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Old 04-15-2009, 01:39 PM
 
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World Agenda: Nicolas Sarkozy puts Barack Obama in the doghouse

Why the master of America's new First Mutt is no longer in good odour with President Sarkozy



Charles Bremner



France has been cooing along with everyone else over the arrival of Bo Obama at the White House, but the master of America's new First Dog is no longer in good odour with President Sarkozy.
Mr Sarkozy is pouring cold water on President Obama's efforts to recast American leadership on the world stage, depicting them as unoriginal, unsubstantial and overrated. Behind leaks and briefings from the Elysée Palace lies Mr Sarkozy's irritation at the rock-star welcome that Europe gave Mr Obama on his Europan tour earlier this month.
The American President's call "to free the world of the menace of a nuclear nightmare" was hot air, Mr Sarkozy's diplomatic staff told him in a report. "It was rhetoric – not a speech on American security policy but an export model aimed at improving the image of the United States," they said. Most of Mr Obama's proposals had already been made by the Bush administration and Washington was dragging its feet on disarmament and treaties against nuclear proliferation, the leaked report said.
Personal pique and French politics are also behind the souring of Mr Sarkozy's self-promoted honeymoon with the United States. On the personal side, the French President is needled by the adulation for an unproven US leader whose stardom has eclipsed what he sees as his established record as a world troubleshooter. "The President is annoyed by what he sees as the naivety and the herd mentality of the media," said a journalist who is privy to Elysée thinking.



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Old 04-15-2009, 02:00 PM
 
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World Agenda: Nicolas Sarkozy puts Barack Obama in the doghouse

Why the master of America's new First Mutt is no longer in good odour with President Sarkozy



Charles Bremner



France has been cooing along with everyone else over the arrival of Bo Obama at the White House, but the master of America's new First Dog is no longer in good odour with President Sarkozy.
Mr Sarkozy is pouring cold water on President Obama's efforts to recast American leadership on the world stage, depicting them as unoriginal, unsubstantial and overrated. Behind leaks and briefings from the Elysée Palace lies Mr Sarkozy's irritation at the rock-star welcome that Europe gave Mr Obama on his Europan tour earlier this month.
The American President's call "to free the world of the menace of a nuclear nightmare" was hot air, Mr Sarkozy's diplomatic staff told him in a report. "It was rhetoric – not a speech on American security policy but an export model aimed at improving the image of the United States," they said. Most of Mr Obama's proposals had already been made by the Bush administration and Washington was dragging its feet on disarmament and treaties against nuclear proliferation, the leaked report said.
Personal pique and French politics are also behind the souring of Mr Sarkozy's self-promoted honeymoon with the United States. On the personal side, the French President is needled by the adulation for an unproven US leader whose stardom has eclipsed what he sees as his established record as a world troubleshooter. "The President is annoyed by what he sees as the naivety and the herd mentality of the media," said a journalist who is privy to Elysée thinking.


First of all, I question the credibility of this article. What was actually said by the French Pres? Not his "advisors" or "unnamed journalist"..Secondly, I thought that what other countries said about us or our leaders didn't matter..Thirdly, if true, it sounds like a lot of jealousy and envy. Obama is more popular in France than their own President.
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Old 04-15-2009, 02:28 PM
 
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He does sound a bit jealous....

I just take this as further confirmation that idealistic policy aspirations don't always turn out the way you 'hope' when reality is factored in...
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Old 04-15-2009, 02:32 PM
 
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But, according to Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, and Sanitelli, Obama is an iron fisted dictator bent on total domination....so what gives?
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Old 04-15-2009, 02:33 PM
 
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But, according to Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, and Sanitelli, Obama is an iron fisted dictator bent on total domination....so what gives?

Please try and stay on topic... Your pathetic attempt at partisan hackery is irrelevant and embarrassing.


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Old 04-15-2009, 02:34 PM
 
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But, according to Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, and Sanitelli, Obama is an iron fisted dictator bent on total domination....so what gives?
Just the daily spin.
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Old 04-15-2009, 02:47 PM
 
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Please try and stay on topic... Your pathetic attempt at partisan hackery is irrelevant and embarrassing.


ROTFL! Yes, they are pathetic, as is the pseudo-legitimate article cited in thed original post. I'm sorry to have embarrassed you, no harm was intended in refuting the premise of your post but you know I'm 100% on topic - just not agreeing with you.
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Old 04-15-2009, 03:12 PM
 
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I would have to side with the leftist drones on this one. Regardless if I agree with his policies or not, no pansy a$$ pacifist french president is going to talk bad about the American president... (If he really did talk bad about him)......
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Old 04-15-2009, 03:14 PM
 
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First Mutt? Was that your language or the author's? Sounds like this deserves as much credibility as People magazine.
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Old 04-15-2009, 03:18 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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Since when did the French ever like Americans anyways? In fact, when has ANYONE over there, liked us? If it wasnt for the money we drop when we come over to visit them, they would have absolutely nothing to do with us... (Yea, I know, we send them millions and billions of dollars to help support thier economy in this way and that, and yet, they hate us all the same for it... Sort of like the handouts we give in our Country, eh? They hate us too, so we cant win on either front!).

May the LORD Bless each of you.

I wish you well...

Jesse
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