Obama: Drop the Blackberry; stand away from Air Force One with your hands in the air; Go to your room.
The above would be the scenario if Interpol had a protocol department and if SamHenry were assigned to it. A request would have been proffered to be able to follow suspect Barack Obama, President of the United States, as he violates established rules of common sense and diplomatic protocol.
Within the past 48 hours, the internet has been buzzing about his latest faux pas: Declaring in Paris that
“We don’t have a stronger friend and stronger ally than Nicolas Sarkozy, and the French people” Barack Obama said today. Uh oh. No sooner had he done so than Washington-based British analyst Nile Gardiner rushed to his keyboard to blog for the Daily Telegraph: “Quite what the French have done to merit this kind of high praise from the US president is difficult to fathom, and if the White House means what it says this represents an extraordinary sea change in US foreign policy.” Touchy, aren’t we?
He goes on, outraged: “To suggest that Paris and not London is Washington’s strongest partner is simply ludicrous.” And finishes, seemingly frothing at the mouth: “No US president in modern times has described France as America’s closest ally, and such a remark is not only factually wrong but also insulting to Britain, not least coming just a few years after the French famously knifed Washington in the back over the war in Iraq.” Can somebody offer Mr Gardiner an aspirin? [Guardian]
Entering into the complications of the Anglo-French relations over hundreds of years in a very defined way has created a North Atlantic form of the fabled Bermuda Triangle, an area that can be death to shipping.
Sarkozy and Obama are like truant school boys when they get together. They managed to mar the WWII D-day commemoration in Normandy by leaving Queen Elizabeth off the list.
The queen, who is 83, is the only living head of state who served in uniform during World War II. As Elizabeth Windsor, service number 230873, she volunteered as a subaltern in the Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service, training as a driver and a mechanic. Eventually, she drove military trucks in support roles in England. [ NY Times]
SamHenry supports the opinion that Obama has sunk in the diplomatic ratings from “unwise” in his utterances and actions to just “acting stupidly” like the Cambridge Police. This is an appropriate statement at this time since all of the information supporting it is in.