President Obama made an impromptu visit to the French Embassy in Washington yesterday, where he expressed his support in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks. According to The Hill, he wrote in the Embassy’s book of condolences:
“On behalf of all Americans, I extend our deepest sympathy and solidarity to the people of France following the terrible terrorist attack in Paris. As allies across the centuries, we stand united with our French brothers to ensure that justice is done and our way of life is defended. We go forward together knowing that terror is no match for freedom and ideals we stand for — ideals that light the world. Vive la France!”
Well said. This is exactly how we should be responding to brutal attacks that were aimed both at innocent lives and sacred ideals. President Obama also struck the right tone in another address.The President has been very strong on free speech lately, between these comments and his stance against North Korea’s intimidation of Sony. This stands in stark contrast to the President’s response to Benghazi, in which the federal government condemned an allegedly provocative film and arrested the filmmaker on a technical parole violation. But perhaps the President has learned something from that. This time the tone was spot on. Bravo, we say—and more, please.