Monday, March 23, 2009

Obama Wrote to Chirac

President Obama's gaffes keep piling up. The guy is just not ready for prime time.

The latest came via the Teleprompter's blog, where TOTUS linked to this March 19, 2009, article in Le Figaro (France).

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.

Translation (loosely):

The American President just addressed a letter "very kindly" to Jacques Chirac, according to a statement by the latter. "I am certain that we will be able over the course of these four years to collaborate together in a spirit of peace and amity in order to build a more safe world," wrote the successor of George W. Bush to the predecesseur of Nicolas Sarkozy. In evoking the word, "peace," Obama gave implicit hommage to the action of the old French President who was opposed to the war in Iraq. An American intervention against which the future American President was opposed to when a Senator, at the time of the vote in Congress.

So now our Gaffe-meister-in-Chief is seen as a screw-up in the Left's beloved France. When will it end?

TOTUS had this to add to his comments about the Chirac/Sarkozy faux-pas:

Now you know why we seemed so unprepared for our meeting two weeks ago with Prime Minister Gordon Brown of Great Britain. We were expecting Tony Blair, and had all this really cool personalized stuff for him, but we couldn't very well give those gifts to Brown. It would've been rude, so we just gave him crap from the Smithsonian gift shop.


And Mark Steyn's comments at The Corner at National Review Online Friday referred to another of Obama's mistakes (by way of Hillary's State Department) when he discussed Obama's recorded message to Iran:

Michael, I wouldn't worry so much about President Obama's video message to Teheran. It almost certainly won't work in Iranian VCRs.

Alternatively, if the State Department's Russian outreach is anything to go by, the attempt to sign off with "Have a nice day!" in Farsi will inevitably turn out to mean "I ran into Ayatollah Khamenei and his catamite in the leather bar".

The words, "President Biden," are starting to sound only half-bad these days. Maybe Obama will abdicate...

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