French Socialist President Hollande: “I should endorse Mitt Romney”

posted at 12:41 pm on September 26, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

In my experience, the term “socialist” usually produces a fairly negative reaction from lots of my fellow Americans, as it very well should; I mean, it’s only a repeatedly failed system of oppressive governance that demonstrably slackens economic growth and makes people poorer and more miserable — what’s not to like? Unless I find myself speaking with limousine-liberal types or eco-trendy urbanites who tend to own a Che Guevara t-shirt or two, I find that it’s an idea that’s pretty generally frowned upon.

Despite the Eurozone’s ongoing entitlement-and-debt-induced financial crisis, France recently swept in a new Socialist-party order in their elections last spring, and their government is now headed by President Francois Hollande — the classic example of a champagne socialist. But, he definitely seems to at least have an accurate understanding of how his sort of politics are received within the United States. The Agence France-Presse (h/t Politico) reports that, when asked which candidate he would support in the US presidential election at the UN General Assembly meeting, Hollande replied: “Who do you think?”

“Are you aware that Mitt Romney never ceases to attack socialist Europe at his campaign rallies?” …

“Yes, that’s why I’ll be careful not to say anything at all on this subject because, as you’d imagine, if a socialist supported one of these two candidates, that could cost him dear,” he explained. …

“So I suppose I should endorse Mitt Romney,” Hollande joked. “But I won’t.”

See what he did there? Just in case you didn’t catch it, that was actually a sneaky way of saying that he prefers Barack Obama. So, no big surprise there, because if you want to get down to real brass tacks, the truth is that the United States has plenty of socialistic-lite policies in place: protectionism, subsidies, you could even argue that a graduated income tax is little better than redistributionist central planning by another name. And while the trend of introducing these types of policies into our federal government started long ago, President Obama has most definitely done so at an accelerated pace — and how!


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Clever libs pat each other on the back for being clever, when in fact they have childish constructs of how the world works.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on September 26, 2012 at 12:46 PM

A comeback for the “New Party” ??

FlaMurph on September 26, 2012 at 12:46 PM

OK, that puts China, Russia, and France in Obama’s column and Israel in Romney’s column.

rhombus on September 26, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Socialims is for the fooled fools, not for those who promote it. They live the lives of Obama and Hollande.

Spontaneously combust for hypocrisy, all of you, looters!

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Hey froggie!!!

Bite me!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judgment_of_Paris_(wine)

patch on September 26, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Forgot, go to Hell Hollande and mind the mess in France.

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2012 at 12:48 PM

French Socialist President Hollande: “I should endorse Mitt Romney”

French President Hollande attempting to come to the aid of fellow Socialist Barack Insane Obama shouts out in a frantic voice… “LOOK… A Shiny Squirrel”

Meanwhile The Fifth Column Treasonous Media has called a “Code Red” in a do or die attempt to protect Obama.

SWalker on September 26, 2012 at 12:48 PM

French (Pervert) Socialist President Hollande: “I should endorse Mitt Romney”

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Do it. For whatever reason. He’s the better man over the Bumbling, Incompetent, Stuttering Idiot we have in there now.

hawkdriver on September 26, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Vote for Obama and embarace a global tax, fools. If you do, or if you enable it, you deserve him, fully.

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Pas d’ennemi à gauche.

de rigueur on September 26, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Jim Angle was on Fox this morning, paraphrased “women don’t earn less than men, for 1001 reasons, Obama lies in his ads/speeches”.

In other words the sun rose in the East, really.

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Spain and Greece are on fire/strike.

The Germans are at work.

Merkel “we must carry on, to save Europe”.

Who are the fools?

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2012 at 12:51 PM

A beekeeper who has lost his voice, a cook who thinks he’s a gardener, and a witness to a murder a reality star who thinks he is president. Oh, yes. It is obvious to my trained eye, that there is much more going on here than meets the ear.

reaganaut on September 26, 2012 at 12:51 PM

A quote from a MORE INTELLIGENT Frenchman…………..

Democracy and Socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while DEMOCRACY seeks equality in LIBERTY, Socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.

oui oui ! indeed

Alexis de Tocqueville
(170 years ago)

FlaMurph on September 26, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Doesn’t look like it would do Romney any harm.

