Obamateurism of the Day
posted at 8:05 am on April 15, 2009 by Ed Morrissey
How do you say “D’oh!” en Français? When Barack Obama tried wowing the French at his town hall meeting, he wound up needed a prompt from the audience when his Teleprompter apparently froze:
PRESIDENT OBAMA: … First, because, for all our differences, there are certain values that bind us together and reveal our common humanity: the universal longing to live a life free from fear and free from want, a life marked by dignity and respect and simple justice. Our two republics were founded in service of these ideals. In America it is written into our founding documents as life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. In France, liberté …[freezes]
AUDIENCE MEMBER: Egalité.
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Absolutely — (laughter, cheers, applause) — egalité, fraternité.
What makes this so classic is the pose Obama strikes while waiting for the Teleprompter to move. And how difficult is it to remember Liberté, egalité, fraternité — especially when it’s the theme of the “we’re really all the same” speech Obama was giving?
Zut alors! Or, perhaps, merde.
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