Obamateurism of the Day

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Nicolas Sarkozy isn’t quite ready to pose in this picture, and Angela Merkel and the president of the UAE are not looking at the camera, but the rest of the leaders are waiting patiently for the photographer — including the unfortunate Manmohan Singh, prime minister of India, who now knows how the president of Mongolia felt last September.

Just in case you’ve forgotten Part I, here’s Brian Williams to explain it:

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“Turns out he was the president of Mongolia”? Well, it was taken at the UN in a meeting of “world leaders,” so I’m not sure why that should be a surprise. As Williams noted, though, it was a meeting on transparency, which makes the original photo just a little more ironic.

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