By Lynn R. Mitchell
As leaders from around the world gathered in France on Sunday to show solidarity against terrorism, it was noted that the President of the United States was not there. Taking Barack Obama’s place was U.S. Ambassador to France Jane Hartley (see Obama, Kerry absent from unity rally in Paris):
Hundreds of thousands of people attended the march in Paris on Sunday, waving both French flags and those of other nations.
British Prime Minister David Cameron, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov were among those who attended, along with religious leaders.
The absence of the United States may have been the catalyst for actor James Woods’ curious tweet:
You could pick a name at random from the phone book and do better than Obama. He is the worst president imaginable for these times.
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) January 11, 2015
Was the attack on Charlie Hebdo France’s equivalent to America’s 9/11? It certainly rallied that country and the world to take a serious look at radical Muslim terrorists (see Massive crowds join march for solidarity in Paris).