Uh oh: Obama, Sarkozy caught on open mic grumbling about Netanyahu?

posted at 9:08 pm on November 7, 2011 by Allahpundit

The bad news? This is an especially stupid distraction on the eve of the new UN report confirming western fears about Iran’s nuclear weaponization program. The good news? Our new Islamist allies in Libya will be thrilled.

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 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 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…

The surprising lack of coverage may be explained by a report alleging that reporters present at the event were requested to sign an agreement to keep mum on the subject of the embarrassing comments.

Here’s the original story at Arret sur Images. I’ve never heard of that site so I have no sense of how credible it is. (French readers, repondez s’il vous plait.) The idea of The One badmouthing Bibi is completely plausible, though. Remember when he allegedly humiliated Netanyahu at the White House at a meeting in 2010, and then when Netanyahu humiliated O right back with that lecture in the Oval Office back in May about Israel’s borders? There’s no love lost here, although electoral concerns (if nothing else) will keep Obama a very willing partner with Israel for the next year. Philip Klein asks a good question, though:

All the reporters at G20 ignored it except for obscure French website? Hot mic and no one recorded?

I can buy that no one recorded it, and I can buy that some reporters would go so far into the tank that they’d sign a nondisclosure statement, but surely someone in the room would have found a scoop this juicy too irresistible and would have leaked it. The exchange between O and Sarkozy supposedly happened on Thursday; it took four days for news to break about an explosive “hot mic” exchange between the presidents of the United States and France about the prime minister of Israel? C’mon.

Anyone know if Arret is trustworthy? And if so, I want to know which reporters were in the room and refused to report.

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You’re fed up?…..

…….we have to deal with YOU everyday President Obama.

THAT sucks.

PappyD61 on November 7, 2011 at 10:22 PM

Obama’s life is hard in two-party Amerikkka.

MeatHeadinCA on November 7, 2011 at 10:23 PM

Judaism also encourages a lot of social activism, which is not unlike Christian missionary work and service. But that focus in addition to being a very tiny “minority” group might also encourage some bleeding heart tendencies.

haner on November 7, 2011 at 10:18 PM

And using Katzenberg again here, because he’s a loudspoken demander of re-electing Obama (and giving Obama a lot of money), he’s not being “of service,” he’s making demands.

Lourdes on November 7, 2011 at 10:25 PM

And who can explain Axelrod and Rahm Emanuel and their enmeshed dedication to the likes of Barack Obama?!?

Lourdes on November 7, 2011 at 10:27 PM

And who can explain Axelrod and Rahm Emanuel and their enmeshed dedication to the likes of Barack Obama?!?

Lourdes on November 7, 2011 at 10:27 PM

Again, political ideology trumps any sense of Israeli nationalism (which, if I remember correctly only sort of applies to Emanuel).

MeatHeadinCA on November 7, 2011 at 10:29 PM

I hope that makes sense.

Lourdes on November 7, 2011 at 10:15 PM

Did to me, in an herbal interpretation sort of way.

infidel4life on November 7, 2011 at 10:29 PM

“Well vacation is over. Back to work tomorrow. Have to get up at at 4:00, so this is good night to all.”–Bojing Fuhua Hongqi Genghis Manchu Cheng Lei Quan Xianliang Yaoting Zedong Wang Ming-tun Huntsman.

predator on November 7, 2011 at 10:29 PM

Sarkozy and ObaMao are Vichy collaborators with the Nazi-sympathizing Muslims. Both of these heads of state are weasels. I wonder what they think the payoff is with their misplaced sympathies.

onlineanalyst on November 7, 2011 at 10:35 PM

The truth be known, there are a great many liberal American Jews who can’t stand Netanyahu either, I would guess that Axelrod and Emanuel are among them, so Obama’s feelings probably have a great deal of support.

I would guess there is more than one Democrat hoping the Bibi loses his next election. They want an Israeli Prime Minister they can cajole into giving in to Palestinian demands, give up territory, and everyone live in peace and harmony. Of course, that won’t happen and Israel will cease to exist, as a country, if they listen to them, but that is the feeling among many Democrats.

So anyway, bottom line, even though he was caught saying it, it will have little consequence in this country and I’m sure those in power in Israel already know how Obama feels.

bflat879 on November 7, 2011 at 11:26 PM

Next year Obama will claim to be Jesus himself.

Jews will unfortunately fund him and vote for him in droves.

He and Sarkosy don’t deserve to lick Netanyahu’s shoes.

