“You’re fed up with him, but I have to deal with him every day!”

Obama channels his inner Jeremiah Wright:

Obama sarkozyFrench President Nicolas Sarkozy reportedly told US President Barack Obama that he could not “stand” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and that he thinks the Israeli premier “is a liar.” 

According to a Monday report in the French website “Arret sur Images,” after facing reporters for a G20 press conference on Thursday, the two presidents retired to a private room, to further discuss the matters of the day. 

The conversation apparently began with President Obama criticizing Sarkozy for not having warned him that France would be voting in favor of the Palestinian membership bid in UNESCO despite Washington’s strong objection to the move.

The conversation then drifted to Netanyahu, at which time Sarkozy declared: “I cannot stand him. He is a liar.” According to the report, 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 journalists present at the event were requested to sign an agreement to keep mum on the embarrassing comments. A Reuters reporter was among the journalists present and can confirm the veracity of the 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.”

I’m not sure which angle here is worse.  The notion of Obama colluding with Sarkozy to dis Netanyahu.  Or the media attempting to cover the whole thing up. 

It’d be great to catch Netanyahu’s unguarded response.

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  • Anonymous

    Guess who we have to deal with every day.  Until the election at least.  

  • Anonymous

    Netanyahu is a pain in the ass.  He’s leading his own country into ruin, and appears to be trying to drag the US into a war with Iran, which would lead to $20 per gallon gasoline, and could lead to World War III.

    At least the French are sending a signal they’re not onboard:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2058903/France-opposes-strike-Iran-ahead-damning-atomic-agency-report–Israeli-insists-dont-want-war.html

    • herddog505

      Thank heavens for that!  I’d hate to have to stage Operation Overlord v2.0 to liberate France from the clutches of a class of vicious, tyrannical Iranian third graders.

      Though I suppose Crazy Paulie Krugman would argue that it would stimulate our economy almost as much as an alien invasion.

      And, on further reflection, it would make a great Army recruiting slogan:

      “Join the Army and see France! (just like your grandfather and great-grandfather)”

      • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

        Nope.  We’ve pulled France out of the fire twice at huge expense of American blood.  They can go the next round on their own.

        • herddog505

          Hey, don’t sell us short!  We also just helped secure a (hopefully) steady supply of (maybe) cheap oil for them AND helped them to their first clear victory since Napoleon.  Can you imagine how things might have turned out with them ALONE against Libya???

          [photo caption]  (AP) – In a scene reminscent of 1940, a jubilant Moammar Qadaffi watches as the Libyan flag is hoisted over the Eifel Tower.  Military experts are still stunned at the speed of the French collapse under the weight of the Libyan onslaught, having predicted that France would hold out for at least twenty more minutes.

    • Anonymous

      Free hint: The French have never been on board with anything. “Cheese eating surrender monkeys is a well deserved and earned moniker.

    • Anonymous

      The French AF just kicked ass in Libya, and French SF and the Legion have been acquiting themselves well in Afghanistan.

      But true, they did stay out of Iraq, despite the threat that Saddam posed to Cannes and Nice, those cowards.

      • jim_m

        Wait, I thought it was obama that won in Libya?  You lefties need to get your story straight.

    • Anonymous

      Disagree- All this will be settled soon – then see who is left..

  • herddog505

    Rick RiceI’m not sure which angle here is worse.  The notion of Obama colluding with Sarkozy to dis Netanyahu.  Or the media attempting to cover the whole thing up. 

    There’s no question which is worse: MiniTru’s refusal to cover what was said.  This is the same MiniTru that has gone trolling for women to complain about Herman Cain.  This is the same MiniTru the published the hit pieces about George Bush’s DUI and the alleged (manufactured) use of influence to get him into the TXANG.  This is the same MiniTru that sent squads of “reporters” to Alaska to comb through Sarah Palin’s history and invited their readers to help them comb through her e-mails to find some dirt.  This is the same MiniTru that buried Jeremiah Wright and Bill Ayers, and that is trying to bury Fast and Furious and Solyndra.  While I’m no longer surprised at the perfidy and outright propagandizing from MiniTru, I still feel a twinge of disappointment when they are so blatant about it.

    They are in the tank for Barry and the dems.  They know that Barry already has some trouble with the Jewish vote and don’t want to make it even worse for him in that regard.  Further, I suggest that it looks bad for the President of the United States to be caught publicly saying that the leader of another country – and a nominal ally at that – is a liar.  (By the way: remember how shocked – SHOCKED! – MiniTru was when Bush referred to an NYT reporter as a “major a**hole” while on an open mike?  And how they DIDN’T have a “gentlemen’s agreement” to bury it?)

