After thousands of people, including dignitaries from more than 40 countries, marched through the streets of Paris on Sunday, President Barack Obama came under criticism for not participating in the event.

The anti-terror rally, held in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attacks, was attended by, among others, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister David Cameron, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. 

The highest-ranking U.S. representative at the rally was U.S. Ambassador to France Jane Hartley.

On Monday, the White House apologized for not sending a higher profile dignitary to the Paris event, though declined to provide further details about why the decision not to send a high-level member of the administration was made.

The apology was apparently not enough for the Texas representative who represents Galveston County.

At about 8:20 p.m., U.S. Rep. Randy Weber (R-Friendswood) posted the following on his official Twitter account.

Lest you're confused, Weber (or whoever is manning his Twitter account) is referring to Adolf Hitler's invasion of France that ended with the surrender of Paris on June 14, 1940. More than 85,000 French soldiers were killed in the German invasion — which Weber assures us was done for "all the wrong reasons."

The tweet was still up, and going viral, about an hour after it was originally posted.

Weber, who was elected in 2012, has previously referred to Obama as a "socialist dictator." He is a member of the House Committee on Foreign Relations.

UPDATE, 11:51 A.M.

The Daily News spoke to Weber this morning and he stood by his tweet.

"I wanted to start a discussion," Weber said. "I guess I at least accomplished that."

Weber said that he was not calling Obama "Hitler", but trying to make a statement about fighting evil.

"My intent was to point out that there is evil in the world," Weber said. "Hitler was evil. With what we saw in (Paris) shows that the evil we are fighting is radical Islamic terrorism and (the Obama administration) won’t even acknowledge we are at war with radical Islamic terrorists.”

Weber said that his chief of staff did tell him he should have sent several Tweets to better explain his position.

As far as spelling Hitler's first name wrong in the tweet, Weber said told the Dallas Morning News that it was because he wrote it right before heading to bed.

UPDATE, 1:30 P.M.

Weber has published a statement about the tweet on his official website.

Contact reporter John Wayne Ferguson at 409-683-5226 or john.ferguson@galvnews.com. Follow him on Twitter, @johnwferguson.

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(15) comments

Mike Zeller

Hey Weber, if you thought it was so important for the President to attend, why didn't you go on your own, and represent Galveston County and the State of Texas, that would of showed the President up, but all you want to do is complain, and get a little publicity.

Daisy Harris

If he had gone to Paris, Weber would have said "look at him taking a trip to Paris on the taxpayer dime". This guy is exactly whats wrong in politics. He needs to go.

Cliff Walk

Don't bother to apologize, Mr. Weber. Nobody will think it's sincere.

George Croix

Inappropriate tweet.
Inappropriate White House response to yet another act of radical Islamic terrorism.

Perspective.....[whistling]

Carlos Ponce

I don't blame Obama for not going, after all it was for World LEADERS. As for this hoopla about Randy Weber, much ado about nothing. All you Weber haters have your say as is your right, Hee Haw all you want, nothing will come of it.

Steve Fouga

Carlos is right; nothing will come of it. Most people don't care about Randy Weber. Nationally he's a nobody. Maybe locally too. This is the most pub he'll ever get.

Tempest in a teapot.

Kevin Lang

It doesn't surprise me in the least that our political machine in DC wasn't able to muster up the logistics to get someone into that rally. Our bureaucracy can't go to the bathroom without a 2,000 page manual describing every variation of every step involved.

Trying to get our Secret Service to coordinate with Security Details in France would have required at least 2 weeks, I would guess. Perhaps we could have sent McConnell and Reid. Maybe Cruz would have liked to go, too.

At some point in time, our bureaucracy needs to learn how to think and act somewhat quickly.

Steve Fouga

Funny update.

I didn't even notice the misspelling of Adolf in the original tweet. And Weber's explanation is a great example of backpedalling quickly while claiming not to backpedal...
[tongue]

Charles Douglas

They might have been afraid to go to that rally. I'm just keeping it real. That "JV" terrorist group is kicking up some dust, mainly because they were underestimated, and opportunities which presented themselves in order to subdue, and cut them off were not recognized by those that counted!

Kevin Lang

That's the same broken record we heard after 9/11. 13+ years later, and the best we're able to do is "we had them under surveillance, but we didn't think they were about to do anything". I'm guessing that the intelligence community was expecting them to be planning something bigger and were looking for them to link into a larger terror group to carry out some big deed. Evidently, the Paris guy laid really low for quite awhile and they lost interest in him due to resource constraints.

George Croix

Update:
It appears that at 1:14pm Weber apologized for his tweet to 'anybody offended'....
Note to Randy:
It's an immediate turn off for me, and anyone that I, personally, even want to be in the same room with to refer to anyone else and Adolf Hitler in the same context.
Hitler was a POS of historical level and actually had his own people who disagreed with him killed.
Our President has proven to be a world class incompetent prima donna, objectionable enough in his own right, but he does not deserve to be even peripherally associated with anything to do with Hitler any more than Pres. G.W. Bush did, or anybody else this side of a list of lunatic mass murderers.
The thing you now share with President Obama is I didn't ever cast a vote for him, and I won't cast one for you again if you insist on 'doubling down' by hedging an apology, and by so doing acting like so many of the very people you got sent to Office to oppose.

Mike Meador

Most of the time I compare Obama to a braying mule.

Kevin Lang

I don't think it's fair to compare Obama....

Carlos Ponce

Read Randy's Tweet. It is John Wayne Ferguson who is calling this a COMPARISON. What Randy is actually doing is CONTRASTING the two. Of course there are those who would object to using the names Hitler and Obama in the same sentence as witnessed by this forum.
compare - show similarities
contrast - show differences
Any 5th grader knows the difference between the two. Why can't some of you?

George Croix

Conflate
con·flate
kənˈflāt/
verb
combine (two or more texts, ideas, etc.) into one.

Personally, I expect a grown man who has been elected to public office to counter the shenanigans and ideological exuberances of his political opposites to do so, not join in and sing along.
But then, I'm just a simple old East Texas Piney Woods stomper....
5th grade holds bad memories because my voice started changing quite early, and then there was this cute girl named Betty who was from several socio-economic levels higher so the closest I got was a regular view up her nostrils, and then there was a death in the immediate family........well, maybe that's why...... [wink]

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