Obama is a constitutional lawyer and a seasoned politician -- he knows the importance of symbolism -- yet he did not drop his strict observance of archaic, obscure military legal strictures in the pursuit of Free Speechers, who MUST be punished, to attend the demonstration in Paris. But he now admits that he slipped up, after much browbeating from the nation's media ...
White House says 'absence' at Paris rally a mistake
BBC -- The US government has said that it should have sent "someone with a higher profile" to Sunday's Paris unity rally. It comes after US media criticised President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry for not attending the demonstration.
The rally, which followed three terror attacks in Paris, was attended by an estimated 1.6 million people and some 40 world leaders. The US ambassador to France was the highest ranking US official attending.
Speaking on Monday, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said President Obama wished he could have attended, but the "onerous and significant" security preparations for a presidential visit required more than the 36-hour advance notice the White House received.
He added, however: "It's fair to say that we should have sent someone with a higher profile." ...
US Attorney General Eric Holder, in Paris for an anti-terror summit, did not attend the march because he was giving media interviews. ...
We are truly fortunate to live in a land where freedom of speech (unless it involves federal crimes, of course) thrives. God bless.
-- Alex Constantine