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    Re: Should Obama Have Attended Je Suis Charlie March?

    Quote Originally Posted by ModerateGOP View Post
    Pretty Straightforward question. Do you think he should have and you can discuss why you think he didn't below explaining your answer.
    His statement was sufficient.
    President Barack Obama on Wednesday called the assault on the office of a French magazine in Paris a "cowardly and evil attack" that underscores terrorists' "fear" of free speech.

    Speaking to reporters before a meeting with Secretary of State John Kerry, Obama said that the attack on satirical news magazine Charlie Hebdo "underscores that these terrorists fear freedom of speech and freedom of the press."

    The magazine has published cartoons of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad.

    In his remarks, Obama expressed his sympathies to the people of Paris and of France for the "terrible terrorist attack." And he promised that the United States will help bring the perpetrators of the assault to justice and will "roll of up the networks that help to advance these kinds of plots."
    Obama: Magazine Attack Shows Terrorists 'Fear Freedom of Speech' - NBC News

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    Re: Should Obama Have Attended Je Suis Charlie March?

    Quote Originally Posted by US Conservative View Post
    I think its because he's long on rhetoric but short on substantive action.
    Substantive action like walking down a street?

    It's visual political rhetoric.
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    Re: Should Obama Have Attended Je Suis Charlie March?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fiddytree View Post
    Substantive action like walking down a street?

    It's visual political rhetoric.
    When has that stopped him before?

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    Re: Should Obama Have Attended Je Suis Charlie March?

    Quote Originally Posted by US Conservative View Post
    When has that stopped him before?
    Well, why do you so value mere rhetoric today?
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    Re: Should Obama Have Attended Je Suis Charlie March?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fiddytree View Post
    Well, why do you so value mere rhetoric today?
    Today, in light of the attacks its not rhetoric. It shows the west is united and resolute. This suggests Obama is not.

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    Re: Should Obama Have Attended Je Suis Charlie March?

    Quote Originally Posted by US Conservative View Post
    Today, in light of the attacks its not rhetoric. It shows the west is united and resolute. This suggests Obama is not.
    Oh now it's not rhetoric. That's very convenient.
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    Re: Should Obama Have Attended Je Suis Charlie March?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fiddytree View Post
    Oh now it's not rhetoric. That's very convenient.
    BO standing with the world to show solidarity after a terrorist attack is not rhetoric. Not sure how thats hard to grasp.

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    Re: Should Obama Have Attended Je Suis Charlie March?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    Given the security that would have had to have been in place, not attending was a good call. He should make it clear that he supports the movement, as I'm sure he must.

    Had he gone, his opponents would have been ranting about the cost of his "vacation to Paris" no doubt. It would have taken a major effort.
    I have very mixed feelings about all this. I dont necessarily think he needed to go (though the Secretary of State certainly should have been there), and part of me really want to send a great big gigantic **** YOU balloon to the world sometimes with regards to how they 'help' in the war against terrorists.

    However..just as an observation and question...the leaders of many European countries took part in a public parade. How is it that they can, and our President (ANY president...not just this guy) would require more security than the Popemobile?

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    Re: Should Obama Have Attended Je Suis Charlie March?

    Quote Originally Posted by US Conservative View Post
    Today, in light of the attacks its not rhetoric. It shows the west is united and resolute. This suggests Obama is not.
    Not for nothin...but Obama is 'the' world leader that has been taking it to ISIS for the last 8 months. Thats a bit more than marching in a parade.

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    Re: Should Obama Have Attended Je Suis Charlie March?

    No. It would have been a security nightmare, and such things aren't really the place of politicians in my opinion.

    If he'd gone, I'm sure people would be complaining about his "pandering" or "how much did his stunt in Paris cost the US taxpayer?"

    Partisans would have found something to complain about either way.

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