Posted by Curt on 12 January, 2015 at 6:26 pm. 1 comment.


Noah Rothman:

On Monday, White House Press Sec. Josh Earnest conceded that Barack Obama’s White House should have sent a figure of more stature to attend the historic march in protest of the attacks on Charlie Hebdo than America’s ambassador to France. After much prodding from the press corps, Earnest conceded that the president was at home in the White House on Sunday.

The political press has been finding it difficult to make excuses for the president’s absence from this event. Many members of the media have, in fact, confessed that they are uncomfortable with the president’s decision to largely ignore the historic march.

One intrepid CNN reporter offered her theory for why Obama declined to attend the rally in Paris when so many of heads of state around the globe did: Politics.

“President Obama, while he obviously does things to deal with terrorism, this isn’t the issue that he wants to be fully front and center out there with, I think is fair to say,” said CNN Senior Political Correspondent Brianna Keilar.

That’s right: This CNN correspondent, who might very well be onto something, is suggesting that the president views terrorism and national security as just one of many “issues.” Much in the way that Obama embraced veteran’s affairs as his “issue” ahead of the 2008 campaign, terrorism is an “issue” which he largely regards as a frustrating distraction. Given Obama’s reluctance to prosecute the anti-terror campaign against ISIS, Keilar’s assessment of Obama’s political priorities rings true.

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