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/poll-obama-leads-ohio-virginia-pennsylvania-121943706–election.html

President Barack Obama has stretched his lead over Republican nominee Mitt Romney in battleground states Ohio and Florida and retains a 12-point lead in Pennsylvania, according to a Quinnipiac University/New York Times/CBS poll released Wednesday.

The president is ahead 53 to 43 percent in Ohio and 53 to 44 percent in Florida, according to surveys of likely voters conducted Sept. 18-24. In Pennsylvania, Obama leads 54-42 percent.

Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, attributed the swing in Obama’s favor to negative media coverage of Romney over the past few weeks but said the Republican nominee still has time to reverse the president’s lead.

“Gov. Mitt Romney had a bad week in the media and it shows in these key swing states,” Brown said. “The furor over his 47 percent remark almost certainly is a major factor in the roughly double-digit leads President Barack Obama has in Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania. The debates may be Romney’s best chance to reverse the trend in his favor.”

If national electorate models hold, Florida and Ohio will be crucial for Romney to reach the 270 Electoral College votes needed to best Obama on Election Day. According to the Quinnipiac University poll, Romney continues to struggle with female voters, who favor Obama by 19 percentage points in Florida, 25 percentage points in Ohio and 21 percentage points in Pennsylvania. The surveys in Ohio and Pennsylvania have a margin of error of plus or minus 2.9 percent and plus or minus 2.8 percent in Florida.

Other recent polls, however, show closer races in these battleground states. A Mason-Dixon survey unveiled Sunday and conducted Sept. 17-19 showed a statistical tie between Obama and Romney in Florida. According a recent Washington Post poll, Obama leads by 8 percentage points in Ohio and 4 percentage points in Florida.

Hey, Romney how’s that whole soft-sell approach working for you?

Obama has the offer a naked Madonna after the re-election, maybe you should take the French guy up on his offer. Sounds like you need it.

PappyD61 on September 26, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Another creepy socialist ringing endorsement– like Jimmah Carter, it’s just another loser attempt to hurt Romney by association when everyone knows the Pantload is their hero.

Slainte on September 26, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Let’s see if the Americans are as stupid as the French. Nov. 6 will tell.

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2012 at 12:55 PM

negative media coverage

There is the takeaway from the Yahoo News.

They will destroy any and all that might defeat their chosen candidate.

The media is definitely the enemy of liberty and individual freedom. I thought when I heard the term “state controlled media” a few years ago that it was just hyperbole. MMMMMM, guess not.

PappyD61 on September 26, 2012 at 12:56 PM

The ironic thing is that he really should. Not because it would harm him, but because the only chance at survival France now has is if the US economy takes off and lifts the entire global economy like it used to.

Lost in Jersey on September 26, 2012 at 12:56 PM

reaganaut on September 26, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Elementary. He wanted you dead.

SWalker on September 26, 2012 at 12:56 PM

In my experience, the term “socialist” usually produces a fairly negative reaction from lots of my fellow Americans, as it very well should; I mean, it’s only a repeatedly failed system of oppressive governance that demonstrably slackens economic growth and makes people poorer and more miserable — what’s not to like?

And the USA is on the path to Socialism……..every new government program produces dependency and over time that leads to “dependency – turns – into – MY RIGHT“….

I explain to people that Social Security program is bankrupt and besides, you are receiving a negative net return over time …..and often people respond, “but I have a Right to receiving guaranteed money from the government!”

Really?

Even if that “Right” is:

—not Constitutional
—not Financially wise or solvent in the long term
—leads to dependency
—leads to legalized theft of others personal property in the form of higher taxation

Every new government program, once made into Law, is very difficult to overturn.

56andwarmweather on September 26, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Be nice if all those wealthy Frenchies fleeing the punitive tax hike ended up here, but,……I imagine they would find Zimbabwe a safer enviorment.

a capella on September 26, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Gee, the amount of French wit astounds… /

lucyvanpelt on September 26, 2012 at 1:00 PM

u really think france can save itself without a powerfull USA
lmfao

we stand together or do not

losarkos on September 26, 2012 at 1:01 PM

The French are morons (soon to become infidels and beheaded), but it’s their problem.

