Video: Sarkozy assesses Obama

posted at 11:36 am on September 30, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Jack Kelly tells Fox News that his sources say that French president Nicolas Sarkozy considers Barack Obama “incredibly naive and grossly egotistical,” which says something coming from France. Naivete can be cured if the afflicted is willing to learn, but Kelly also says that Sarkozy is convinced that “nothing can dent [Obama's] naivete,” a quality that we have learned the hard way during the health-care debate. Gateway Pundit has the video, which will reaffirm conservative evaluations of President Obama but little else:

Of course, in another context, this could be portrayed as strength and resolve rather than obstinacy and ignorance. It depends on the context. For instance, when George W. Bush acted in dissonance from our European allies, many accused him of being ignorant and addicted to a “cowboy mentality”, which sounds a lot like “naive and egotistical”. And for conservatives, we would probably scoff at Obama if he got resounding support from France, which puts him in a lose-lose situation here.

It’s best to stick with our own assessments, which in this case, already fit perfectly with Sarkozy’s analysis before the French president ever met him.


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Racist!

jjshaka on September 30, 2009 at 11:38 AM

Sarkozy is an arrogant snob if this story is true. And you so-called Americans who support Sarkozy’s comments over our president are scumbags.

You are really stupid.

Norman Blizter on September 30, 2009 at 10:43 AM

??
win?

daesleeper on September 30, 2009 at 11:39 AM

Oh my.

Shy Guy on September 30, 2009 at 11:39 AM

Who is surprised at this?

GaltBlvnAtty on September 30, 2009 at 11:39 AM

Dead on balls accurate.

rjoco1 on September 30, 2009 at 11:40 AM

Oh, this will surely get Obama all “oui oui’d” up!

atlgal on September 30, 2009 at 11:40 AM

??
win?

daesleeper on September 30, 2009 at 11:39 AM

You should see what that Mensa candidate writes on other blogs (Debbie Schlussel’s comes to mind)….

My opinion of those cheese eating surrender monkeys is changing due to Sarkozy. Just a little, anyway.

mjk on September 30, 2009 at 11:41 AM

Naivete can be cured if the afflicted is willing to learn, but Kelly also says that Sarkozy is convinced that “nothing can dent [Obama's] naivete,”

in other words, The Precedent is an unteachable moron. He’s too stupid to be able to learn much of anything … as anyone knew the minute he let his “profit and earnings ratios” rip. The unbridled stupidity needed to utter such an intensely moronic “idea” (though it was far too incoherent to even be called an ‘idea’) was all the evidence needed. But … many still try and pretend that it didn’t mean what it meant.

The Precedent is not naive. He’s a blithering idiot.

progressoverpeace on September 30, 2009 at 11:41 AM

Obama has now made a personal effort to bring the games to Chicago. Based on the European view of Obama, they will do their best to give it to Rio. Saying “No” to a US President will give them a special pleasure, especially seeing that this would be personal with no strategic importance.

J_Crater on September 30, 2009 at 11:41 AM

Incredibly naive and grossly egotistical.

mmmmmm mmmmmm mmmmm.

ttime500 on September 30, 2009 at 11:41 AM

Reader’s Digest Version:

“Obama is a self-absorbed pu$$y.”

Daggett on September 30, 2009 at 11:42 AM

No more arugula quiche at the White House…

PatriotRider on September 30, 2009 at 11:42 AM

Oh, this will surely get Obama all “oui oui’d” up!

LMAO. I nominate this line for thread winnah.

radioboyatl on September 30, 2009 at 11:42 AM

atlgal on September 30, 2009 at 11:40 AM

You win the thread with that comment!

jwolf on September 30, 2009 at 11:42 AM

Sarkozy is an arrogant snob if this story is true. And you so-called Americans who support Sarkozy’s comments over our president are scumbags.

You are really stupid.

Norman Blizter on September 30, 2009 at 10:43 AM

Than you dipstick . . . and you have a nice day also.

rplat on September 30, 2009 at 11:42 AM

Of course, in another context, this could be portrayed as strength and resolve rather than obstinacy and ignorance. It depends on the context. For instance, when George W. Bush acted in dissonance from our European allies, many accused him of being ignorant and addicted to a “cowboy mentality”, which sounds a lot like “naive and egotistical”. And for conservatives, we would probably scoff at Obama if he got resounding support from France, which puts him in a lose-lose situation here.

