Obama Slammed For Dancing The Tango in Argentina After Brussels Attack
President Barack Obama showed off his smooth dance at a state dinner in Argentina on Wednesday night.
Performers led the president and first lady to the dance floor, where they performed the tango.
The dance was not planned and the Obamas refused at first. But diplomatically, they eventually agreed.
The Obamas were guests of Argentinian President Mauricio Macri at the dinner in Buenos Aires.
Nicole Wallace, the former communications director for President George W. Bush, expressed her outrage.
“His policy choice was to proceed with everything on his schedule and not to react to the threat of terrorism and that is his prerogative, but it puts him vastly … out of step with the entire American public, not just Republicans,” she said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.
Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, said on the show that the president should have handled things a bit differently.
Wallace added: “There were mothers laying dead while their, you know, family members were at the crime scene yesterday and to look like the priority is to go on a foreign trip instead of pausing for a minute and explaining that to America is a communications crime.”
The president’s trip to Argentina concluded his tour of Latin America. Earlier this week he became the first sitting commander-in-chief in nearly 90 years to visit Cuba.
On Tuesday, Obama attended a baseball game in Havana between the Tampa Bay Rays and Cuban National team.
In an interview with ESPN, he defended his decision to attend the ballgame instead of going back to Washington following the attacks in Brussels earlier that day.
"The whole premise of terrorism is to try to disrupt people's ordinary lives; it’s always a challenge when you have a terrorist attack anywhere in the world,” he said.
The president then said that one of his proudest moments in office was watching Boston unite following the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and seeing player David Ortiz’s declaration of strength for the people of the city.
“When Ortiz went out and said probably the only time that America didn't have a problem with somebody, a person on live TV, was when he talked about Boston, how strong it was and that it was not going to be intimidated," Obama said.