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The president knew nothing: WH aides fall on swords for Obama after Paris embarrassment

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By Doug Powers  •  January 13, 2015 11:51 AM

**Written by Doug Powers

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The excuse is hilarious enough, but the MSM instinctively running with it is even funnier:

Wait, White House aides said Sunday, as they saw coverage come in of the anti-terrorism march in Paris — Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is there? Jordan’s King Abdullah? The presidents of Gabon, Benin, Niger? Not to mention the leaders of the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Italy and other major allies — and even Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov?

Somehow an event that the French didn’t even announce until Friday had quickly gathered momentum, drawing about three dozen foreign leaders to Paris to express their outrage at the killings of French citizens at a satire magazine and a Jewish supermarket last week. America’s representative, Ambassador Jane Hartley, looked a little out of place.

White House aides were so caught off guard by the march’s massive size and attention that they hadn’t even asked President Barack Obama if he wanted to go.

So by Monday morning, the intensity of criticism was so fierce that the aides knew they had to apologize. The media, they felt, had constructed a problem. This time, though, they thought the media might have a point. But they were also counting on the low-attention-span White House press corps to move on as soon as they gave in.

It was so obvious, they didn’t even go to Obama for sign-off.

To recap: At no time was Obama in the loop about anything involving any aspect of the rally in Paris or subsequent WH apology.

Originally a White House official was quoted as saying Obama or Biden wouldn’t be going because the event was “not about us” (possible translation: Not enough time to pack the Greek columns).

White House aides might kick themselves for not thinking of this excuse.

**Written by Doug Powers

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