NO WAY, Ed!

You’re missing the point.

It’s not FRANCE that is tired of Obama

It’s the most RIGHTWING, PRO-AMERICAN French LEADER that is tired of Obama.

Two totally different things.

If the Aussies’ John Howard scoffed at Bush and we thought it a badge of honor, and NOW took Sarko seriously, I’d get your point.

But you are comparing a rightist that LIKES the usa dissing on a prez to an entire CONTINENT of cigarette smoking beret wearing Bronson Pinchot lookalikes dissing on a prez

INCOMPATIBLE!

battleoflepanto1571 on September 30, 2009 at 11:43 AM

How long did it take Sarkozy to come to this conclusion? Most Americans knew it by February 1, 2009.

Vashta.Nerada on September 30, 2009 at 11:45 AM

Incredibly naive and grossly egotistical.

mmmmmm mmmmmm mmmmm.

ttime500 on September 30, 2009 at 11:41 AM

mmm mmm mmm

petefrt on September 30, 2009 at 11:45 AM

When Sarkozy throws the muslems out of France, before they take over the country, then I’ll pay more attention to him.

Rebar on September 30, 2009 at 11:45 AM

mjk on September 30, 2009 at 11:41 AM

Believe me. I know. I googled this mofo just to see what kind of lapdog he is. I think he is an alter ego of Shlussel or whater her name is…

daesleeper on September 30, 2009 at 11:45 AM

I agree with the assessment but I also abhor comments based on “…I have a friend who has a friend…”. To quote Ochocinco, child please.

anticucho on September 30, 2009 at 11:45 AM

LMAO. I nominate this line for thread winnah.

radioboyatl on September 30, 2009 at 11:42 AM

You win the thread with that comment!

jwolf on September 30, 2009 at 11:42 AM

Heh. I’m just back from Oktoberfest in Germany where I imbibed plenty of yummy beer and told the locals all about Obama and what’s going on over here….made a few jaws drop. So, I’m feeling pretty good about now!

atlgal on September 30, 2009 at 11:46 AM

Not Kenyan. Obama’s French.

ElectricPhase on September 30, 2009 at 11:46 AM

Sounds like he was describing Hussein!

BigMike252 on September 30, 2009 at 11:46 AM

I’d much rather have other countries think of our president as a cowboy and a bully than naive and egotistical or weak, as OBL did.

cibolo on September 30, 2009 at 11:47 AM

Jack Kelly tells Fox News that his sources say that French president Nicolas Sarkozy considers

it’s hard to believe that this deranged wingnut posing as a columnist has any sources anywhere, let alone in sarkozy’s inner circle. but hey, it confirms conservative delusions so why not treat it as NEWS OF THE DAY.

sesquipedalian on September 30, 2009 at 11:48 AM

I wouldn’t say this is a “win,” per se. I will say, however, that Sarko makes my decision to travel with family back to France a little bit easier.

Diane on September 30, 2009 at 11:48 AM

… “cowboy mentality”, which sounds a lot like “naive and egotistical”.

No, it doesn’t. The respective derogations conjure up entirely different portraits, with the former recalling certain storied American virtue and the latter nothing more than someone who hasn’t grown up yet — or far worse.

But Sarkozy’s very assessment was naive. Obama’s naivete is actually willful, and malign. It is not naivete so much as ideological drive matched with heedlessness to its consequences, and with no interest in learning.

rrpjr on September 30, 2009 at 11:50 AM

Sarkozy is an arrogant snob if this story is true. And you so-called Americans who support Sarkozy’s comments over our president are scumbags.

You are really stupid.

