Though President Obama declared in a speech Friday that he wanted the people of France “to know that the United States stands with you today, stands with you tomorrow,” he and the major players from his administration failed to attend the historic rally against terror Sunday in Paris.
So where was the president while over 40 of the world’s most important leaders linked arms in solidarity with France? Apparently getting ready for the big NFL playoff games. The Daily Mail reports:
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.
While both Obama and Biden stayed on the sidelines in the states, over 40 world leaders converged on Paris, among them several who stand in political and ideological opposition tone another, including Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergei Lavrov.
Meanwhile, Attorney General Eric Holder—who likewise skipped the Paris march—refused to give a straight answer to George Stephanopoulos on This Week on ABC Sunday about whether America is "at war with radical Islam." The U.S., Holder explained, is only at war with "those who would commit terrorist attacks and who would corrupt the Islamic faith." As to the Obama administration's plans to continue the war on terror, Holder noted the president had called a summit to "somehow come up with a counter narrative that too many people, especially young men, find attractive."