NapaConservative on September 26, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Liberté, égalité, fraternité

Only fools would ever wish to be equal to anyone. Thank your creator for your individuality.

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Bait.

True-Con Bait.

M240H on September 26, 2012 at 1:07 PM

The French and the morons the world over, forget what liberté and fraternité stand for.

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2012 at 1:07 PM

See what he did there? Just in case you didn’t catch it, that was actually a sneaky way of saying that he prefers Barack Obama.

…he just will want the chance to point to JugEars…and be able to say in the future that France is doing better than the United States of America!

KOOLAID2 on September 26, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Do it. For whatever reason. He’s the better man over the Bumbling, Incompetent, Stuttering Idiot we have in there now.

hawkdriver on September 26, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Mitt is indeed way better than the BISI we have in there now, just as you say — but I actually think Hollande’s hypothetical endorsement might do Mitt more harm than good:

1. Most Americans don’t care much what people in other countries think. At least, we bitter gun-clingers don’t spend a great deal of time thinking about it. Lefties deplore this terrible attitude of ours, of course. ;-)

2. The popular stereotype (inaccurate though it may be) of the post-WWII French as effete, snobbish, ungrateful, arrogant cowards is still pretty strong in most of the country.

3. It’s none of the French government’s business whom we elect as President. Do we go endorsing their guys?

Therefore: Let Hollande heartily endorse Obama, as he clearly wishes to do!

Mary in LA on September 26, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Political advice from the French is as useful as their military. The French military got their butt kicked in every major military conflict in the 20th century. I don’t recall the 19th century with clarity, but I don’t think it was much better.

STL_Vet on September 26, 2012 at 1:11 PM

Only fools would ever wish to be equal to anyone. Thank your creator for your individuality.

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Equal before God — yes.
Equal before the law — yes.
“Equally” forced into a cookie-cutter sameness in our daily life — never!

Mary in LA on September 26, 2012 at 1:11 PM

PappyD61 on September 26, 2012 at 12:53 PM

.
LOL, man do not believe these polls. They are laughable. Ocommie may not be where he deserves to be (44%) but he is also not where the media says he is either. The Messiah got 50.9% of the vote in FLA in 2008— NFW he is at 53% in ANY poll —- even without the unprotected Assassination of one of his diplomats trying to make the news.

Only an idiot or Kardashian fan thinks he has improved on that number.

Do not live and die with polling from biased media outlets.

FlaMurph on September 26, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Hollande is such a smug douche. Can’t wait for France to crash and burn under his rule.

Red Cloud on September 26, 2012 at 1:14 PM

I don’t recall the 19th century with clarity, but I don’t think it was much better.

STL_Vet on September 26, 2012 at 1:11 PM

Well, there was this chap named Napoleon… ;-)

He was defeated, but not because his army was made up of cowards.

One of my high school classmates (who wound up going into the Air Force) said of France, very succinctly: “All their men were killed in World War Two.”

Mary in LA on September 26, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Hollande is such a smug douche. The muslims can’t wait for France to crash and burn under his rule.

Red Cloud on September 26, 2012 at 1:14 PM

FIFY

NapaConservative on September 26, 2012 at 1:17 PM

The socialist dream is to ‘harness’ Atlas to work for those who will not work for themselves, yet always demand more of Atlas. The definition of harnessing another to work for you without recompense or respite, against their will, is encapsulated in one word…slavery.

The Eurozone, with France as its lead profligate, seeks to harness its own Atlas, Germany. In this case, even if they succeed, they fail, as Germany really isn’t much of an Atlas. They will only enslave the German working people briefly, before the strength and vitality is drained from the Atlas of the Eurozone and it falls away, depleted. Already the German Atlas groans and its knees begin to buckle under the strain of supporting the profligates to its south.

The only real question, the one of singular interest and particular import to both Merkel and Hollande, and the reason they will make whatever effort they find necessary to see that Germany remains in the Eurozone and paying through the nose, is whether Germany can continue to support much of the Eurozone until Merkel and Hollande are both out of office, and the dying German Atlas, and with it the Eurozone, becomes someone else’s problem.

thatsafactjack on September 26, 2012 at 1:21 PM

A proper parasite lives off it’s host, but doesn’t kill it.