    What Barry said neither surprises nor offends me: it’s clear that he hates Netanyahu, and I suggest that the feeling is mutual.  The fact that he and Sarkozy agree on this doesn’t bother me, either.  Indeed, I suppose that we ought to be happy that Barry can find this much common ground with the leader of ANY of our allies (if I may count the perfidious and generally worthless French as an ally; they’ve been nothing but trouble since Yorktown).

    • Anonymous

      Um, this is a breaking story.  Right now, Google shows that Reuters, the AP, and Washington Post, Fox, ABC and Time are running stories on it.   So nobody is refusing to cover it.

      Plus, it’s only a scandalous story to those who think that lickspittle praise and ass-kissing of Netanyahu is the only acceptable expression of an American president.  For the rest of us, it’s not a big deal.

      • jim_m

        The MSM is running it because they like the idea that obama is insulting the leader of the Jewish people.  When obama was insulting Sarkozy, Gordon Brown, the Queen of England, Poland, Germany, etc there was nothing but silence.  The left loves anti-Semites.

        • Anonymous

          That is funny. Netanyahu is not “the leader of the Jewish people.” 

          He is the head of the Israeli government as leader of a party which got only 21% of the Israeli vote in the last elections and then formed a coalition government with many other parties.  He’s not leading Jews in the USA or elsewhere anymore than Berlusconi is leading Americans of Italian descent.

          • jim_m

            I accept the distinction.  Yet he is Israel’s leader and a snub against a national leader is often felt as a snub against the nation and its people.  People will be offended by the mistreatment of their  President or Prime Minister regardless of whether or not they vote for him.  (At least people who love their country do.  I cannot vouch for leftists who hate America when their man is not President)

            I think you also miss the significance of Israel in the hearts and minds of Jewish people.  Israel is their national home that goes back several millennia.  It was created to protect and preserve their people after WWII.  It has more meaning for Jewish people than Italy has for Italian-Americans.

          • Anonymous

            I don’t know about the relative feelings of Italian- and Jewish- Americans, they are multitudinous and impossible to gauge.  Some care about the “old country,” some don’t.

            For myself as a citizen of the USA, I look to the interests of the USA first.  Sentimental attachments to other countries and divided loyalties are only a security risk.   From my perspective, Netanyahu’s policies and attempts to influence U.S. policies lead to conflicts against the interests of the USA, only to appease the small settler parties that his coalition government depends upon.  There is not enough reason for the USA to attack Iran and risk the huge consequences that could bring for the sake of Israel.  Israel can defend itself, and can make peace if it accepts the outlines of what the Quartet and the Geneva proposal laid out.

          • Anonymous

            See you are still sprouting off..

      • herddog505

        Yes, the cat got out of the bag…. despite the “discussions between journalists [who] agreed not to publish the comments due to the sensitivity of the issue.”

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_G7YIUZMXOD5JGZZTCYMVA75KFU Shadow

    Finally some of the transparency Obama promised, shows just who and what he is.

  • http://otisthehand.blogspot.com/ OTIS the hand

    Didn’t everyone already know that Obama is a sleazy antisemite? Surprise!

  • http://otisthehand.blogspot.com/ OTIS the hand

    The French have been battling the charges of an antisemitic trend line for some time now. This is sure to help. And Obama just expressed solidarity with them. There’s no sugar coating it. There is what antisemites say in public, then there is what they say privately, and what they actually do.

    Sarkozy reassures US Jewish leaders about anti-Semitism in France

    Are the French really antisemitic?

    • herddog505

      In all fairness, I suggest the possibility that neither Sarkozy nor Bad Luck Barry are anti-Semites.  Rather, they simply don’t agree with Israeli policy in general and dislike Netanyahu in particular.  I can understand that: a pair of career politicians can’t feel very comfortable with a man who started out as a paratrooper and commando, especially when he has the nerve to put his country’s interests over their political needs.  If ONLY the Israelis would just… go away.  How much easier life would be for Barry and Nicky, eh?

      • jim_m

        Sure thing.  Just like Barry sat in front of Rev Wright every Sunday for 20 years and never heard a single anti-American, anti-Semitic or racist utterance.  I mean, sure he quoted the reverend and he dedicated his book to him but he never heard anything the man said and none of the hate ever permeated his conscience.

