Congressman Sorry for Saying Obama Should be More Like Hitler.
A Republican congressman from Texas offered a swift apology Tuesday after he essentially compared President Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler in a tweet about last week's deadly attacks in France.
"Even Adolph (sic) Hitler thought it more important than Obama to get to Paris," Randy Weber posted on Twitter, after the US leader failed to join the more than a million people who marched through the French capital in an unprecedented show of defiance against Islamist extremism. "For all the wrong reasons," Weber added, presumably referring to Hitler's survey of German-occupied Paris in June 1940. "Obama couldn't do it for right reasons."
The president was criticized for not participating in the massive unity rally or even sending a top emissary such as Secretary of State John Kerry to a march attended by several world leaders.
The White House has itself admitted to the huge misstep in Obama's lack of attendance, with Press Secretary Josh Earnest saying Monday "we should have sent someone with a higher profile to be there." Ambassador Jane Hartley was the only US official of note on hand at the important counter-terror rally.
Weber's criticism of Obama joins that of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA), which said by not showing up at "the most important international protest in history against the expanding scourge of Islamic terrorism, President Obama has humiliated and embarrassed all Americans in front of the whole world, while sending the wrong message to Islamic murderers."
Weber's caustic attack was seen by many as beyond the pale, and several Jewish groups reportedly demanded an apology. "I need to first apologize to all those offended by my tweet," Weber said in a statement some 17 hours after his original post.
"It was not my intention to trivialize the Holocaust nor to compare the President to Adolf Hitler. The mention of Hitler was meant to represent the face of evil that still exists in the world today. I now realize that the use of Hitler invokes pain and emotional trauma for those affected by the atrocities of the Holocaust and victims of anti-Semitism and hate."
ZOA added that Obama's decision to pass on the event was unfortunately not a surprise, saying "Obama has refused during his entire presidency to even use the term Islamic terrorism. Instead he uses terms such as 'violent extremism' or 'workplace violence.' By refusing to name the enemy at war with the West, it makes it more difficult to focus on actions that need to be taken."
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|Date:||Jan 14, 2015|
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