The simplest decision in the world is screwed up because we have a petulant Malignant Narcissist in the White House who won’t accept not being the center of attention.

I also suggest his refusal to go is based in a probable fury over his little campaign against the new senate being overshadowed by the Paris terror attacks. And that’s likely how he views it: a situation that ruined something for him.

Via WSJ.

President Barack Obama regrets his decision not to send a top White House official to represent the U.S. at a march in Paris on Sunday that drew dozens of world leaders in a show of solidarity against terrorism, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said.

The response to criticism that neither Mr. Obama nor his leading stand-in, Vice President Joe Biden , attended the event marked a rare public admission of a mistake by the White House.

“I think it’s fair to say that we should have sent someone with a higher profile,” Mr. Earnest told reporters on Monday. “I think the president himself would have liked to have the opportunity to be there.”

The highest-ranking U.S. official at the march was the American ambassador to France. Mr. Obama didn’t make that decision, Mr. Earnest said, adding that no one at the White House brought such a request to the president’s attention. Mr. Earnest declined to say specifically who made the decision to send the ambassador, except that it was a White House official.

And this is excellent. Once again, Ed Henry doesn’t take BS for an answer from Obama flak Josh Earnest:

Video: Ed Henry GRILLS White House on why Netanyahu could go to ‘Unity March’ but Obama couldn’t

And here’s one of my assessments offered at Twitter:

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  1. Shifra says:

    The NY Daily News is generally a Lib paper. So, ouch, that is gonna leave a mark…

  2. Chuck says:

    I’m going to give the President the benefit of the doubt. I think he really wanted to go but was not allowed because of this.

    And also, remember this?

    (I am joking, but in reality, I wouldn’t put it past them …)

  3. Maynard says:

    Maybe he wasn’t invited. Everybody remembers the way he turned the Mandela funeral into a sick joke.

  4. Alain41 says:

    At the rally, there would not be any applause for him. Next Tuesday evening, he gives the State of the Union address. If he had gone to the rally, at the SotU he would have to reference the trip which would both put the focus on Islamic terror and take the focus off him. This way, he can say that next month I will hold the first international security conference on extreme terrorism. My administration along with the best international academics, policy experts, and security experts will come together to make common sense concrete proposals that I can implement to dismantle extreme terrorism if Congress will not be a roadblock to my providing the needed security for the people. And then the trained seals will leap to the feet with wondrous applause. Any Republican who doesn’t join in will be labeled a cowardly neo-con who lies to his/her constituents. Someone insightful keeps saying that it’s all politics to him. Grrrrr.

  5. strider says:

    Too busy persecuting the General who defeated the predecessor of ISIS in Iraq.

  6. Maynard says:

    FWIW, here’s the oft-maligned Peggy Noonan’s blog note, “Lafayette, We Are Not Here”.

    Politico yesterday noted the president’s reaction from day one of the Charlie Hebdo story has been “muted.” He sat in an armchair in his office and pronounced the shootings “cowardly.” He also said something that struck me at the time, that the murders violated “a universal believe in the freedom of expression.” But there is no universal belief of free expression. Where it exists it has to be defended, in unity and with guts. That is the point…

    Historical background for Noonan’s title reference in Wiki:

    On July 4, 1917 Charles E. Stanton (a Colonel in the United States Army during World War I, and an aide to General John J. Pershing (chief disbursing officer)) visited the tomb of French Revolution and American Revolution hero Marquis de La Fayette and (according to Pershing) said, “Lafayette, we are here!” to honor the nobleman’s assistance during the Revolutionary War. The famous quote is often misattributed to Pershing.

    In context, he said:

    America has joined forces with the Allied Powers, and what we have of blood and treasure are yours. Therefore it is that with loving pride we drape the colors in tribute of respect to this citizen of your great republic. And here and now, in the presence of the illustrious dead, we pledge our hearts and our honor in carrying this war to a successful issue. Lafayette, we are here.

  7. Teri says:

    It was a show of solidarity against terrorism. The dumb bastard does not believe it exists. Why should he show up for something he does not believe ? According to him he eradicated terrorism. It is no longer a threat. Along with the chance that someone may actually say ‘muslim extremist’ at the march. Freak.

  8. Maynard says:

    Oh, and do I need to mention the obvious, that if there were a racial angle or some other selfno-centric theme that he could have picked up, Obama would have been there in a flash? But the brazen, brutal murder of journalists who aren’t his boys, this falls in the category of “not optimal”, meaning not useful in advancing Obama’s narrative.

  9. Kitten says:

    Lord, help us. OBummer (Mo), Crazy Uncle Joe (Larry), Lurch (Curly). The 3 Stooges never did this much damage.

  10. LJZumpano says:

    What bothers me most… as soon as it was announced that the Brits and Germans were sending top, top officials, a little bell should have rung in the White House alerting them all that this was not just a march. This one would be different, similar to the the response of our allies after 9/11. The fact that no one saw the implications of a no show by the U.S. is very troublesome. Aren’t there any adults in this administration? And it makes you wonder just how competent this administration is.

  11. barjo4 says:

    If it was golf, he might have shown up…If it was all about HIM, he might have shown up…Perhaps he should have sent his pal Al Sharpton.

  12. Maynard says:

    Drudge has an interesting tweet:

    ALL Obama moves are designed to further his career in global govt after he leaves White House. Understand this, and things make more sense..

    This omission is too obvious to have been an “oopsie”. In the logic of Drudge’s framework, consider that maybe Obama’s move, like the destruction of Lois Lerner’s email database, is a political calculation to take some short-term heat for a long-term goal. Down the road, as a globetrotting power broker, Obama’s “accident” will be remembered in the Arab world. He will be welcomed as the man who helped the West forget the attack.

    Or am I moving into the realm of paranoia?

  13. barjo4 says:

    Instead of Kerry bringing James Taylor, he might have brought some Slim Whitman LPs and then maybe their heads would have exploded

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