Schadenfreude on November 7, 2011 at 11:26 PM

canopfor on November 7, 2011 at 9:48 PM

fishy stories related to the healthcare bill.

kringeesmom on November 7, 2011 at 11:29 PM

An American Jewish news

Bambi on November 7, 2011 at 11:29 PM

It was posted before I finished!
….magazine/paper just picked obama as one of the 50 (51) Americans that most (not sure – influenced)… Anyway the story is on The Blaze right under this story. It’s kind of amusing. I just wonder how many more Jews would be alive today if their own didn’t turn them in (a la georgie soros). I swear there is nothing obama can do that would turn some of the left wing jews against him!

Bambi on November 7, 2011 at 11:34 PM

France has some strange allies and ties historically, but I’m sad to hear Sarkozy say this. He’s typically risen above this garbage.

Obama on the other hand…

Also, nice job pointing out the double humiliation between he and Netanyahu. Just like Justice Alito, Netanyahu fought back against Obama’s huge lapses of protocol and it serves Obama right.

scotash on November 8, 2011 at 12:56 AM

He and Sarkosy don’t deserve to lick Netanyahu’s shoes.

Schadenfreude on November 7, 2011 at 11:26 PM

I was thinking hold his jock…

annoyinglittletwerp on November 8, 2011 at 1:39 AM

“Je ne peux plus le voir, c’est un menteur”, a lancé Sarkozy. “Tu en as marre de lui, mais moi, je dois traiter avec lui tous les jours !”

My translation (better translation of the flavour factor IMHO):

Sarkozy: I can’t stand the sight of him any longer, he’s a liar”
Obama: You’ve had it with him, but me, I have to deal with him every day!

ebrawer on November 8, 2011 at 3:31 AM

Obama’s “handler” at Columbia was Israel-hater-in-Chief, Edward Said. Guess who moved to Chicago the same month as President Utopia? Edward Said. Look it up. He was O’s original handler, and I mean that in the CPUSA sort of way. Who is Edward Said? He’s this guy, shown here throwing rocks at the IDF. While he was a professor in the poli sci department at Columbia.

wordwarp on November 8, 2011 at 4:23 AM

Dear AP,

I live in France and took the time to do some research on arretsurimages.net. It’s stated purpose is to provide critical reflection on the (French) main-stream media. It could be viewed as a French version of hotair. The website was started in September of 2007. Parts can be accessed for free, the rest is on a paid subscription basis. It was created by journalists associated with the French newspaper “Le Monde”, which is a center left paper that is considered by the French to be the most unbiased paper in France. So it appears to be a credible site.

I followed your link and read the original article with mentions a one sentence reference to the Obama/Sarkozy conversation here. The quote on this Le Monde journalist’s blog says (after a reference to Obama’s “joke” about Sarkozy’s daughter looking like her mother, rather than Sarkozy), “Prior to that, the two leaders privately shared their frustrations regarding their difficult relationships with the Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.” (Auparavant, les deux dirigeants se sont affligés à huis clos de leurs relations difficiles avec le premier ministre israélien Benyamin Nétanyahou.) The blog doesn’t give any more information than that.

The arretsurimages.net article that you link to does not say who the journalists were, it just says that half a dozen journalists heard the conversation and then decided among themselves not to report it.

One thing to bear in mind is that France is preparing for a presidential election to be held in April and May of 2012. Sarkozy is considered to be a “conservative” by French standards (not exactly the same as a conservative in the States), and so it is possible that even an “unbiased” center left news site would be looking for opportunities to undermine him. The arretsurimages.net article also mentioned that Obama criticized Sarkozy for not letting him know ahead of time that France was going to vote in favor of letting Palestine become a full member of the UN.

Ordinary American on November 8, 2011 at 5:01 AM

Makes one wonder what Obama says in private to Muslim leaders about Israel…

albill on November 8, 2011 at 5:52 AM

Makes one wonder what Obama says in private to Muslim leaders about Israel…

albill on November 8, 2011 at 5:52 AM

indeed….

i really despise him

cmsinaz on November 8, 2011 at 6:10 AM

Schadenfreude on November 7, 2011 at 11:26 PM

Think Obama knows Jesus was a Jew?

So, Obama hates Bibi [a Jew] and Obama hates Israel [a Jewish homeland].

Obama hates Jesus?

Wonder what Obama thinks of Mohammed and the Mohammedans?

[No, not the night club band from Cicero.]