Norman Blizter on September 30, 2009 at 10:43 AM

That’s a compelling argument you make there. Were you on the debating team at Harvard?

fogw on September 30, 2009 at 11:50 AM

it’s hard to believe that this deranged wingnut posing as a columnist has any sources anywhere, let alone in sarkozy’s inner circle. but hey, it confirms conservative delusions so why not treat it as NEWS OF THE DAY.

sesquipedalian on September 30, 2009 at 11:48 AM

1. Conservatives pose factual and logical arguments
2. Liberals reply with ad hominem attacks against the messenger

battleoflepanto1571 on September 30, 2009 at 11:50 AM

Racist!

jjshaka on September 30, 2009 at 11:38 AM

funny…never gets old…quick draw!

max1 on September 30, 2009 at 11:50 AM

When a haughty Frenchman calls you egotistical, chances are good that you probably are.

Bishop on September 30, 2009 at 11:50 AM

Oh, this will surely get Obama all “oui oui’d” up!

atlgal on September 30, 2009 at 11:40 AM

HA HHAA … yet another KNEE-SLAPPAH!

max1 on September 30, 2009 at 11:51 AM

hmmm… Did Barry perchance ogle the sweet Mrs. Sarko when he was a broad, er, abroad…

max1 on September 30, 2009 at 11:52 AM

megalomaniac. Get it right.

marklmail on September 30, 2009 at 11:53 AM

Sarkozy forgot”and f***ing stupid”

theTarCzar on September 30, 2009 at 11:54 AM

it’s hard to believe that this deranged wingnut posing as a columnist has any sources anywhere, let alone in sarkozy’s inner circle. but hey, it confirms conservative delusions so why not treat it as NEWS OF THE DAY.
sesquipedalian on September 30, 2009 at 11:48 AM

It’s hard to believe that people are incapable of reading direct quotes from the subject of the thread, in this case Sarkozy, not some anonymous source.

You feel stupid now, don’t you?

Bishop on September 30, 2009 at 11:55 AM

I guess mocking “Freedom fries” looks rather silly now, eh, Lefties?

Will Bill O’Reilly call for a boycott of France?!!?!?!?!?!?

SouthernGent on September 30, 2009 at 11:55 AM

But you are comparing a rightist that LIKES the usa dissing on a prez to an entire CONTINENT of cigarette smoking beret wearing Bronson Pinchot lookalikes dissing on a prez

battleoflepanto1571 on September 30, 2009 at 11:43 AM

Don’t insult Bronson Pinchot. Serge from Beverly Hills Cop is f*cking hilarious. Plus who can forget Perfect Strangers?

Shock the Monkey on September 30, 2009 at 11:55 AM

Oh, this will surely get Obama all “oui oui’d” up!

atlgal on September 30, 2009 at 11:40 AM

I tip my beret to you. Well played.

Monica on September 30, 2009 at 11:55 AM

Of course, in another context, this could be portrayed as strength and resolve rather than obstinacy and ignorance. It depends on the context.

You are correct. In another context where the lives of 5 million Jews weren’t swinging in the balance and a fundamental matter of courage wasn’t a factor, then strength and resolve could be attributes that the One may be displaying. However, it’s not. The endangering of lives by failing to hold an Islamofascist regime hell-bent on Israel’s destruction most clearly demonstrates weakness and ignorance to the reality that there is evil in this world, and it must be confronted with strength.

Obama failed to demonstrate that and Sarkozy appropriately characterized him in this context.

ted c on September 30, 2009 at 11:59 AM

it’s hardnecessary to believedisbelieve that this deranged wingnut posing as a columnist has any sources anywhere, let alone in sarkozy’s inner circle. but hey, it confirms conservativeto confirmpreserve my Leftist delusions so why not treat it as NEWS OF THE DAY.

sesquipedalianpipsqueakadelian on September 30, 2009 at 11:48 AM

venividivici on September 30, 2009 at 11:59 AM

But, but, but, but, everyone was supposed to love Obama….I don’t understand.

right2bright on September 30, 2009 at 11:59 AM

Somehow I seriously doubt that Sarkozy would make such a destructive statement on the record. Even if he did, though, it’s pretty much par for the course for French opinions of American leadership all the way back to Washington.

I happen to think that he’s right, but I don’t care for a cheese-eating surrender monkey talking like that about my President. The Polish and Czech denouncements of Obama’s policies were legit (he sold them down the river), but even if I don’t like Obama (at all), I don’t like my President being trashed publicly by foreign beneficiaries of our largess. 60 years of it, in fact. You get to play socialist because of 60 years of our military expenditures, Sarkozy.

