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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Les adultes sont responsables.

Le getalife.

Del Dolemonte on September 30, 2009 at 12:50 PM

Les adultes sont responsables.

Le getalife.

Del Dolemonte on September 30, 2009 at 12:50 PM

Le LOL.

Missy on September 30, 2009 at 12:53 PM

a truly searing rebuke.

sesquipedalian on September 30, 2009 at 12:46 PM

Wow. A politician who says one thing in public and another in private.

What next? Movies that talk?

Chuck Schick on September 30, 2009 at 12:53 PM

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

spmat on September 30, 2009 at 12:00 PM

I’m with you on this. Pres Obama is my President regardless of my poor opinion about him. Some of the reactions here remind me of how Lefites would jump all over negative comments made about Reagan or Bush. Regardless of politics, each President is OUR President (for now).
And I doubt that Sarkozy would be foolish enough to say anything on the record.

Red State State of Mind on September 30, 2009 at 12:54 PM

Though I agree with Sarkozy, I still can’t cheer on a Frenchman when he criticizes an American. I like how he seems to be pro-American but he has yet to prove hismelf in my eyes. He was weak when Russia invaded Georgia, is a non-factor when it comes to Iran, seems to support the child rapist Polanski and needs to challenge Obama on economic policy instead of dishing out personal attacks which accomplish nothing.

Sarkozy may be tolerable but around 70% of the French population is still worthless.

Daemonocracy on September 30, 2009 at 12:55 PM

Sarkozy said that? Well, he’s a lot smarter than I have given him credit for. Too bad I can’t say the same for the 53% of this country who voted for this fraud.

Dark Star on September 30, 2009 at 12:57 PM

Though I agree with Sarkozy, I still can’t cheer on a Frenchman when he criticizes an American.

Daemonocracy on September 30, 2009 at 12:55 PM

Since when is Hussein an American?

angryed on September 30, 2009 at 12:57 PM

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.

sesquipedalian343 on September 30, 2009 at 11:48 AM

Methinks that you are confused, as usual. This is Jack Kelly, not Jack Kelley. Kelley with an E is the one you’re thinking of.

Del Dolemonte on September 30, 2009 at 12:59 PM

Since when is Hussein an American?

angryed on September 30, 2009 at 12:57 PM

LOL, I thought he was Hawaiian.

Del Dolemonte on September 30, 2009 at 12:59 PM

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,”

Touche’, Sarko! Didn’t we hear the same thing from Hillary during the campaign?

We shouldn’t under-estimate Sarkozy, even if he’s French. Sarkozy, when he was Interior Minister, was willing to take on Muslim rioters head-on in 2005, and as mayor of Neuilly (a suburb of Paris), actively negotiated with a deranged lunatic who had taken small children hostage in a classroom, and eventually the French equivalent of a SWAT team ended up shooting the hostage-taker and freeing all the children safely. Sarkozy has already displayed courage under pressure many times, and his foreign-policy judgment can be trusted.

Obama’s naivete is doubly dangerous because he THINKS he’s smart, and knows better than anyone else, because throughout his “career” he has been able to deflect criticism by whining about racism. He has been “living in a bubble” of small groups of adoring fans, never really facing up to real problems and real enemies who hate this country, who cannot be persuaded by words alone.

He has dissed France, one of America’s most faithful allies, as well as more recent allies in Poland and the Czech Republic by leaving them defenseless against Iran. When General McChrystal, appointed by Obama himself, has requested 40,000 more troops in Afghanistan, Obama won’t speak to him.

Will America survive another 3 years of Obama? Will Obama FINALLY wake up and listen someone other than himself? Or will he ignore Sarkozy because Sarkozy doesn’t vote in American elections? Who CAN bring Obama to face reality?

Steve Z on September 30, 2009 at 1:01 PM

Regardless of politics, each President is OUR President (for now).

Red State State of Mind on September 30, 2009 at 12:54 PM

Obama hates this country. He is doing everything he can to destroy it. Any criticism of him is welcome. This isn’t your father’s president.

angryed on September 30, 2009 at 1:05 PM

LOL, I thought he was Hawaiian.

Del Dolemonte on September 30, 2009 at 12:59 PM

The Lyin’ Hawaiian. Has a nice ring to it.

fogw on September 30, 2009 at 1:05 PM

LOL, I thought he was Hawaiian.

Del Dolemonte on September 30, 2009 at 12:59 PM

He’s American by birth. He’s not even remotely American in what he thinks or believes.

angryed on September 30, 2009 at 1:06 PM

Sarko pretty well sums it up.

james23 on September 30, 2009 at 1:13 PM

LOL, I thought he was Hawaiian.

