The BBC writes today:
On Sunday, as more than a million marchers took to the Paris streets and 44 heads of state joined arms on Boulevard Voltaire, there was one notable absence.
In a Monday afternoon press conference, White House spokesperson Josh Earnest said Mr Obama wished he could have attended, but the “onerous and significant” security preparations for a presidential visit require more than the 36-hour advance notice the White House received.
I find this explanation fairly incredible. François Hollande, David Cameron, Angela Merkel, Mariano Rajoy, Mahmoud Abbas and Benjamin Netanyahu can all travel, but Obama needs more than 36 hours notice? The excuse rings false, but if taken at face value would seem to declare Obama’s a fearful prisoner.