CNN’s Tapper, Fox Pundits Question Obama’s Absence from Paris Unity Rally


Several world leaders attended today’s unity rally in Paris to show support after last week’s attacks, but President Obama did not. Instead, Attorney General Eric Holder app and some cable news hosts and pundits are questioning his absence.

Here’s just some of the tweets from reporters and cable news personalities about Obama’s absence:

Notice what most of the above names have in common? Yes, they work for Fox News. But CNN today also took note of Obama’s absence, both online and on the air.

Jake Tapper found it rather striking, speaking as an American, that the U.S. isn’t “better represented” at the rally. Holder’s presence is one thing, Tapper said, but “I’m a little disappointed personally… that there isn’t more of a display of unity here.” (He repeatedly clarified he was just sharing his own opinion and not saying anything on behalf of CNN.)

You can watch that moment here, via CNN:

Now, there have been people making counter-arguments as to why Obama not going isn’t a big deal, including this one:

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