Jake Tapper: It is no small thing for the king of Jordan, a direct descendent of the Prophet Mohammed, to march in a rally prompted by the murders of people who mocked Islam as well as of innocent Jews -- all of whom were killed by Islamic extremists.The United States, which considers itself to be the most important nation in the world, was not represented in this march -- arguably one of the most important public demonstrations in Europe in the last generation -- except by U.S. Ambassador Jane Hartley, who may have been a few rows back. I didn't see her. Even Russia sent Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.I say this as an American -- not as a journalist, not as a representative of CNN -- but as an American: I was ashamed.
I've been ashamed of this president since he took office. The fact that he represents the greatest country in the world makes me cringe.
Now they're saying, "We should have sent someone." Too little, too late. You've been shown once again for the cowardly socialists you are, and no amount of backpeddling is going to fix it.
"There's no doubt that had the president or vice president, on this very short time frame, gone to participate in this event that took place outdoors with more than a million people in attendance, that it would have significantly impacted the ability of those who attended the march to participate in the way they did yesterday," Earnest said.