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    Re: Unprecedented rally is largest in France's history, officials say

    Quote Originally Posted by donsutherland1 View Post
    The U.S. did not organize the kind of rally that was organized in Paris. In any case, President Chirac flew to Washington and met with President Bush on 9/18.

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    And I'm sure at some point Obama will meet with Pres. Hollande.

    But there were rallies all over the country. Bush himself spoke at ground zero. To a crowd.

    Any number of world leaders could've come down to them, but in many cases they did not and that's not a problem to me.
    Obama misses out on a rally not a problem to me. We have pledged our support to France. Just as France provided military support to us. Really there is no real case that we have abandoned each other as allies, it seems more as if the political right in this country is upset that Obama missed a photo op, and if Obama went and did the littlest thing wrong then the American political right would be after him for hogging the show. Can't win for losing
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    Re: Unprecedented rally is largest in France's history, officials say

    Quote Originally Posted by EMNofSeattle View Post
    And I'm sure at some point Obama will meet with Pres. Hollande.

    But there were rallies all over the country. Bush himself spoke at ground zero. To a crowd.

    Any number of world leaders could've come down to them, but in many cases they did not and that's not a problem to me.
    Obama misses out on a rally not a problem to me. We have pledged our support to France. Just as France provided military support to us. Really there is no real case that we have abandoned each other as allies, it seems more as if the political right in this country is upset that Obama missed a photo op, and if Obama went and did the littlest thing wrong then the American political right would be after him for hogging the show. Can't win for losing
    In substance, it matters little. Symbolically, it does matter. The negative PR concerning the President's absence and absence of high-ranking U.S. officials is entirely self-inflicted and was completely avoidable.

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    Re: Unprecedented rally is largest in France's history, officials say

    Quote Originally Posted by donsutherland1 View Post
    In substance, it matters little. Symbolically, it does matter. The negative PR concerning the President's absence and absence of high-ranking U.S. officials is entirely self-inflicted and was completely avoidable.
    All that is true, but in fairness, the GOP wannabe 2016 hopefuls missed an opportunity as well. If I were one, I'd have been there.

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    Re: Unprecedented rally is largest in France's history, officials say

    FWIW, the White House now acknowledges that the U.S. should have sent a more senior official to Paris. From The Washington Post:

    The White House said Monday that it should have sent a higher-profile official to a Paris rally where 1.5 million people marched in a show of unity against terrorism.

    "I think it's fair to say that we should have sent someone with a higher profile" to the event, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Monday. The United States was represented by Ambassador to France Jane Hartley.


    White House: We should have sent a higher-profile official to Paris march - The Washington Post

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    Re: Unprecedented rally is largest in France's history, officials say

    Quote Originally Posted by donsutherland1 View Post
    FWIW, the White House now acknowledges that the U.S. should have sent a more senior official to Paris. From The Washington Post:

    The White House said Monday that it should have sent a higher-profile official to a Paris rally where 1.5 million people marched in a show of unity against terrorism.

    "I think it's fair to say that we should have sent someone with a higher profile" to the event, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Monday. The United States was represented by Ambassador to France Jane Hartley.


    White House: We should have sent a higher-profile official to Paris march - The Washington Post
    Greetings, donsutherland1.

    Woulda, coulda, shoulda... usually an excuse used after the fact when you didn't do something! Our government had as much time to make a decision as any of the countries that attended. We opted not to go. End of story. The question people are asking is why that decision was made.

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    Re: Unprecedented rally is largest in France's history, officials say

    Quote Originally Posted by polgara View Post
    Greetings, donsutherland1.

    Woulda, coulda, shoulda... usually an excuse used after the fact when you didn't do something! Our government had as much time to make a decision as any of the countries that attended. We opted not to go. End of story. The question people are asking is why that decision was made.
    I agree. The acknowledgment merely reflects that the rationale that were used to explain the unfortunate absence were unconvincing.

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