White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough took the blame Tuesday for the failure of President Obama or another senior official to attend the march for free speech in Paris earlier this month.
“We’ve said we regret we didn’t send someone more senior than our ambassador,” McDonough said on NBC’s The Today Show. “That rests on me, that’s my job.”
But McDonough did not say he regretted the decision because Obama should have been at the march, saying instead that the problem was that “the melee that ensued” from the bad publicity “obfuscated” progress the United States has made with Europeans combating terrorist threats.
So you see, the problem really rests with others.
McDonough made no mention of whether Obama approved of the decision or even expressed the least amount of interest in traveling to Paris for the march.