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November 5th, 2011
By Dan Miller
In this story, of obviously crucial importance about a remark made by our beloved President Obama at the G-20 Summit, it is reported that President Obama said
“I want to make mention that this is our first meeting since the arrival of the newest Sarkozy, and so I want to congratulate Nicolas and Carla on the birth of Giulia,” Mr. Obama told reporters shortly after his arrival at the G-20, with Mr. Sarkozy at his side. “And I informed Nicolas on the way in that I am confident that Giulia inherited her mother’s looks rather than her father’s, which I think is an excellent thing.”
Unfortunately, many in France took umbrage at President Obama’s slight to President Sarkozy’s looks, which “caused a minor international incident.”
Mr. Obama’s remarks, intended as a compliment for the French president’s glamorous wife, ended up in the eyes of some Frenchmen as tagging their leader as an ugly man. France took notice.
“The U.S. President’s picnic on the ‘physical’ of his French counterpart is only the latest episode of reports [which are] rather cool at best, at worst frankly tense,” said L’Observateur newspaper, which called the two leaders “the best enemies.”
Another French publication said Mr. Obama had chosen to compliment Mr. Sarkozy “in a way unique to say the least, before the cameras around the world.”
The French celebrity website Staragora said Mr. Obama’s comment was “risky” and “not very cool, for the French president [was] humiliated in public.”
“Barack Obama has openly and publicly ridiculed the physical [appearance of] Nicolas Sarkozy,” Staragora said, adding that Mr. Obama’s comments were delivered “without pity.” (Emphasis added)
The French folks should, instead, have been greatly offended that President Obama even suggested that Mrs. Sarkozy is attractive. What a vile remark for anyone — particularly the President of the United States — to make suggesting that he has noticed that the wife of the President of France is attractive! In a public setting and with snoopy reporters around! She must have been humiliated.
What will people in the United States think once Politico runs with this breaking scandal? Will this incident take President Obama’s campaign for reelection off the rails? Will he turn to Mr. Cain for advice on how to handle this touchy situation? President Obama should, immediately, man-up, apologize and assert that he does not, personally, consider Mrs. Sarkozy at all attractive.
(This article was first published at The PJ Tatler.)
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