Del Dolemonte on September 30, 2009 at 12:59 PM

Yeah, Hawaii is a beautiful country (hat tip to Red Eye)

Red State State of Mind on September 30, 2009 at 1:14 PM

I wonder if we will hear Sarkozy’s assessment of Mrs. Obama.

redwhiteblue on September 30, 2009 at 1:22 PM

I wonder if we will hear Sarkozy’s assessment of Mrs. Obama.

redwhiteblue on September 30, 2009 at 1:22 PM

Elle est un chien…mais…je ne suis pas agréable

SouthernGent on September 30, 2009 at 1:24 PM

I wonder if we will hear Sarkozy’s assessment of Mrs. Obama.

redwhiteblue on September 30, 2009 at 1:22 PM

Which Sarkozy? Mr. or Mrs.?

unclesmrgol on September 30, 2009 at 1:25 PM

Der.

CynicalOptimist on September 30, 2009 at 1:27 PM

Still waiting for a French animated sitcom to immortalize the phrase “Cheeseburger-eating Surrender-Monkeys.” Sadly, I don’t think we’ll have long to wait. Worse, they may be on the mark at the pace we’re going.

Blacksmith on September 30, 2009 at 1:30 PM

Eh they were both arrogant depending on how you look at it. But Cowboy and naive are two very different terms. At least the cowboy recognized evil as it is, the naive man child thinks that he can heal the world.

xax on September 30, 2009 at 1:36 PM

Sorry, the one who trashes and trashed the office of US presidency is the current occupant, not some french guy.

Besides, he is speaking the truth, no amount of not-speaking will hide it.

Sir Napsalot on September 30, 2009 at 1:39 PM

Part of me wants to say stick it up your…….Sarkozy! For too long these idiots in Europe could play “good guys” while Bush did the dirty work and got was labeled “evil”. Well sorry 52% of our population became temporary insane partially due to Europe not “liking” us anymore. Time for the Lymies, Frogs and Krauts to man-up until the cavalry arrives.

Caper29 on September 30, 2009 at 1:39 PM

Someone has probably already mentioned this, but my take on this begs just one question: Regardless of whether you agree with Sarkozy or not, I thought Obama was going to change this negative view toward the United States; why hasn’t this happened?

BKeyser on September 30, 2009 at 1:42 PM

Meow. I must subdue my catty snark for now. But will enjoy this funny stuff later on. Since we have to actually live under the dictatorship of this naive and egotistical man…it’s important that we at least try to have some fun! Snark on!

redwhiteblue on September 30, 2009 at 1:43 PM

Le LOL.

Missy on September 30, 2009 at 12:53 PM

Never did see getalife and Pepe le Pew in the same room at the same time, did we?

Del Dolemonte on September 30, 2009 at 1:44 PM

Regardless of whether you agree with Sarkozy or not, I thought Obama was going to change this negative view toward the United States; why hasn’t this happened?

BKeyser on September 30, 2009 at 1:42 PM

All of those other foreign leaders are too busy laughing at him.

Del Dolemonte on September 30, 2009 at 1:46 PM

He’s American by birth. He’s not even remotely American in what he thinks or believes.

angryed on September 30, 2009 at 1:06 PM

This ties into something I’ve felt for a while but haven’t truly been able to put into words.

America isn’t a geographical thing, it’s not a racial or genetic thing. It’s not something that can be passed on simply by birth. This physical part of this ‘nation’ is the largest blending of..well…every possible group. But America is really a unique Idea. Immigration to this country shows that some of the best examples of the American ideal are not from those who have been here since before the mayflower, but the ones who just came off the boat.

The American ideal is one of opening new doors, cutting new paths, and bearing the risks of failure on the chance of success (sometimes very slim chances).

Obama is NOT that. He looks to ‘join every other democratic nation’…as if those nations (or ours for that matter) are democracies. He looks for safety in the group, saying one thing in SanFran, and another in Scranton. He looks to a model where everyone owns everything…therefore no one is at fault when something goes wrong, and no one is responsible. It’s just a tragedy..or a ‘man caused tragedy’.

I don’t care where Obama was born, nor do I care about birth canal patriotism. Obama is not an American.

Fighton03 on September 30, 2009 at 1:46 PM

Freedom French Fries for everyone!

Scrappy on September 30, 2009 at 1:50 PM

Given the immense ego of the average Frenchman, it says something when even they notice Barry’s got an OVERSIZED one.