The other guy.

coldwarrior on November 8, 2011 at 6:24 AM

Makes one wonder what Obama says in private to Muslim leaders about Israel…

albill on November 8, 2011 at 5:52 AM

I seem to remember a quashed video of a party in California that may hold the answer to that question.

dogsoldier on November 8, 2011 at 6:25 AM

Just a thought: might this be an attempt to create distance between Israel and the West before Israel goes after Iran’s nukes?

RPL on November 8, 2011 at 6:49 AM

Obama is an anti-Semite, so this isn’t surprising.

zoyclem on November 8, 2011 at 7:28 AM

“It’s embarrassing when Europeans come over here, they all speak English, they speak French, they speak German. And then we go over to Europe and all we can say is merci beaucoup I hate the Jews.” Barack Hussein Obama, July 2008

Glenn Jericho on November 8, 2011 at 8:07 AM

I swear this guy is a PATHETIC excuse for a President! He is a complete JOKE!

easyt65 on November 8, 2011 at 8:11 AM

and then when Netanyahu humiliated O right back with that lecture in the Oval Office back in May about Israel’s borders?

One of Bibi’s finest hours, IMO.

And I don’t know why AP or anyone else would be surprised that American reporters would agree to keep the newsworthy comments by Sarkozy and Obama quiet. The U.S. media isn’t going to report something that makes their hero Barry look like the amateur that he is. He has an election coming up, and it’s the media’s job to help him win it (just like they did in 2008).

AZCoyote on November 8, 2011 at 8:21 AM

And then we go over to Europe and all we can say is merci beaucoup Je déteste les Juifs.” Barack Hussein Obama, July 2008

Glenn Jericho on November 8, 2011 at 8:07 AM

Or, to play into Obama’s true national socialist bent, “Ich hasse die Juden!” [That's Austrian, in case anyone is wondering.]

coldwarrior on November 8, 2011 at 8:23 AM

He added that while it was annoying to have to refrain from publishing the information, the journalists are subject to precise rules of conduct.

Yeah, well I don’t think that play out when they are talking about a conservative…

right2bright on November 8, 2011 at 8:41 AM

Hey, here is the bad news…..
We have to deal with Obama every day…

right2bright on November 8, 2011 at 8:42 AM

Just a thought: might this be an attempt to create distance between Israel and the West before Israel goes after Iran’s nukes?

RPL on November 8, 2011 at 6:49 AM

You give him way too much credit…he made another foolish mistake.

right2bright on November 8, 2011 at 8:45 AM

I detect a theme for the upcoming OOTW!

Mutnodjmet on November 8, 2011 at 8:52 AM

Gates said worse things about Netanyahu.

lexhamfox on November 8, 2011 at 8:54 AM

The party line per Obama:

The leader of the Israeli Government is hateful, not Israel,

And only the hateful Jews in Israel must be slaughtered, not Jews in general. It’s those settling in Jerusalem that are the most hateful.

And Jerusalem must soon become a monument to the UN’s cleansing of the world from hateful Jews…not all Jews.

Ergo, Obama and Sarkosy are not really anisemitic.

jimw on November 8, 2011 at 8:55 AM

Obama blasting the Israeli PM over an open mic and Holder asking for stricter gun controls in Congress using Fast & Furious, the debacle under his watch that killed innocent victims, as a basis indicates these buffoons are totally incompetent OR totally insane. Either way, we are in deep trouble with the most corrupt administration in our history.

volsense on November 8, 2011 at 9:00 AM

And the slimy left wing media (ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, The Washington Post, The New York Times, et al) don’t even mention it.

rplat on November 8, 2011 at 9:31 AM

Obama/Ron Paul ’12

The OWS ticket!

mudskipper on November 8, 2011 at 9:44 AM

Upon reflection, I think the most worrisome aspect of the story is that the reporters on site agreed NOT to discuss these remarks. The elite press is the enemy of the truth.

Mutnodjmet on November 8, 2011 at 9:59 AM

This doesn’t surprise me from Sarkozy. I lived in France from 1984-1995, and the media there are very pro-Palestinian, constantly reporting every minor skirmish where a Palestinian gets injured or killed, and ignoring any stories where Israelis get killed for doing dastardly deeds like…riding a bus.

The French media would crucify Sarkozy if he was sympathetic to Bibi, but what he said is no problem for Sarkozy in France.

Steve Z on November 8, 2011 at 10:19 AM

Upon reflection, I think the most worrisome aspect of the story is that the reporters on site agreed NOT to discuss these remarks. The elite press is the enemy of the truth.

