Does Obama not know Sarkozy is the French President?

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    It has supposedly been reported in last Thursday's online edition of the the French paper, Le Figaro, that Obama sent a letter to former President, Jacques Chirac, thinking he was the current President. What makes it so insulting is that he met Nicolas Sarkozy. Has anyone here heard this story. The bloggers are having fun with it. I am having a hard time believing that Obama and his administration could be that dumb. If this is true, Obama is making Joe Biden look smart. Boy this stuff is great material for Saturday Night Live.
     
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    Yes, I also heard about this.

    Obama Reaches Out to Chirac - Another Snub? | Atlantic Council

    One blogger had some hilarious words for Obama:

    Obama Sarkozy Snub? » Blue Star Chronicles
     
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    Ah, the right, are they ever right about anything?

    Obama was merely replying to a Chirac letter who was writing him as the head of his foundation — the Jacques Chirac Foundation for sustainable development and cultural dialogue.

    The foundation is promoting access to water and medicines in west Africa, combating deforestation in the Congo Basin, and trying to save dying languages in Polynesia, according to a spokesman who helped set up the foundation.

    Obama writes letter to Chirac - blogosphere goes crazy | csmonitor.com
     
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    The position of "remembering stuff for the President" in this case isn't even a Cabinet position. He has a secretary who's supposed to do this for him.

    It's been suggested in the first linked article that he was referring to working with Chirac in the context of the foundation Chirac heads, rather than as President of France, which he obviously isn't. But it was still not the most diplomatic move ever made.
     
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    I did say in my post I had a hard time believing this. I didn't state it as a fact and put out the post to see what others knew.
     
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    Bush Fails Quiz on Foreign Affairs

    :eusa_whistle:
     
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    Which was a GOTCHA MOMENT" for Bush:
    "Glen Johnson - Associated Press Writer - Thursday, Nov. 4, 1999

    WASHINGTON –– Texas Gov. George W. Bush was hit with a surprise quiz on foreign affairs and scored only 25 percent. The Republican presidential front-runner sat down Wednesday with WHDH-TV, the NBC affiliate in Boston, and was asked to name the leaders of four current world hot spots: Chechnya, Taiwan, India and Pakistan.

    He was able to give a partial response to just one: Taiwan.

    That drew immediate criticism from the camp of Democrat Al Gore, which said the vice president could have answered all four correctly.....
    could not answer who is the president of Chechnya," Hughes added.....

    Hiller asked: "Can you name the president of Chechnya?"
    "No, can you?" Bush replied.

    "Can you name the president of Taiwan?" Hiller asked.
    "Yeah, Lee,'" responded Bush, referring to Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui.

    "Can you name the general who is in charge of Pakistan?" asked Hiller, inquiring about Gen. Pervaiz Musharraf, who took over last month in a military coup.
    Bush said: "The new Pakistani general, he's just been elected – not elected, this guy took over office. It appears this guy is going to bring stability to the country and I think that's good news for the subcontinent."
    Hiller persisted, saying "Can you name him?"
    Bush said: "General. I can name the general. General."

    "And the prime minister of India?" asked Hiller, inquiring about a man who was recently re-elected and who last year tested a nuclear bomb.
    Bush said: "The new prime minister of India is – no."

    At that point, Bush responded in kind to Hiller.
    "Can you name the foreign minister of Mexico?" asked the governor, whose home state borders the Central American nation.
    The reporter replied, "No sir, but I would say to that, I'm not running for president."
    Bush said: "What I'm suggesting to you is, if you can't name the foreign minister of Mexico, therefore, you know, you're not capable about what you do. But the truth of the matter is you are, whether you can or not."

    For the record, the president in Chechnya.... is Aslan Maskhadov.
    The prime minister of India is Atal Bihari Vajpayee. "
     
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    Oh stop bitching about the press already. The argument is old. Bush got elected - TWICE with the so-called left wing media in full control.
     
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    Just like you, David, I was putting it in context, not bitching at all.
     

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