Meh, it’s like family. I get to trash my family, not you.

spmat on September 30, 2009 at 12:00 PM

I must say, it is fairly amusing watching the euro-coniptions in reaction to the possibility of not having the big-bad, uni-lateralist, hyper-power Americans cover for their irresponsible nanny state spending at the expense of their own defense. Talk about chickens coming home to roost.

I wonder if their “cowboy mentality” derisions may be more muted next time we have a Prez with nads?

NOT!

Archimedes on September 30, 2009 at 12:00 PM

What a difference a year makes! And no wonder the Europeans love this clown. How low can we go?

mozalf on September 30, 2009 at 12:01 PM

Hope and change, cont’d:

Obama’s magic is already improving world relations.

For instance, I have a strange new respect for France.

tsj017 on September 30, 2009 at 12:01 PM

I’d much rather have other countries think of our president as a cowboy and a bully than naive and egotistical or weak, as OBL did.

cibolo on September 30, 2009 at 11:47 AM

Ditto….Reagan was the “cowboy” and the day he was elected, we got our men released…and Kadafi found out what an American cowboy does in his spare time, we hadn’t heard from him until recently.

right2bright on September 30, 2009 at 12:02 PM

Sarkozy is an arrogant snob if this story is true. And you so-called Americans who support Sarkozy’s comments over our president are scumbags.

You are really stupid.

Norman Blizter on September 30, 2009 at 10:43 AM

and you felt exactly this way when Bush caught all the French flack I presume?

max1 on September 30, 2009 at 12:02 PM

Of course, in another context, this could be portrayed as strength and resolve rather than obstinacy and ignorance. It depends on the context. For instance, when George W. Bush acted in dissonance from our European allies, many accused him of being ignorant and addicted to a “cowboy mentality”, which sounds a lot like “naive and egotistical”. And for conservatives, we would probably scoff at Obama if he got resounding support from France, which puts him in a lose-lose situation here.

Very true.

ernesto on September 30, 2009 at 12:02 PM

Very true.

ernesto on September 30, 2009 at 12:02 PM

In what way?

So bush attacked by a NATION of French is equivalent to obama attacked by a single right-wing French LEADER?

5 bucks says you can’t explain yourself.

battleoflepanto1571 on September 30, 2009 at 12:04 PM

This reminds me of the time former West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt called then President Jimmy Carter a dumbbell.

At least Sarkozy is being honest in his assessment of B.O., and he is actually more dead-on accurate that he thinks.

pilamaye on September 30, 2009 at 12:04 PM

Ed, The bigger point is that Obama ran as the candidate that would get the world to love us again. If Sarkozy had praised him, even though we would scoff, the left could honestly say “look, we are improving our image in the world”.
He is failing to improve our “image” and we have every right to point it out. Hell, if a Frenchman calls him egotistical, that really says something about him

redshirt on September 30, 2009 at 12:06 PM

Vive La France!!
A bas Obama!!!

Hening on September 30, 2009 at 12:06 PM

battleoflepanto1571 on September 30, 2009 at 12:04 PM

Its Ed’s point, not mine, first of all. Secondly, its about the charge, not who’s leveling it. The charge of cowboy mentality IS in essence quite similar to the charge being currently level…that’s all I was saying. No need to inject this cursory circumstance of who’s doing the charging…the comparison was about the charge itself.

ernesto on September 30, 2009 at 12:06 PM

Hope and change, cont’d:

Obama’s magic is already improving world relations.

For instance, I have a strange new respect for France.

tsj017 on September 30, 2009 at 12:01 PM

LOL

Hening on September 30, 2009 at 12:07 PM

I don’t like the French making derogatory statements about the POTUS no matter who is in the White House. Although, I might agree, I still don’t like it.

d1carter on September 30, 2009 at 12:08 PM

Of course, in another context, this could be portrayed as strength and resolve rather than obstinacy and ignorance.

“Strength and resolve” are not the opposite of “naive and egotistical”, so this is quite false. One can display, for egotistical reasons, strength and resolve in the service of goals that are naive.

venividivici on September 30, 2009 at 12:09 PM

Oh, this will surely get Obama all “oui oui’d” up!
LMAO. I nominate this line for thread winnah.

radioboyatl on September 30, 2009 at 11:42 AM

Yeah, I second the motion. Now that I’ve wiped down screen that is. Thread winner for sure.

