Theodore's World: Mic's Accidently Left On At G20 Meeting: Sarkozy admits he 'can't stand' Israeli premier. Obama: You're fed up with him? I have to deal with him every day!

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November 08, 2011

Mic's Accidently Left On At G20 Meeting: Sarkozy admits he 'can't stand' Israeli premier. Obama: You're fed up with him? I have to deal with him every day!

Report: Sarkozy calls Netanyahu 'liar'

Microphones accidently left on after G20 meeting pick up private conversation between US, French presidents. Sarkozy admits he 'can't stand' Israeli premier. Obama: You're fed up with him? I have to deal with him every day!

French President Nicolas Sarkozy reportedly told US President Barack Obama that he could not "stand" Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and that he thinks the Israeli premier "is a liar."

According to a Monday report in the French website "Arret sur Images," after facing reporters for a G20 press conference on Thursday, the two presidents retired to a private room, to further discuss the matters of the day.

The conversation apparently began with President Obama criticizing Sarkozy for not having warned him that France would be voting in favor of the Palestinian membership bid in UNESCO despite Washington's strong objection to the move.

The conversation then drifted to Netanyahu, at which time Sarkozy declared: "I cannot stand him. He is a liar." According to the report, Obama replied: "You're fed up with him, but I have to deal with him every day!"

The remark was naturally meant to be said in confidence, but the two leaders' microphones were accidently left on, making the would-be private comment embarrassingly public.

The communication faux pas went unnoticed for several minutes, during which the conversation between the two heads of state – which quickly reverted to other matters – was all but open to members the press, who were still in possession of headsets provided by the Elysée for the sake of simultaneous translation during the G20 press conference.

"By the time the (media) services at the Elysée realize it, it was on for at least three minutes," one journalist told the website. Still, he said that reporters "did not have a chance to take advantage of this fluke."

The surprising lack of coverage may be explained by a report alleging that reporters present at the event were requested to sign an agreement to keep mum on the subject of the embarrassing comments.

A member of the media confirmed Monday that "there were discussions between journalists and they agreed not to publish the comments due to the sensitivity of the issue."

He added that while it was annoying to have to refrain from publishing the information, the journalists are subject to precise rules of conduct.


Wild Thing's comment......

Disgusting, both of them. Typical of the French they always think they are better then anyone else. And typical of Obama with his hate for Jews and Israel.

God bless Bibi!!

Posted by Wild Thing at November 8, 2011 04:55 AM


Emasculated males usually have a dislike for real men.

Posted by: BobF at November 8, 2011 07:40 AM

Nothing surprising here except maybe the fact that Sarkozy would confide anything to obama. obama snubbed Sarkozy on obama's first trip to France. Michele obama flew over on a seperate plane and she and benito hussein turned down a French state dinner in their honor to dine alone(well, with the huge entourage that accompanies both WH residents wherever they go. Don't remember if that included hussein's MIL).

Posted by: TomR, armed in Texas at November 8, 2011 08:38 AM

Once again the true feelings of these two "respected" World Leaders", are left out in the open.

Any question as to whether or not, blatant Anti-Semitism, still exists in Europe, as it did in the Thirties in Germany, can now be put to rest.

As far as Obama is concerned, we should not be surprised. When he is dealing with anyone of Netanyahu's caliber, he is seriously overmatched. Add to that, his, oh so obvious, love of all things Palistinian/Arab/Muslim, and you have a perfect picture of our Dear Leader.

Posted by: Sean at November 8, 2011 11:25 AM

It is surprising that Sarkozy and Obama are thick as thieves. Since the French Banks are so bad that France is the second nation behind Greece on the potential failure list. I think we can be sure that France is going under or Sarkozy would not be paling up to Obama. That he is buttering up the only sucker who might be able to lend enough money to save France is worrying.

Posted by: Avitar at November 8, 2011 03:14 PM

Thank you so much.

I agree Avitar it is odd for them to buddy up like this. Your right too Obama does not like Sarkozy.

Posted by: Wild Thing at November 9, 2011 03:07 AM