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(NEWSER) – In a rare public admission of error, the White House said today the US should have sent a high-level official to an anti-terror march in Paris that was attended by more than 40 world leaders. The Obama administration was represented yesterday by the US ambassador to France, though Attorney General Eric Holder was in Paris for security meetings.

"It's fair to say we should have sent someone with a higher profile," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said. Earnest did emphasize the White House's previous defense over the no-show: that the elaborate security apparatus required for presidential travel prohibited President Obama, as well as Vice President Joe Biden, from traveling to Paris on short notice.

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