These socialists aren’t even good parasites, their policies have sucked every gram of fat off their economies – yet they double down on their wealth destroying ways.

This will not end well.

Rebar on September 26, 2012 at 1:23 PM

PappyD61 on September 26, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Let’s play check that poll!

D/R/I
Florida 2012: 36/27/33
Florida 2008: 37/34/29

Ohio 2012: 35/26/35
Ohio 2008: 39/31/30

Penn 2012: 39/28/27
Penn 2008: 44/37/18

Simple question: Do you really think Republicans will under-perform in Florida by 7% vs the Dem highwater mark of 2008? Or by 5% in Ohio? Or by 9% in Pennsylvania?

strictnein on September 26, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Well, there was this chap named Napoleon… ;-)

He was defeated, but not because his army was made up of cowards.

I never said they were cowards. In fact, in WWI they fought with great enthusiasm. Unfortunately, they prepared very well for the previous war and lost the one they were fighting.

Similarly, they cannot see the roots of their problems today and revert back to the very things that will lead them to their defeat.

STL_Vet on September 26, 2012 at 1:27 PM

OK, that puts China, Russia, and France in Obama’s column and Israel in Romney’s column.

rhombus on September 26, 2012 at 12:46 PM

All we need is for Greece and Spain to come out and support Obama and we’ll have this thing locked up.

Highlar on September 26, 2012 at 1:29 PM

PappyD61 on September 26, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Let’s play check that poll!

D/R/I
Florida 2012: 36/27/33
Florida 2008: 37/34/29

Ohio 2012: 35/26/35
Ohio 2008: 39/31/30

Penn 2012: 39/28/27
Penn 2008: 44/37/18

Simple question: Do you really think Republicans will under-perform in Florida by 7% vs the Dem highwater mark of 2008? Or by 5% in Ohio? Or by 9% in Pennsylvania?

strictnein on September 26, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Yup, Rush already crushed this poll in his first hour and a half today. The numbers in this poll are staggering in their underhanded and over the top support of Obama. NO candidate could come anywhere close to Obama with a vote spread like what is used in this poll. Its just ridiculous and obviously a poll that was taken with the express purpose of giving Obama a “super lead” over Romney and reduce Republican enthusiasm. Its disgusting.

On the other hand, Gallup has Romney within 3 (margin of error) and Rasmussen has them tied at 46%, but with Romney taking the lead 48/46 with leaners. That’s a trend over the last few days where Obama was moving up in Ras a bit…but I think the Middle East disaster is finally coming on to haunt Obama in the polls, and driving folks the other way after seeing Romney looking presidential and CORRECT in his foreign policy criticism of Obama. And don’t forget…the far and away most accurate poll in 2008 and earlier was…*drum roll*…RASMUSSEN.

Highlar on September 26, 2012 at 1:34 PM

I never said they were cowards. In fact, in WWI they fought with great enthusiasm. Unfortunately, they prepared very well for the previous war and lost the one they were fighting.

Similarly, they cannot see the roots of their problems today and revert back to the very things that will lead them to their defeat.

STL_Vet on September 26, 2012 at 1:27 PM

I agree with you, on both counts! :-)

And you’re right, you never said they were cowards — that’s just a popular stereotype imputed to them.

Mary in LA on September 26, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Dear France:

Go f*** yourselves. Strong letter to follow.

Hugs and Kisses,
Glockomatic

glockomatic on September 26, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Read what Arab Spring Ahmi promotes and Obama enables.

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2012 at 1:43 PM

thatsafactjack on September 26, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Sapience!

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Mary in LA on September 26, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Hey, no chit-chatting :)

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2012 at 1:52 PM

Hey Froggie: Learn German.

Again.

1921 C DRUM on September 26, 2012 at 1:52 PM

OK, that puts China, Russia, and France in Obama’s column and Israel in Romney’s column.

rhombus on September 26, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Don’t forget Iran. Ahmadinnejad needs 0bama to win so that he can build his nukes without any objection from the civilized world.

