Obama was quick to say he stands with France, but when the opportunity presented itself, he was a no-show.
“It’s a deep and all but certain truth about narcissistic personalities that to meet them is to love them, but to know them well is to find them unbearable.” – Jeffrey Kluger
The country was introduced to Barack Obama in 2008, and promptly fell in love with him. Well, some of us did. Over the course of his six years in office, we have gotten to know him, and his behavior has become confusing, and unbearable. Scandal after scandal has shown us the man behind the TelePrompTer, a man more concerned about himself than his constituents. His narcissism peaked on Sunday when he failed to attend the anti-terrorism March in Paris, where over three million people, and about forty world leaders gathered. His schedule? Empty.
According to The Telegraph, the reason behind Obama’s absence was security related:
“The White House said ‘security considerations’ were behind the decision for Mr Obama not to attend, but officials were still heavily criticized in the media and by Republican politicians for failing to send Joe Biden, the vice-president, or a similarly high-level representative.”
On Monday, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest half apologized, saying:
“I’m confident that the professionals at the Secret Service could overcome those challenges, but it would have been very difficult to do so without significantly impacting the ability of common citizens to participate in this march.”
The criticism wasn’t only partisan. CNN’s Jake Tapper wrote that he was ashamed, and questioned the excuse of security concerns:
“I say this as an American – not as a journalist, not as a representative of CNN – but as an American: I was ashamed. I certainly understand the security concerns when it comes to sending President Barack Obama, though I can’t imagine they’re necessarily any greater than sending the lineup of other world leaders, especially in aggregate.”
Obama affirmed his support for France in a speech on Friday, saying:
“France is our oldest ally…I want the people of France to know that the United States stands with you today, stands with you tomorrow.”
So, Obama metaphorically stands with France, but when the opportunity came, he didn’t care enough to literally stand with dozens of world leaders, and millions of others, despite an empty schedule.
There is speculation within conservative circles that Obama’s absence had to do with his seeming reverence for Islam. There are those who believe that he didn’t attend because he didn’t want to offend Muslims. While that is very possibly true, given his past with Islam, and his quotes denouncing those who would slander the prophet Muhammad, I think there was something much simpler behind the no-show. I believe that the president didn’t attend because he thought he could get away with it. In Obama’s narcissistic mind, sending a low-level representative—one who is unrecognizable to anyone, even among the media—was good enough.
We’ve seen this president’s narcissism on display time, and time again, and I don’t think this situation was any different. What other excuse could there be? With forty or so other world leaders in attendance, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Germany’s Angela Merkel, and England’s David Cameron, I find it hard to believe that security was a legitimate concern. Additionally, Obama’s schedule was empty (he reportedly watched football Sunday afternoon). The White House later half apologized for his absence—only after intense pressure.
Obama thought that giving a speech in which he claimed to stand with France was enough, so he sent a lackey to Paris to do the actual standing. Then the best excuse the White House could come up with was “security concerns.” I’m calling BS on that. I guess we know him too well at this point.