Last week, at the G-20 Summit in France, financial ministers and political leaders from 20 nations gathered to discuss global economic issues.
But apparently, a little smack talking was also on the agenda, at least for French President Nicolas Sarkozy and President Obama were unknowingly overheard -- bashing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (Oops!)
"I cannot stand him. He is a liar," President Sarkozy uttered.
Then, Obama replied, "I know you're fed up with him, but I have to deal with him much more often!"
The conversation was first reported by Arret Sur Images, a French website, which said they heard the story via an interpreter, but none of the journalists initially wanted to report it. But those slackers, Reuters and Associated Press, also present at the summit, confirmed reports Tuesday.
Unfortunately for us, there's no sound bite (although the microphones were on, they weren't recording). And nothing juicy has been said about the conversation by any of Sarkozy’s people, the Obama administration, or those in Netanyahu’s office. Lame.
Overall, this foot-in-mouth-uh-oh won't strongly affect US-Israeli ties as Netanyahu’s honesty has been questioned before by Israel’s own policymakers and public. But it may dent Obama’s "global citizen" image a bit; a pretty counter-intuitive maneuver for someone running for re-election in less than a year. Tsk tsk!
As for Sarkozy, it just makes him look more French.
In other news, Michele Bachmann wants an apology.
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