UltimateBob on September 26, 2012 at 2:06 PM

I find myself speaking with limousine-liberal types or eco-trendy urbanites who tend to own a Che Guevara t-shirt or two

T-shirts are sooooooooo passe!

Shy Guy on September 26, 2012 at 2:06 PM

On the relevance scale, 1 = no relevance; 10 = most relevant

this is the 0.01 person trying to be more visible on the world stage.

Sir Napsalot on September 26, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Yo, Hollande!

Look to Spain now, “the hungry hunt through garbage bins for next meal” will be coming to you in the next few years.

Sir Napsalot on September 26, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Mais oui. Of course he loves 0bama.

But, he really should support Romney. Because he’s going to need the US to have a strong economy so that he can come running to us for a bailout when France runs out of their own people’s money.

UltimateBob on September 26, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Hey, no chit-chatting :)

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2012 at 1:52 PM

I won’t tell bluegill if you won’t!

:-)

Mary in LA on September 26, 2012 at 2:18 PM

Mais oui. Of course he loves 0bama.

But, he really should support Romney. Because he’s going to need the US to have a strong economy so that he can come running to us for a bailout when France runs out of their own people’s money.

UltimateBob on September 26, 2012 at 2:15 PM

When he does, I hope President Romneys responds with a letter including Merkel’s phone number – and signs it with a robo-pen.

NapaConservative on September 26, 2012 at 2:20 PM

While the remaining actual taxpayers flee the country.

Whatever, Hollande.

so-notbuyingit on September 26, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Obama wants to rule like China does.

Krugman and Friedman do too, the morons.

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2012 at 2:21 PM

…because if you want to get down to real brass tacks, the truth is that the United States has plenty of socialistic-lite policies in place…

Erika Johnsen

Erika, even before ObamaCare, America was at least a 50% socialist country. With our progressive income tax system and more welfare programs than you can count and public schools, maybe 50% socialist is a conservative estimate.

But NOW, with socialized medicine on the law books, even though not fully implemented, the U.S.A. has got to be at least 75% socialist.

The only things left to do to complete the American transition from its former capitalist system into a full blown socialist/collectivist system is placing all businesses under government control (which seems to be underway) and the abolition of private property.

And of course the Democrats and Obama are pushing toward those goals at full speed and at every opportunity.

Yes, the Democrats are socialist… who didn’t know that already?

Axion on September 26, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Well, an endorsement of Romney from French President Hollande would certainly balance the endorsement of Barack Obama by Madonna.

paulus1 on September 26, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Well, an endorsement of Romney from French President Hollande would certainly balance the endorsement of Barack Obama by Madonna.

paulus1 on September 26, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Indeed — but I’d much rather see him au naturel than her!!!

:-P

Mary in LA on September 26, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Another explanation is… socialism only has any chance if America is capitalist and helping the failing socialists…

Isn’t that how we got to this Point? America keeps the world markets working so the socialist have other people’s money to spend?

Just like the whole world has the benefit of inovations in technology and medicine if at least one country is free enough to allow somebody to make a dime off it first. Democrats mockingly call that trickle down. So be it. If America stops producing new ideas and stops living in the market… the standard of living, world wide will go down.

The entire world including the socialists will do better under Romney’s leadership.

petunia on September 26, 2012 at 5:15 PM

The problem with characterizing a politician or policy as socialist is that most people do not really understand what socialism is. They usually associate “socialism” with Leninist and Stalinist communism.

But socialism is more complex than that simplistic view. It is also more insidious. It is a theory of history and economics that is at its core deeply antagonistic towards capitalism, free markets, free enterprise, “profit”, and private property. Assumed collective ownership of everything with economic value is axiomatic to socialism. In the socialist worldview collective ownership is the realiaty and personal property ownership only convenient illusion and deception. When push comes to shove the collective’s ownership rights always prevail over personal property ownership rights.

Obama’s “you didn’t build that” statement, even in his preferred context and meaning, reveals his core socialist beliefs. “You didn’t build that” means the government, representing the people, has an arbitrary claim on your personal property because your had “help” in building your business, in acquiring your property and wealth, that was provided by the government. That attitude is socialist at its core. That attitude has little or no respect for private property.

farsighted on September 26, 2012 at 6:39 PM