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Obama, Biden Notably Absent From Unity Rally In Paris

More than 40 world leaders came together in France on Sunday in a show of solidarity against the attacks waged by Islamic militant extremists last week. Among the dignitaries in attendance were British Prime Minister David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

In a stunning display, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas put their differences aside to march together in the massive 'unity' rally that had a historic turnout of more than three million people.

It seemed as though everyone, no matter their past differences, understood the importance of what was happening. 

Noticeably absent from Sunday’s rally? Any major figure from the United States.

Ambassador Jane Hartley was the highest-ranked American representative in attendance during the march. Attorney General Eric Holder was in Paris over the weekend, but he only attended a meeting called by French President Francois Hollande.

The visible nonattendance by recognizable U.S. officials led many to ask: Where was President Barack Obama? Where was Vice President Joe Biden?

This was President Obama’s public schedule for Sunday, Jan. 11:

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And this was Vice President Biden’s public schedule for Sunday, Jan. 11:

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The White House has refused to comment on why neither one attended yesterday’s event despite their open schedules.

President Obama is set to start the week on Monday by holding a privacy speech at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). He will then welcome the NBA champion San Antonio Spurs to the White House.

Sources: USA Today, CNN / Photo Credit: WikiCommons,


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