Archimedes on September 30, 2009 at 12:10 PM

The charge of cowboy mentality IS in essence quite similar to the charge being currently level…that’s all I was saying.

ernesto on September 30, 2009 at 12:06 PM

Er … not even close. Naivete is not part of the “cowboy mentality”. Neither is egotism, frankly.

Do you have no understanding of what is meant by the “cowboy mentality”? It has to do with individualism and fearlessness. It is not even close to “naive and egotistical”.

progressoverpeace on September 30, 2009 at 12:11 PM

Whether or not anyone agrees or disagrees with Mr. Obama’s handling of the situation, how do you get around that the announcement of Iran’s second (we hope not more) nuclear facility was announced in Pittsburgh instead of the U.N.? The U.N. is exactly where these things are suppose to be thrashed out not the G-20.

Cindy Munford on September 30, 2009 at 12:11 PM

Dear Europe,

Miss me yet? Oh yeah that’s right, you all thought me an evil cowboy. Enjoy your time with this moron suckers.

Love,
Dubya

PS: Czech and Poland – Sorry, seriously

Defector01 on September 30, 2009 at 12:12 PM

Do you have no understanding of what is meant by the “cowboy mentality”? It has to do with individualism and fearlessness. It is not even close to “naive and egotistical”.

progressoverpeace on September 30, 2009 at 12:11 PM

fearlessness can be interpreted as naivete, and individualism can be interpreted as simple egotistical behavior…but again, this wasn’t my point, it was Ed’s. I was merely agreeing.

ernesto on September 30, 2009 at 12:14 PM

It’s hard to believe that people are incapable of reading direct quotes from the subject of the thread, in this case Sarkozy, not some anonymous source.

You feel stupid now, don’t you?

Bishop on September 30, 2009 at 11:55 AM

i can’t see sarkozy actually say these things anywhere. knowing kelly’s tenuous relationship with reality, i’d bet he’s making these things up to confirm his concocted storyline.

sesquipedalian on September 30, 2009 at 12:14 PM

ted c on September 30, 2009 at 11:59 AM

Concise, factual and on point. Well encapsulated Ted, thank for handling that one rather nicely.

Cheers!

Archimedes on September 30, 2009 at 12:15 PM

No doubt in my mind that Netanyahu concurs with Sarkozy and could expound on this assessment.

betsyz on September 30, 2009 at 12:16 PM

ted c on September 30, 2009 at 11:59 AM

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Dead on.

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hillbillyjim on September 30, 2009 at 12:16 PM

Sarkozy is an arrogant snob if this story is true. And you so-called Americans who support Sarkozy’s comments over our president are scumbags.

You are really stupid.

Norman Blizter on September 30, 2009 at 10:43 AM

Don’t blame me that the president is so egotistical his naivete is dent proof.

I voted for the other guy.

jhffmn on September 30, 2009 at 12:18 PM

Oh

, this will surely get Obama all “oui oui’d” up!

Oblahma is sloganeering over in France and expressed his bad manners. This was very easy for Sarkozy to observe.

seven on September 30, 2009 at 12:19 PM

fearlessness can be interpreted as naivete,

Huh? Not in any reasonable, or accurate, way. You might as well just interpret fearlessness as “an apple”.

and individualism can be interpreted as simple egotistical behavior…

Again, this is just not true, unless you accept wildly ridiculous interprretations.

but again, this wasn’t my point, it was Ed’s. I was merely agreeing.

ernesto on September 30, 2009 at 12:14 PM

And I was disagreeing with anyone who agreed with the statement, because it showed a terrible lack of understanding the “cowboy mentality”. The most negative quality that NORMAL people ascribe to the “cowboy mentality” would be recklessness, which has nothing to do naivete nor egotism.

progressoverpeace on September 30, 2009 at 12:19 PM

i can’t see sarkozy actually say these things anywhere. knowing kelly’s tenuous relationship with reality, i’d bet he’s making these things up to confirm his concocted storyline.

sesquipedalian on September 30, 2009 at 12:14 PM

Where’s the “concocting” in the storyline? Nothing at your link proves the storyline is “concocted”. Are we supposed to just take your word for it?

venividivici on September 30, 2009 at 12:23 PM

What’s more important? Protecting President Mom-Jeans’s precious image or protecting the free world. Dems obviously choose the former. Putting Iran “on notice” is, increasingly, a weak foreign policy.

