WTF?! Obama doesnt even know who the president of France is?
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    WTF?! Obama doesnt even know who the president of France is?

    I pray, PRAY, this isnt true. Obama is a freaking idiot.

    Barack Obama does not seem to know that in May 2007, French voters elected Nicolas Sarkozy to the French presidency, to succeed Jacques Chirac who had been president for twelve years.

    Barack Obama wrote a letter to Jacques Chirac to tell him about his desire to "work with him" for the next four years !

    In a letter described by Chirac as "very nice," Obama wrote, "I am certain that we will be able to work together, in the coming four years, in a spirit of peace and friendship to build a safer world."

    This revelation was made by the online edition of the daily Le Figaro on Thursday.

    I wonder if someone had told him, when he came to France last summer, that the man he met was NOT Jacques Chirac !

    Confidentiel : Barack Obama
    a écrit à Jacques Chirac

    Barack Obama a écrit à Jacques Chirac

    Le président américain vient d’adresser une lettre «très sympathique » à Jacques Chirac, selon l’expression de ce dernier. «Je suis certain que nous pourrons au cours des quatre années à venir collaborer ensemble dans un esprit de paix et d’amitié afin de construire un monde plus sûr» , écrit le successeur de George W. Bush au prédécesseur de Nicolas Sarkozy. En évoquant le mot de « paix», Obama rend un hommage implicite à l’action de l’ancien président français qui s’était opposé à la guerre en Irak. Une intervention américaine contre laquelle le futur président américain s’était opposé comme sénateur, lors du vote au Congrès.

    Barack Obama wrote to Jacques Chirac
    The American president has just addressed a letter “very likable” to Jacques Chirac, according to the expression of the latter. “I am certain that we will be able during the four years to come to collaborate together in a spirit of peace and of friendship in order to construct a surer world”, writes the successor of George W. Bush to the predecessor of Nicolas Sarkozy. While evoking the word of “peace”, Obama returns an implicit homage to the action of the French former president that had opposed itself to the war in Iraq. An American intervention against which the future president American had opposed itself as senator, at the time of the vote to the Congress.

    But it was Sarkozy who called Obama "naive” or was it "dangerously naive" when BO was on his magic carpet ride in Europe?
    "Amateurs talk about tactics, but professionals study logistics." - Gen. Robert Barrow, USMC (1980)

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    Re: WTF?! Obama doesnt even know who the president of France is?

    "Want to know how quickly rumors get spread on the Internet? Here’s a prime example.

    The right side of the web is apoplectic this morning claiming that President Obama doesn’t know who the French president is.

    They point to an article in the French newspaper Le Figaro reporting that President Obama last week wrote a letter to former French President Jacques Chirac.

    “I am certain that we will be able to work together, in the coming four years, in a spirit of peace and friendship to build a safer world,” Obama is purported to have written.

    Wrong guy

    This has electrified the Internet. Why would President Obama initiate correspondence with Mr. Chirac instead of President Nicolas Sarkozy?

    One excited blogger writes, “Doesn’t Obama ever consult his staff before acting? Sarkozy is the President there! It’s like Sarko writing to George Bush and saying he looks forward to working with him. Chirac is the FORMER president.”

    That’s a good heads up. But let’s dig a little deeper.

    French-speaking pal

    Our handy colleague, Laurent Belsie, who writes the New Economy blog here at the Monitor, speaks French. (We don’t hold that against him.)

    With his help we found out that another French newspaper, the New Observer, explained that Obama was merely replying to a Chirac letter who was writing him as the head of his foundation — the Jacques Chirac Foundation for sustainable development and cultural dialogue.

    The foundation is promoting access to water and medicines in west Africa, combating deforestation in the Congo Basin, and trying to save dying languages in Polynesia, according to a spokesman who helped set up the foundation.

    Teleprompter jokes

    Of course it is much more fun to write things like “Maybe President Obama’s correspondence office needs a teleprompter too!” But in fact, there doesn’t seem to be a controversy here.

    Le Figaro did opine in its article that “in using the word ‘peace,’ Obama was offering an implicit homage to the former French president who had opposed the Iraq war.”

    But other French news organizations confirmed with Chirac’s entourage that they believed the reference was not in regards to the Iraq war but to Chirac’s current work as head of the foundation.

    Whatever. In any case, there is no evidence that the language has upset President Sarkozy or anyone else in France."

    "Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience." -Mark Twain

    “It is something great and greatening to cherish an ideal; to act in the light of truth that is far-away and far above; to set aside the near advantage, the momentary pleasure; the snatching of seeming good to self; and to act for remoter ends, for higher good, and for interests other than our own.” -Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain


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