Early Sunday morning, tens of thousands of people marched into the center of Paris, France rallying against the recent terrorist attacks that plagued the city over three days, and left 17 people dead. Among those marching were more than 40 world leaders. The image is powerful - expressing the raw pain and hurt the people of Paris, and throughout the world, feel after the attacks ripped a gaping hole in a peaceful city and raised questions like, "What is the price of free speech?"
From the left : Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, France's President Francois Hollande and Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel march during a rally in Paris, France, Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015. A rally of defiance and sorrow, protected by an unparalleled level of security, on Sunday will honor the 17 victims of three days of bloodshed in Paris that left France on alert for more violence. (AP Photo/Philippe Wojazer, Pool)
Looking at the picture it is obvious to notice one person missing, President Obama. Attorney General, Eric Holder, was sent to Paris, France to represent the president, but the president did not attend the event himself.
U.S Attorney General Eric Holder, left, is welcomed by French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve before the start of an international meeting aimed at fighting terrorism, in Paris, France, Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015. A rally of defiance and sorrow, protected by an unparalleled level of security, on Sunday will honor the 17 victims of three days of bloodshed in Paris that left France on alert for more violence. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
On January 7, 2015, President Obama released a statement concerning the horrific terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris, France, saying, "France is America’s oldest ally, and has stood shoulder to shoulder with the United States in the fight against terrorists who threaten our shared security and the world. Time and again, the French people have stood up for the universal values that generations of our people have defended. France, and the great city of Paris where this outrageous attack took place, offer the world a timeless example that will endure well beyond the hateful vision of these killers."
It makes one question, if France "has stood should to shoulder with the United States in the fight against terrorists who threaten our shared security and the world", why was our president not able to physically stand "shoulder to shoulder" with France?