Well, now we have it on the record from comments exchanged between French President Nicolas Sarkozy and the United States President Barack Obama while they mistakenly thought they were speaking in private. They had not taken off their lapel microphones used during the G-20 meetings and they also happened to still be activated allowing the entire press corps to hear the entire conversation. The initial conversation began with President Obama reprimanding President Sarkozy for not informing the Obama Administration of their intention to vote in favor of Palestinian membership in UNESCO. Towards the end of the conversation, out came the juicy tidbits which even the most favorable and supportive outlets for the President were unable to ignore, though they have given it a noble effort. The conversation of interest came as the two discussed their feelings for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu which went like this, in case you have not heard, President Sarkozy stated, “I cannot stand him. He is a liar.” President Obama, not wishing to be outdone in derogatory rhetoric, added disdainfully, “You’re fed up with him, but I have to deal with him every day!”
I wish I could say that I find this disturbing or surprising or even out of character for the President of the United States, but this is unfortunately how contemptibly the Office of the President has been regarded by many of Barack Obama’s dishonorable and shoddy actions. Many of these shortcomings have been most evident in President Obama from his dealings with those who are representatives for many of the longest and most ardent allies of the United States. The list of similar actions by President Obama is fairly extensive which not only includes numerous most of his interactions with representatives from Israel, Prime Minister Netanyahu in particular, but go all the way back to President Obama’s first meeting with the British Ambassador when he insisted that he take the bust of Winston Churchill back as President Obama found it distasteful and offensive. Even should President Obama actually have honest and valid problems with the history of the British or with the history of Winston Churchill himself, then you remove the statue and place it in storage, not insult an ally of such longstanding by insisting they take back their gift as you find it offensive. Perhaps simple discretionary and polite actions are too much to expect from this President and my expectations are simply too demanding. Just as with the return of Sir Winston to the British and the previous treatment towards Netanyahu, this is just one more piece of evidence that President Obama and I have diametrically opposite views of who are truly friends of the United States.
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