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Obama didn't care enough to show up at Paris rally. I guess he had more important stuff to do

Discussion in 'BBS Hangout: Debate & Discussion' started by bigtexxx, Jan 12, 2015.

  1. bigtexxx

    bigtexxx Contributing Member

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    Lead headline for CNN.com: WHERE WAS OBAMA? Fareed Zakaria said the White House's excuse on absence is "pathetic". Need to learn how to lead, Obama.

    http://www.cnn.com/2015/01/12/politics/obama-kerry-paris/index.html

    Zakaria: White House excuse on absence is 'pathetic'

    Washington (CNN)U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry defended the Obama administration against criticism for not having a high level official attend a unity march in Paris and said he will head to France on Thursday.

    Kerry called the criticism "quibbling" when asked about the absence at the anti-terrorism rally Sunday. At least 3.7 million people attended the event -- including 40 world leaders -- in a show of solidarity against the terror attacks in France over the past week.

    "The U.S. has been deeply engaged with the people of France since this incident occurred," Kerry told reporters, adding that the United States has offered intelligence and law enforcement help.

    "This is sort of quibbling a little bit in the sense that our assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland was there and marched, our ambassador was there and marched, many people from the embassy were there and marched."

    Kerry made his comments from India, where he was attending an entrepreneurship summit with new Prime Minister Narendra Modi -- with whom the United States is hoping to develop much closer trade ties.

    "I've been here in India for a prior planned event, would've personally very much wanted to have been there (in France) but couldn't do so because of the commitment that I had here," Kerry said. "But that is why I am going there on the way home, to make it crystal clear how passionately we feel about the events that have taken place there."

    Kerry unhurt after car accident in India

    Kerry expects to leave on Thursday and arrive in France on Friday.

    French President Fran├žois Hollande's office also defended Obama. A senior official told CNN's Christiane Amanpour that the U.S. president has been "very present" since the attacks, noting that he was one of the first leaders to call Hollande last Wednesday.

    The official also pointed to Obama's visit to the French Embassy in Washington last week. "For us It was an emotional moment of solidarity," the official said.

    Attorney General Eric Holder was in Paris attending a security summit on combating terrorism. He recorded interviews that appeared on several U.S. news outlets Sunday, but was not spotted at the unity march.

    On Sunday night, a White House official who asked not to be named added: "It is worth noting that the security requirements for both the President and (Vice President) can be distracting from events like this - for once this event is not about us!" The official did not address how other prominent world leaders were able to work around the security requirements.

    Who did go
    British Prime Minister David Cameron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov were among those who attended, along with religious leaders.

    Fareed Zakaria, host of CNN's "Global Public Square," called the absence of top U.S. officials a mistake.

    France is the United States' "deepest ideological ally," he said, and it would have been a meaningful image to have a senior administration member, or the President, standing shoulder to shoulder with other leaders.

    Zakaria noted that security concerns didn't dissuade Netanyahu or Abbas or other leaders from showing up. But Obama's absence did show that the struggle against radical Islam is "not all about America," Zakaria said.

    "Many people have tended to think that Islamic terrorism wouldn't exist without America," Zakaria said. "This is really a struggle between the civilized world and a band of extremists. Even if you take the U.S. out of it ... the civilized world is up in arms."

    And Jake Tapper, host of CNN's "The Lead," said American leaders were conspicuously absent from historic Paris rally, perhaps the most important public demonstrations in Europe in the last generation.

    Tapper not only called out the President and his administration, but also prospective 2016 hopefuls from both parties, for missing the opportunity to share in the global moment.

    What Obama said
    Obama spoke about the Paris attacks on Friday, saying he wants the people of France to know the United States "stands with you today, stands with you tomorrow."

    The White House also announced Sunday that it will host a February 18 summit aimed at countering violent extremism.

    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said that event will "highlight domestic and international efforts to prevent violent extremists and their supporters from radicalizing, recruiting or inspiring individuals or groups in the United States and abroad to commit acts of violence, efforts made even more imperative in light of recent, tragic attacks in Ottawa, Sydney and Paris."

    He said the summit will include presentations, panel discussions and small group meetings, focused on the local, state and federal government levels.

    Asked about the rally, U.S. Sen Marco Rubio, R-Florida, said Monday that "it was a mistake not to send someone."

    The senator, who's mulling a presidential bid, said on CBS' "This Morning" that he understands that the president's security detail can be problem in mass gatherings like the rally, but suggested Holder or Kerry should have gone in his place.

    "I think in hindsight, I would hope, that they would do it differently," Rubio said.

    CNN's Ashley Killough, Jim Sciutto, Erin McPike and Ashley Fantz contributed to this report
     
  2. edwardc

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    Please explain why he would need to be there for something he's been trying to get those people to come together for years now that there has been a attack there they see the light.
     
  3. DonnyMost

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    quibbling. lol.
     
  4. CometsWin

    CometsWin Breaker Breaker One Nine

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    The Grand Wizard has spoken...begin the clown show.
     
  6. Air Langhi

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    If obama went, BigTexxx would start a thread "Why is Obama in a foreign country?"
     
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    The rally was for France and French leadership has repeatedly stated that Obama has been actively present in the aftermath of the attacks.
     
  8. HR Dept

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    Why wasn't Obama at the Cowboys game on yesterday? Chris Christie was at the game the week before and he isn't even the President. (yet)

    WHERE WAS OBAMA?
     
  9. bigtexxx

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    President Obama has obviously seen Homeland. All the world's leaders should never be at the same place at the same time.
     
  11. Remii

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    Or be dumb enough to show up somewhere a bomb might go off...
     
  12. Eric Riley

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    Lol, when I saw the article last night, I knew it would be a thread soon here in the D&D and I knew exactly who would start it.

    Let's ignore any logistical or security issues of getting Obama there. In fact, great job on OP's part to jump to assumptions and declare that Obama just doesn't "care enough" to show up. Yep, that's it. Why hasn't he been impeached already for not caring?
     
  13. bigtexxx

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    fixed it for ya

    FYI the other world leaders didn't have a problem...
     
  14. edwardc

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    Hummm funny i don't see the russian or china heads of state either guess they let the world down too.
     
  15. edwardc

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    wow thought terrorism was a global issue .
     
  16. justtxyank

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    LOL

    I'm not dumping on the administration for not being there, but using Russia and China not being there to defend the US not being there is HI-LARIOUS!
     
  17. pahiyas

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    I'm more perplexed that no 3M showed up at Sandy Hook memorial.
    Did the French president showed up? Yeah, that too.

    psychotic French citizens murdered French citizens.
    psychotic US citizen murdered US citizens.
     
  18. tinman

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    He could have sent Biden.
     
  19. edwardc

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    True but they weren't there either this hole thing is laughable America has been in this fight for years showing up there wouldn't have made a difference.
     
  20. Nook

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    Why the hell would Eric Holder be there?
     

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