Skip to comments.Sarkozy 'embarrassed France' with Obama video conference TV stunt
Posted on 04/15/2012 1:59:10 PM PDT by Cincinna
Nicolas Sarkozy has been accused of using a video conference with Barack Obama to boost his election campaign. In an unprecedented move in French diplomacy, newscasts on several TV channels showed the first few minutes of a video link-up between the French president and his US counterpart. Days before the first-round vote in the French presidential election, on 22 April, the rare glimpse of banter between world leaders shows Obama saying of the campaign: "It must be a busy time." He adds: "I admire the tough battle you are waging." Sarkozy replies, grinning, with arms folded: "We will win, Mr Obama. You and me, together." The cameras leave before the pair talk about Syria, Iran and oil. The Socialist party accused Sarkozy of breaking diplomatic protocol and embarrassing France on the world scene to boost his struggling campaign for re-election, saying the images "weakened France's credibility in Washington and across the world". The SNJ-CGT journalists' union, at the state broadcaster France Télévisions, condemned the "grotesque communications operation" by Sarkozy, calling it a "surrealist sequence" of electoral media strategy. French media wondered if the White House knew the footage would be made public, or whether Obama was set up. Washington told Le Monde it had been aware that cameras were authorised to film the first few minutes of the conference.
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Hollande and the left have gone berserk over this. First Tge journalists union, the communist CGT, attacked the networks for carrying the conference on TV, then attacked Sarko for trickery in fooling Obama.
Obama issued a very clear statement stating he was completely aware that the first few minutes of the teleconference with Sarko would be broadcast live.
Hollande is a Socialist, the candidate of the Socialist Party. The last thing in the world Obama wants to do is have anything associated with “socialist” anywhere near him.
Obama is unpopular, running in a very difficult reelection. He has basically no record to run on except high unemployment, high gasoline problems and spending the economy into astronomic debt, creating no jobs.
His landmark achievement, ObamaCare, a government takeover of 1/5 of tge US economy, on which he squandered most of his political capital in his first two years, will most likely be overturned as unconstitutional (that means illegal) by the Supreme Court in June.
“Sarkozy replies, grinning, with arms folded: “We will win, Mr Obama. You and me, together.”
Yep, Sarko is an anti-Obama, staunch free market, limited government conservative. And Santa Claus lives at the north pole.
(Back in the real world, the only time Sarko was ever "disappointed" with his "pal" Obama is when O's policies weren't liberal ENOUGH for him!)