Christien on September 30, 2009 at 12:24 PM

I’m told that Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and chief economic adviser Lawrence Summers have both complained to senior Wall Street execs that they have almost no say in major policy decisions. Obama economic counselor Paul Volcker, the former Fed chairman, is barely consulted at all on just about anything — not even issues involving the banking system, of which he is among the world’s leading authorities.

At most, the economic people and their staffs get asked to do cost analyses of Obama’s initiatives for the White House political people — who then ignore their advice.

Wow. Worse than I thought.

J_Crater on September 30, 2009 at 12:24 PM

The most negative quality that NORMAL people ascribe to the “cowboy mentality” would be recklessness, which has nothing to do naivete nor egotism.

progressoverpeace on September 30, 2009 at 12:19 PM

Where I’m from “cowboy mentality” is an asset and not a drawback. We have a set of beliefs shaped by previous situations and think things through thoroughly
in most cases. When we make snap decisions they too are formed by experience and foreknowledge.

thomasaur on September 30, 2009 at 12:25 PM

In other news, water is wet and the sun rose once again in the east this morning.

Mo_mac on September 30, 2009 at 12:26 PM

Sarkozy’s exactly right. The prez is pathological

clnurnberg on September 30, 2009 at 12:27 PM

thomasaur on September 30, 2009 at 12:25 PM

I agree. I was just stating the most negative aspect of what people mean when they try to say “the cowboy mentality” in a derogatory way, to show ernesto that naivete and egotism have no connection to it, at all.

progressoverpeace on September 30, 2009 at 12:27 PM

When France is scoffing at you, it’s time to go home.

MadisonConservative on September 30, 2009 at 12:32 PM

Sarkozy is of Hungarian roots. He probably didn’t like Obama’s throwing E. Europe under the bus the way he did recently.

angryed on September 30, 2009 at 12:32 PM

For the first time in my adult life, I’m proud of France.

Chuck Schick on September 30, 2009 at 12:32 PM

Oh, this will surely get Obama all “oui oui’d” up!

atlgal on September 30, 2009 at 11:40 AM

Heh heh…excellent

It’s The Pierre Principle, HRH Hussein is in over his pay grade.

ornery_independent on September 30, 2009 at 12:32 PM

awesome, the president of FRANCE thiks Obamas arrogance endangers us FRANCE!

when I posted the comments Sarkozy made about living in the real world at the G20, trollz descended claiming I made it up, lol

so I linked the French Embassy transcript and they dried up, heh

Now Gore Vidalo says he made a mistake switching from Hill to Obama in our primaries and TOTUS is doing miserably, gee ya think? Of course then he goes on to say Americnas are ignorant

funny how we ignorant Dems kept voting for Hill LOOOONG after the media told us it was over…(and they explained it of course by saying everyone in TX OH PA WVA KY was raaaacist) no word on how we won MASS CA NJ NY despite the media hype and Kennedy tours, lol

funny how 49% of Americans , at least, knew TOTUS was the wrong choice even with MAC as the option

When will the ‘intellectual elitists’ get a grip and realize we do not WANT or NEED them to tell us how to live our lives??

sigh

GIRD YOUR LOINS WORLD, AMERICA IS VOTING PRESENT

ginaswo on September 30, 2009 at 12:36 PM

Where’s the “concocting” in the storyline? Nothing at your link proves the storyline is “concocted”. Are we supposed to just take your word for it?

venividivici on September 30, 2009 at 12:23 PM

yes, you can take my word for it.

sesquipedalian on September 30, 2009 at 12:37 PM

No doubt ‘Norm Blitzer’ (who’s annoying us at this site) is the illegitimate progeny of Wolf B.

Proving, I suppose, liberalism might be a genetic disease.

alwyr on September 30, 2009 at 12:38 PM

They love me……….

