From a private conversation picked up over an open mic at the G20 meeting, some less-than-surprising truths from the Frenchman and our Leftist-in-Chief:
The conversation then drifted to Netanyahu, at which time Sarkozy declared: “I cannot stand him. He is a liar.” According to the report, Obama criticized Sarkozy for voting in favor of Palestinian statehood at the UN.
Obama replied: “You’re fed up with him, but I have to deal with him every day!”
The remark was naturally meant to be said in confidence, but the two leaders’ microphones were accidently left on, making the would-be private comment embarrassingly public.
The communication faux pas went unnoticed for several minutes, during which the conversation between the two heads of state – which quickly reverted to other matters – was all but open to members the press, who were still in possession of headsets provided by the Elysée for the sake of simultaneous translation during the G20 press conference.
“By the time the (media) services at the Elysée realize it, it was on for at least three minutes,” one journalist told the website. Still, he said that reporters “did not have a chance to take advantage of this fluke.”
The surprising lack of coverage may be explained by a report alleging that reporters present at the event were requested to sign an agreement to keep mum on the subject of the embarrassing comments.
A member of the media confirmed Monday that “there were discussions between journalists and they agreed not to publish the comments due to the sensitivity of the issue.”
What type of "sensitivity", I wonder? That towards Obama re-election campaign, where his party's stranglehold on Jewish votes might loosen enough - due to Obama's outward hostility towards Israel - to cost the president his job? Certainly there is no need for the media to protect Sarkozy; the French have been Jew-baiting for almost a thousand years, it's practically a sport, if not the national pastime...
And are these two heads of sate really as stupid as they seem? Cannot they imagine why Bibi might be a bit intransigent, and chafe at their demands for national/ethnic suicide so that they might get (another) Nobel Peace Prize?
I do understand Obama frustration with Benjamin Netanyahu, though - he's Batman to Obama's Joker, Superman to Lex Luther - he's foiled every evil, stupid plot and trap that Obama has tried to spring on him since the onset of his presidency. And then, of course, there's this famous picture of Young Bibi versus Young Barack, which no doubt chafes on Barack's thin skin:
You need only compare pictures of Netanyahu and Obama as young men to see the difference. One is a serious person, the other a jive-ass.
Like Obama, Netanyahu has fine educational credentials, with degrees from Harvard and MIT, but Netanyahu has been personally tested in battle, where rash, unconsidered actions have immediate, fatal consequences. Obama until now has been pontificating and swanning about. His only real battles to date have been with straw men of his own making.
Well, don't worry, Barack. Another year and we promise you won't have to "deal" with the leader of our closest ally at all...