        Believe that if you want.  BTW I have some real estate in the everglades to sell…

        • herddog505

          Well, Robert Byrd was a member of the KKK, yet was TOTALLY not a racist.  And Ted Kennedy, despite accidentally leaving the scene of an accident and unintentionally letting Mary Jo Kopchne drown, was TOTALLY a champion of women’s rights.  Jean-Francois Kerry may have been slightly involved with a group of people who made a few mild accusations against US servicement in Vietnam, but he TOTALLY supports the military and all of our vets.

          / sarc

          I really think that Barry’s issue is not anti-Semitism per se, but simply a problem with Israel and Netanyahu.  So long as Jews know their place (i.e. giving him money and shutting up about that “Jewish homeland” and “Holocaust” business), he’s totally cool with them.

      • http://otisthehand.blogspot.com/ OTIS the hand

        You’re probably right. He’s not antisemitic at all. He just wants Israel to go away.

      • Anonymous

        I think the allusion you’re looking for is “will no one rid me of this troublesome Jewish state?”

        J.

    • Anonymous

      Hey, by your standard, you’re as anti-semitic as you claim Obama is, if you ever said anything mean about Barney Frank.  After all, he’s a Jewish elected official.

      One leader of a foreign government ≠ all Jews

      • http://www.outsidethebeltway.com rodney dill

        Barney Frank is Jewish?

        • herddog505

          I didn’t know that, either.  I just thought the he was a corrupt, fat, mush-mouthed, lying, cheating, crooked, conniving, greedy, grasping, disgusting politician.

          Oh, I’ve also heard that he’s gay.  Meh…

          • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

            @google-fdbe50d90419c9e5282a0ebc115bff7d:disqus wrote:

            I just thought the he [Barney Frank] was a corrupt, fat, mush-mouthed, lying,
            cheating, crooked, conniving, greedy, grasping, disgusting politician.

            In other words, a poster child for the Democratic Party.

      • http://otisthehand.blogspot.com/ OTIS the hand

        If I detested Barney Frank, cheered on the Islamic Brotherhood, Hated B.N., thought the Palestinians were peacemakers continuously foiled by intransigent Jews, and believed that there would be perfect harmony if only Israel would give up its territory — you might have a point.

        • Anonymous

          Sarkozy’s mother was Jewish.  I’m not a rabbi, so I don’t know if that makes him a Jew.  So is the President of France anti-semitic for saying Netanyahu is a liar?  How about the Israeli journalists who say the same thing?

          Maybe Netanyahu is a liar, ever consider that?
           

          • http://otisthehand.blogspot.com/ OTIS the hand

            If Hitler had Jewish roots (as many speculate,) would he be immune to charges of antisemitism? Just as being black supposedly shields one from charges of racism? When race is the prism through which all conduct is judged, who is the racist?

          • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

            @Jeff_Blogworthy:disqus asked:

            When race is the prism through which all conduct is judged, who is the racist?

            He who uses that prism, of course, despite what the Democrats would have you believe.

          • Anonymous

            So Sarkozy is like Hitler?   Ooooo- tay.

            Funny that politicians are liars and charlatans in all countries but Israel, where they are all saints beyond reproach. And if you say otherwise, you’re an anti-semite.

          • http://otisthehand.blogspot.com/ OTIS the hand

            Solidarity with OWS doesn’t help either.

          • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

            @Jeff_Blogworthy:disqus , I see chicka’s takeaway from your post and shake my head…  That level of stupid takes work.

      • Anonymous

        Actually Chico – your a racist, because to you Barney Frank is a Jewish elected official, instead of simply a gay man who was sanctioned before congress for statutory rape of his under age page.

        (Im stealing that from an old afterschool special – cant find a reference.)

        • Anonymous

          You’re mixing Frank up with Gerry Studds.

        • Anonymous

          Nah.

          Barney’s FWank was the one who joint-venture ran a sodomites-for-hire service from his DC pad. Until the press got on to him and he went out of business. But not before, in one of the all-time-best Freudian and/or Alcoholic Slips, during his closing-down press conference, saying that his boy-fwend/business-partner had taken him for a sucker. 

          And for a quite a few um Bucks.

  • Anonymous

    Helen Thomas, eat your heart out!!

  • retired.military

    President Obama.  Pissing off allies one day at a time.