The good news: Barack Obama and Nicolas Sarkozy didn’t divulge any top-secret information in their conversation at the G-20 summit last week. The bad news: everyone already knew that Obama and Sarkozy hate Benjamin Netanyahu, but now we have confirmation. I’ll bet the next meeting with the Israeli Prime Minister will be especially fun:
“Obama began by reproaching Sarkozy for not warning him in advance that France would vote in favour of Palestinian membership of UNESCO,” the website reported. “The conversation turned to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, with Sarkozy saying ,’I don’t want to see him anymore, he’s a liar.’
“To which President Obama replied: ‘You’ve had enough of him, but I have to deal with him every day!’ Obama then asked Sarkozy to try to convince the Palestinians to slow down with their UN membership drive.”
So Sarkozy sandbagged the US on the UNESCO vote that approved full membership for the Palestinian Authority, but Netanyahu’s the liar? Er, sure, Nicolas. And if Obama thinks he has it bad, we have to put up with him every day. For the next 438 days, anyway.
The first rule of politics is: all microphones are on.
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