GarandFan on September 30, 2009 at 1:58 PM

Fighton03 on September 30, 2009 at 1:46 PM

After 8 years of Obama I don’t know if there will be an America left, either geographically or otherwise. There will probably be a country called The United States of America. But it will be indistinguishable from any other country.

angryed on September 30, 2009 at 1:58 PM

sesquipedalian on September 30, 2009 at 12:46 PM

At one time, I thought that you were not a troll, but instead a thoughtful person with political views that are opposed to my own.

I see that I was mistaken.

Sad, really. We are experiencing a dearth of worthy opposition of late.

Too much Kool-Aid is bad for the health.

hillbillyjim on September 30, 2009 at 2:07 PM

Wouldn’t it be a hoot if Merkel came out with a similar statement and a post-Brown more conservative English PM did likewise, The Chief Pantload would have then pulled a Euro Hat Trick.

VoyskaPVO on September 30, 2009 at 2:10 PM

Hey Ed,

Michael Savage and Jim Quinn both said the same thing this guy just said in the last week.

Chuck Norton on September 30, 2009 at 2:12 PM

He calls it like it is.

AnninCA on September 30, 2009 at 2:12 PM

The saddest part of this is if Sarkozy is right, the lives of millions of people could be negatively effected for many years to come. All because a corrupt media created that which glittered without substance and the ignorant American pubklic bought it hook, line and sinker.

volsense on September 30, 2009 at 2:17 PM

After 8 years of Obama I don’t know if there will be an America left, either geographically or otherwise. There will probably be a country called The United States of America. But it will be indistinguishable from any other country.

angryed on September 30, 2009 at 1:58 PM

God forbid EIGHT years of Obama! Can we get through four?

Steve Z on September 30, 2009 at 2:41 PM

God forbid EIGHT years of Obama! Can we get through

Well, if not, then, Democracy is a failure.

AnninCA on September 30, 2009 at 2:48 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

Hmmm…Whole lot of ‘Charge’ in there…

Charge!!!!

BigWyo on September 30, 2009 at 3:02 PM

“incredibly naive and grossly egotistical”

Ya DON’T SAY?!?

RedNewEnglander on September 30, 2009 at 3:09 PM

hillbillyjim on September 30, 2009 at 2:07 PM

i’m familiar with this guilt trip routine and it seldom works. my comments will be intemperate sometimes but i see nothing wrong with that. kelly is an idiot blinded by partisan paranoia, and he should get due treatment.

sesquipedalian on September 30, 2009 at 3:12 PM

Well, if not, then, Democracy is a failure.

AnninCA on September 30, 2009 at 2:48 PM

Huh? First of all, we’re not a democracy. Second of all, every system has its breaking point. Democratic processes were never thought to be idiot-proof. In fact, one could only afford to have democratic processes if the underlying system was strong enough to withstand the idiots that democratic processes were sure to install. The Founders tried to accomplish this through the limiting of government and the separation of powers. But liberalism in society has been working to destroy that foundation (and they have been successful) and the public was stupid enough to vote for a bunch of left wing lunatics for Congress and an un-American moron as The Precedent, in some grand idiocy of an affirmative action experiment. The system may well have just met its match in this tsunami of anti-American idiocy that has been foisted on Washington, but any system is open to the same problem, just as any banking system (no matter how strong) is vulnerable to a run, which would kill it.

The true failure of our system, if you want to be detailed, lies in our courts and how they have allowed the laws to have all meaning sucked out of them and for the federal government to vastly overstep its bounds, opening us up to death by the exact sort of morons who are now in office.

progressoverpeace on September 30, 2009 at 3:25 PM

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.

I suggest that Sarkozy is an avid HA reader, if not a regular poster!

BobMbx on September 30, 2009 at 3:26 PM

How do you say Urkel in French?

Old Hippie Vet on September 30, 2009 at 3:28 PM

Sad, really. We are experiencing a dearth of worthy opposition of late.

Too much Kool-Aid is bad for the health.

hillbillyjim on September 30, 2009 at 2:07 PM

Public schools (K-12) are now in session. Surely, some impact is being felt here.

BobMbx on September 30, 2009 at 3:29 PM

I’d say Sarkozy is dead-on, balls accurate! Criticism is legit about policy differences. We’ve all been saying this since b4 last Summer. We all said he would be weak and weak he is. Sarkozy notices and suddenly it is horrible? Please.

JAM on September 30, 2009 at 3:33 PM

Come on Ed not you and the “Bush did it too” We hear enough of that from trolls.

Greed on September 30, 2009 at 3:38 PM

Can we trade leaders with the French until 2012?

Old Hippie Vet on September 30, 2009 at 3:39 PM

Sarko hates tall people. Racist.