Mutnodjmet on November 8, 2011 at 9:59 AM

Agreed, that is the big story, that they are willing to cover this up, or at best ignore it…

right2bright on November 8, 2011 at 10:26 AM

Slightly off topic, yet related to Obama: HillBuzz has an excellent new blog radio show. In response to the Cain smears, they detail OBAMA’S GAY EXPLOITS. It is compelling listening.

Mutnodjmet on November 8, 2011 at 10:51 AM

Netanyahu is no more difficult than Churchill or De Gaulle. (:

Seth Halpern on November 8, 2011 at 10:59 AM

I love how no one ever asks if Netanyahu is a jerk and a pain in the ass. He’s the president of a small satellite state that causes more grief than help, you want to end foreign aid? Let’s start with a country that can pay for it’s own. It spies on us, gets us into unwanted conflicts, and isn’t even that good of an ally and only useful as a proxy battlefront with Iran.

but wait we’re indebted to them for what exactly?

Zekecorlain on November 8, 2011 at 11:11 AM

@Zekecorlain: Yes, it would have been simpler just to deal with a neatly unified Europe in 1940 too!

Seth Halpern on November 8, 2011 at 11:33 AM

I love how no one ever asks if Netanyahu is a jerk and a pain in the ass. He’s the president of a small satellite state that causes more grief than help, you want to end foreign aid? Let’s start with a country that can pay for it’s own. It spies on us, gets us into unwanted conflicts, and isn’t even that good of an ally and only useful as a proxy battlefront with Iran.

but wait we’re indebted to them for what exactly?

Zekecorlain on November 8, 2011 at 11:11 AM

Hogwash . . . it’s a state of sold values and principles and is quite unlike the Muslim radicals it must live among. In a fight I’d take Israel anytime. And by the way, when was the last time it killed several hundred Marines or attacked and destroyed parts of our cities?

rplat on November 8, 2011 at 11:34 AM

I love how no one ever asks if Netanyahu is a jerk and a pain in the ass.
Zekecorlain on November 8, 2011 at 11:11 AM

Bibi is a courageous and principled leader. If he could run for POTUS, I would vote for him in a heartbeat.

stefanite on November 8, 2011 at 11:37 AM

Really @rplat? I’ve never heard anyone say that about him not even his allies. He cut off all peace negotiations, drove the palestinians to the UN where they successfully gained status, screwed up the transition of the revolution in Egypt. Negotiated with Hamas, continues building in he settlements that he knows they’re going to have to give up, Soured relationships with Turkey, lectured his patron country about what Israel would or wouldn’t do, and now is considering attacking Iran which would drag the US into another war.

Principled? courageous? name anything that he’s done that actually demonstrates this, did they support the revolutionaries dying for freedom? did he denounce Mubarack when he killed scores of protesters? Has he said one word to Assad about killing thousands? Turkey is more principled than Israel than they’re being led by a cunning snake.

Zekecorlain on November 8, 2011 at 11:48 AM

Can you imagine what they’re saying behind Øbama’s back?

Phew, the possibilities are endless. None of them nice, either.

petefrt on November 8, 2011 at 12:04 PM

MIC CHECK! fail. Major downtwinkles, male-bodies.

/

Christien on November 8, 2011 at 12:36 PM

This isn’t news to anyone who has been paying attention. Of course, this may hurt him with the Jewish vote. He can probably kiss FL goodbye if he had any chance before this.

jeffn21 on November 8, 2011 at 2:46 PM

Gee – I wonder how long it would have taken for the story to “break” had it been Bush????

Oopsdaisy on November 8, 2011 at 2:59 PM

I wonder how many jews are going to vote for obummer now !
this brings to mind the saying ” CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?”

ColdWarrior57 on November 8, 2011 at 4:20 PM

CBS News is running this on their website, with an additional, unnamed source: “A Reuters news agency reporter who was also present has since confirmed the exchange.”

Jobius on November 8, 2011 at 6:22 PM

Bad link, fixed.

Jobius on November 8, 2011 at 6:29 PM

Gates said worse things about Netanyahu.

lexhamfox on November 8, 2011 at 8:54 AM

Gates is not the president.

Solaratov on November 8, 2011 at 6:43 PM

In a somewhat related story, a Muslim Homeland Security adviser has been leaking documents to portray Rick Perry as “Islamophobic”:
http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2011/November/Homeland-Security-Advisor-Accused-of-Leaking-Docs/

itsnotaboutme on November 8, 2011 at 7:13 PM

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