- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Jon Stewart joined critics Monday night in skewering President Obama for not attending the unity rally in France following last week’s terror attacks.

“How could the U.S. not be there when representatives of such beacons of freedom and lack of censorship as journalist-punishing Russia was there?” the Comedy Central host asked.

“Journalist-jailing Turkey was there. Egypt, enough said. Palestinian cartoonist-jailing Israel was there. And of course, our greatest ally, Saudi Arabia was there — although a little out of breath having just days ago flogged a blogger,” Mr. Stewart added. “An enormous global rally in support of freedom of speech after an attack on a close ally, and the U.S. was a no-show? It’s gonna take a lot to make up for this.”

On Monday, the White House admitted it made a mistake in not sending a higher-level official to represent the U.S., and said Secretary of State John Kerry would travel to France later this week, the Huffington Post reported.

Mr. Stewart, however, was unmoved by the gesture.

“Je suis to be kidding me,” he said.

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