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January 13, 2015 12:10 pm

White House Admits it Should Have Sent Higher-Ranking Official to Anti-Terror Rally

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Monday's cover of the New York Daily News (pictured) criticized the White House for not sending US President Barack Obama, or other senior American officials, to the unity rally against terrorism in Paris on Sunday. Photo: New York Daily News.

JNS.org – The White House on Monday admitted that it made a mistake by not sending a higher-ranking official to Paris for Sunday’s unity rally against terrorism.

More than 40 heads of state attended the rally and marched together through the streets of Paris in solidarity with France after last week’s three Islamist terrorist attacks, which killed a combined 17 people. America was represented by US Ambassador to France Jane Hartley, rather than President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, or Secretary of State John Kerry.

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“It is fair to say we should have sent someone with a higher profile,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters Monday.

Earnest said the White House did not have enough time to address the “significant security challenges” that would have accompanied Obama’s participation in the march.

In a statement, the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) called it “a disgrace” that the US was “essentially absent” from “the most important international protest in history against the frightening and expanding scourge of Islamic terrorism.” ZOA also noted Obama’s record of refusing to use the term “Islamic terrorism” in favor of more general terms such as “violent extremism.”

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  • charlie johnson

    We need real leaders as we are at war. To select a leader in a war it helps to be a palm reader. So ,A bit of palm reading is in order while we decide our next commander in chief . Or as standard operating procedure ,Let a news clerk.( All knowing news clerk) decide the matter for you. If I was a slave I would. But I am not. >> You can tell a lot about a MAN by reading his palms . I doubt that but few looked at Bin Laden’s palms in the pictures but stories were told that Bin was most dangerous humanoid that ever walked upon planet Earth. We have now the worlds most knowledgable military leader of our times who commands the greatest armed force in history. Most couch potatoes accept what they are told because this information came from the heavens then into a box in front of their couch. Now you think about a man who is capable of the duties that war calls for.First he should be very capable of putting an enemy out of commission with his own hands.THEN he can lead those who are also capable. Now read palms >> http://cdn.timesofisrael.com/uploads/2013/03/US-Obama-Mideast-Isra_Horo-3-e1363898256893.jpg

  • If the President, V P and Secretary of State were unavailable, Mrs Obama is also a high profile figure, as is Mrs Clinton. I understand the US Attorney General was in Paris, but was not asked to attend. Regarding security, if they could protect Bibi and other top Israeli leaders, they could have covered Obama as well. Did President Obama think he might take attention away from President Hollande?

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