attending but at the last moment demurred. He was in a ‘meeting — with whom was never specified because most of the world’s leadership was marching in the streets. So why didn’t POTUS show up? A liberal friend emailed me that it was admittedly a ‘political mistake.’ ‘Political,’ yes, but ‘mistake’? I doubt the decision was made innocently or even faintly by mistake. Obama is a man known for his political expediency more than anything, indeed above anything, and also for being a constant campaigner. It was obvious that going to Paris would have been good public relations and that therefore not attending was a deliberate choice.”

UPDATE: The New York Daily News front page.

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ANOTHER UPDATE: Politico: Barack Obama’s French kiss-off: The president’s decision to skip the Paris march raises eyebrows.