Fortunata on September 30, 2009 at 4:18 PM

“incredibly naive and grossly egotistical,”

I see a bumper sticker in there somewhere…

Seven Percent Solution on September 30, 2009 at 4:37 PM

Well, if not, then, Democracy is a failure.

AnninCA on September 30, 2009 at 2:48 PM

Aside from the US being a federal republic you’re incredibly generic. Every system has a weakness, read Machiavelli to understand the ways that governing systems break down, and what the various types tend to become.

Fighton03 on September 30, 2009 at 5:26 PM

“incredibly naive and grossly egotistical,”

I see a bumper sticker in there somewhere…

Seven Percent Solution on September 30, 2009 at 4:37 PM

hmmm…all I see is an empty suit.

Fighton03 on September 30, 2009 at 5:26 PM

Let’s not forget that this is a paraphrased, second-hand “quote” from a dedicated conservative columnist.

zoax on September 30, 2009 at 5:32 PM

i’m familiar with this guilt trip routine and it seldom works. my comments will be intemperate sometimes but i see nothing wrong with that. kelly is an idiot blinded by partisan paranoia, and he should get due treatment.

sesquipedalian on September 30, 2009 at 3:12 PM

I don’t give a fiddler’s fxck if your comments are intemperate, indifferent, or incoherent. It’s all the same to me. But at least stick to some truthful basis for your cowpatties when you drop them, or prepare yourself for ridicule. Marginalise yourself if you want.

These are your words:

i can’t see sarkozy actually say these things anywhere.

A couple of clicks would have told you otherwise.

This is why the next time I respond to one of your posts, it will most likely be scornfully. If you don’t get that, then so be it. You choose your own path.

If you have guilty feelings, I can’t help you with that.

hillbillyjim on September 30, 2009 at 7:04 PM

Not even a “stern” letter …

The UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), has thanked Iran for providing the agency with information about the construction of its new pilot enrichment plant.

J_Crater on September 30, 2009 at 7:33 PM

How does it feel to be hit in the kisser with a soggy croisssant, Barry?

Or should that be:

President Spine-Like-Brie?

Quick, somebody get him a Saudi “royal” to bow to!

profitsbeard on September 30, 2009 at 7:41 PM

profitsbeard on September 30, 2009 at 7:41 PM

Oh, you Vast Right Wing Conspiracy-lookin’ sonofa….Blibbityblibb yadda yadda…. Obams sure does have some pretty teeth, huh?

Now about that health insurance…

hillbillyjim on September 30, 2009 at 11:12 PM

By the way, profitsbeard, thanks for all that you do. It is inspiring. I see you here and there, and most everywhere…don’t ever stop.

hillbillyjim on September 30, 2009 at 11:15 PM

For those of you who absolutely know:

Fuzhageddaboudit?

Hell with it. It’s above my pay-grade—of course.

hillbillyjim on October 1, 2009 at 12:01 AM

simply put, fuck it.

hillbillyjim on October 1, 2009 at 12:03 AM

If that’s my death knell, so be it. Enough is sometimes way too much.

hillbillyjim on October 1, 2009 at 12:04 AM

I apoligize ahead of time for my childishness. But if you don’t mean it, don’t fxtk with me at this point in time. Really. That’s all. Good punctuation and all of that fun shit. If you’re not here for a good reason, I dare you to fuxk with me.

C’mon, ya farkin’ trolls! I dare you.

Hee I izz.

hillbillyjim on October 1, 2009 at 12:16 AM

progressoverpeace on September 30, 2009 at 3:25 PM

I agree with you about the inherent weakness in the system, but I think you’re being too generic and at the same time too specific. First to the specific:

The courts are certainly to blame, but in this republic we have (supposedly) a balance of powers. All 3 branches have failed, all 3 have created the situation we now have, and the media was complicit every step of the way. As corrupt as the courts now are, don’t deflect blame from the rest. They deserve just as much, if not more.

As for the generic, it comes down to one thing: Human nature. The system was designed to mitigate the damage that always occurs when humans are in charge of a govt. But it was self-defeating to begin with. Humans were still in charge, what we’re seeing now (the corruption in all the branches and the media) was inevitable.

Is there a way to completely mitigate such damage? Can we create a system that respects freedom and limits the natural corruption all govts are prone to? Beats the hell outta me, but unfortunately this one isn’t it. It depended on the motivations of one branch being tempered by the others, but it didn’t consider the motivations of all 3 aligning in a way to limit the very freedoms they were supposed to protect.

runawayyyy on October 1, 2009 at 11:50 AM

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