ObamatheMessiah on September 30, 2009 at 12:38 PM

Oh, this will surely get Obama all “oui oui’d” up!

atlgal on September 30, 2009 at 11:40 AM

Rats! I was going to say that Barry was very oui-ouied off when he heard that comment. Now my comment is no longer any good.

bayview on September 30, 2009 at 12:39 PM

Kelly’s not the only one making the charge:

The French President is attempting a little one-upmanship over Mr Obama. He has made no secret of his frustration over the US leader’s failure to respond to his overtures. Privately, he sees Mr Obama as overrated and now politically weakened. He is said to have given him “9 out of 20” for his speech on the economy and healthcare this month.

“World Agenda: Why Sarkozy is happy to be a nuisance to les Anglo-Saxons”; London Times, 9/17.

DrSteve on September 30, 2009 at 12:39 PM

Sarkozy already said this, more or less, during the campaign, during 0bama’s little trip to Europe.

Sign of the Dollar on September 30, 2009 at 12:40 PM

Obama’s all oui-oui’d up.
hoosiermama on September 30, 2009 at 9:19 AM

Oh, this will surely get Obama all “oui oui’d” up!

atlgal on September 30, 2009 at 11:40 AM

ROTFL! Great minds and all that…but I missed Oktoberfest. I could use a little Oktoberfest with all the bad news out today/this week/this last year.

hoosiermama on September 30, 2009 at 12:41 PM

Let me guess…Obama gave Sarkozy a boxed set of Jerry Lewis DVDs?

James on September 30, 2009 at 12:42 PM

Rats! I was going to say that Barry was very oui-ouied off when he heard that comment. Now my comment is no longer any good.

bayview on September 30, 2009 at 12:39 PM

Oh that’s a good one too. :D The jokes pretty much write themselves. Unfortunately.

hoosiermama on September 30, 2009 at 12:42 PM

ARGH. ^

hoosiermama on September 30, 2009 at 12:43 PM

yes, you can take my word for it.

sesquipedalian on September 30, 2009 at 12:37 PM

Oh please, like someone thinking Obama is naive and arrogant is such a stretch. It’s not like he called him competent.

Chuck Schick on September 30, 2009 at 12:43 PM

yes, you can take my word for it.

sesquipedalian on September 30, 2009 at 12:37 PM

I wouldn’t take your word for anything for all the cheese in France.

venividivici on September 30, 2009 at 12:45 PM

ginaswo on September 30, 2009 at 12:36 PM

here’s sarkozy on O being “incredibly naive and grossly egotistical:”

So, ladies and gentlemen, my dear colleagues, this is what I believe, in full support of what was decided in the resolution and in full support of President Obama’s initiative. What I believe is that by having the courage to strengthen sanctions, together, against countries that violate Security Council resolutions, we will give credibility to our commitment to a world whose future holds fewer nuclear weapons and perhaps, one day, no nuclear weapons.

a truly searing rebuke.

sesquipedalian on September 30, 2009 at 12:46 PM

cibolo on September 30, 2009 at 11:47 AM

amen

cmsinaz on September 30, 2009 at 12:46 PM

Only a sissy will try to compensate by puffing the chest out like Gordon Brown did in the picture.

bayview on September 30, 2009 at 12:47 PM

Why didn’t Sarkozy be more honest and go all the way?

Mr. Obama is extremely thin-skinned, intellectually dishonest and lazy, takes credit for other people’s hard work.

Sir Napsalot on September 30, 2009 at 12:47 PM

in other words, The Precedent is an unteachable moron. He’s too stupid to be able to learn much of anything … as anyone knew the minute he let his “profit and earnings ratios” rip. The unbridled stupidity needed to utter such an intensely moronic “idea” (though it was far too incoherent to even be called an ‘idea’) was all the evidence needed. But … many still try and pretend that it didn’t mean what it meant.

The Precedent is not naive. He’s a blithering idiot.

progressoverpeace on September 30, 2009 at 11:41 AM

Forgot the old American Insurance Group thing?

Fighton03 on September 30, 2009 at 12:47 PM

yes, you can take my word for it.

sesquipedalian on September 30, 2009 at 12:37 PM

only to the dump…

Fighton03 on September 30, 2009 at 12:50 PM

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