Comedy Central's Jon Stewart ripped into President Barack Obama Monday night for failing to attend Sunday's march against terrorism in Paris.
The liberal comedian recalled the deadly terror attack last week against French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo before arriving at this weekend's march, the largest demonstration in France's history.
"And of course, no grand show of liberty is complete without America, the country that invented freedom. That's why President Obama was there, front and center," Stewart said, before airing news reports noting Obama's very noticeable absence.
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Stewart, visibly perplexed, questioned how the leader of the free world failed to participate in the march.
"How can Obama not be there?" he asked. "Look at how many world leaders he could have bowed down to and apologized. He missed an opportunity."
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"How can the U.S. not be there when representatives from of such beacons of freedom and lack of censorship as journalist-punishing Russia was there?" Stewart continued. "Journalist-jailing Turkey was there. Egypt — enough said."
Stewart then slammed Attorney General Eric Holder for not representing the U.S. at the march, even though he was in Paris as it took place.
"What the f***?" the comedian said. "Eric Holder, you were in France! In Paris! At the time of the march and were like, 'eh'?"
"Unbelievable! An enormous global rally in supporting freedom of expression after an attack on a close ally and the U.S. was a no-show? It's going to take a lot to make up for this."
Stewart then sarcastically played a news report clip signaling Secretary of State John Kerry would visit Paris — at the end of the week.
On Monday, the White House acknowledged that "someone with a higher profile" should have been sent to Sunday's march.
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