Thursday, February 4, 2010

Un Faux Ami

From Charles Bremner:

Hillary Clinton was in town last week. She denied in a speech that there was any coolness and reassured Europe of the administration's undying commitment.  There was an amusing moment when she dropped in to visit Sarkozy at the Elysée Palace, according to le Canard Enchaîné.  Super-Sarko, always eager to try out his English, tried to apologise to the Secretary of State about the miserable Paris weather. What he said was: "I am sorry for the bad time" (Time -- [temps ] --  and weather are the same word in French).

1 comment:

Boz said...

Nice find, although I have to say that one of the main points of Bremner's piece ("Unlike his predecessors, Obama does not see the bond with Europe as central to his world view") has got a tinge of racism that's unfortunately become the standard view among many in Europe. He's much more accurate when cynical: "other matters weigh more heavily than photo-opportunities with Europe's leaders."