As much as Americans like to make fun of the French and vice versa, our two countries have historically usually been very close.
The French were our first allies. Without them, it’s doubtful we could have defeated the British in the Revolutionary War. The Statue of Independence? That was a gift from the French to symbolize our bonds of friendship and shared hardship.
We returned the favor in two world wars. Thousands of American graves lie in French soil.
Some of the earliest classic works of American political science and history were written by a Frenchman, Alexis de Tocqueville, who explored and explained the early American spirit of freedom and enterprise. It’s safe to say that French though he was, Tocqueville understood and loved America far better than most modern Americans.
For all of these reasons and many more, it is shameful and the grossest insult that while 40 world leaders and millions of other people marched in French streets in solidarity against the Muslim barbarism of the past week, the only American official present was a lowly ambassador.
Attorney General Eric Holder was actually in Paris and attended a terrorism conference there, but he vanished before the rally against jihad to go film interviews for American morning news shows.
Secretary of State John Kerry was in India, preparing things for a visit by President Obama in a few weeks.
As for His Holiness Obama and his No. 1 Fall Guy, Vice President Jumpin’ Joe Biden, both decided to stay home to watch the NFL playoffs, according to some members of the Washington press corps.
As for the rest of the team, Cabinet secretaries, generals and the like apparently couldn’t be bothered to physically get off the couch and go show some support for France at a rally where even the Palestinian president and Israeli prime minister stood together with Francois Hollande and all of Paris.
To be fair, Speaker John Boehner didn’t go, either. Nor did Senate newly-Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Nor, apparently, did any congressional delegation from either party.
I expect this sort of behavior from Obama, America’s imperial man-child, even from Holder. But that no one from the Administration or Congress could be spared to fly to France and at least pretend to care what happens to our oldest ally is utterly unbelievable and humiliating.
It is in keeping with Obama’s foreign policy, however, in which we have armed terrorists and snubbed allies like Israel and friendly nations like Egypt under Mubarak.
With friends like us, our allies don’t need any enemies.