Alternate headline: “Sarkozy begs Obama to make European debt crisis much worse”
From the Washington Times:
CANNES, France — President Obama was greeted at the G-20 summit in this seaside resort Thursday with a plea by French President Nicolas Sarkozy to get more involved in resolving Europe’s spiraling debt crisis.
“We need the leadership of Barack Obama,” Mr. Sarkozy said after the two leaders huddled to start the meeting of the world’s industrialized and large, developing nations. “We need the solidarity and support of the United States of America.”
The leadership of Barack Obama? You can replicate that yourself, Mr. Sarkozy — just blame the debt on Bush, then go ride around in a bus, eat cheeseburgers and shout “pass this jobs bill” a few hundred times. Somehow things will work out okay.
Answering the call for help, Obama immediately went to work on behalf of the people of France:
“Obama insults Sarkozy,” blared the headline on one French website, taking umbrage at Mr. Obama’s wayward remark at the G-20 summit here about the physical appearance of French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
Mr. Obama thought he was making a gentle joke about Mr. Sarkozy, host of the summit, when he congratulated Mr. Sarkozy and wife Carla Bruni on the birth of their baby daughter on Oct. 19. Instead, Mr. Obama caused a minor international incident.
“I want to make mention that this is our first meeting since the arrival of the newest Sarkozy, and so I want to congratulate Nicolas and Carla on the birth of Giulia,” Mr. Obama told reporters shortly after his arrival at the G-20, with Mr. Sarkozy at his side. “And I informed Nicolas on the way in that I am confident that Giulia inherited her mother’s looks rather than her father’s, which I think is an excellent thing.”
Trust me, Nicolas, you’d rather have Obama calling you fugly than helping you with the debt crisis.