24.3.09

Barack Obama a écrit à Jacques Chirac/Barack Obama writes to Jacques Chirac

The new Obama Administration foriegn relations team kicking around some new ideas on diplomacy

Le Figaro 03/19/09
Le président américain vient d'adresser une lettre «très sympathique » à Jacques Chirac, selon l'expression de ce dernier. «Je suis certain que nous pourrons au cours des quatre années à venir collaborer ensemble dans un esprit de paix et d'amitié afin de construire un monde plus sûr» , écrit le successeur de George W. Bush au prédécesseur de Nicolas Sarkozy. En évoquant le mot de « paix», Obama rend un hommage implicite à l'action de l'ancien président français qui s'était opposé à la guerre en Irak. Une intervention américaine contre laquelle le futur président américain s'était opposé comme sénateur, lors du vote au Congrès.

OK I know this didn't make it on the headlines over here, because I would have heard about it before this. It seems that the BO has written a letter to Jacques Chirac. This letter has even the French scratching their heads. In the world of Diplomacy the French, well, basically invented it this is a faux pas of enormous size.

Here is my translation of the above...

Barack Obama writes to Jacques Chirac...

The American president has just addressed a "friendly" letter to Jacques Chirac, according to his own words. "I am certain that we will be able during the four years to come to collaborate together in a spirit of peace and of friendship in order to construct a surer world", writes the successor of George W. Bush to the predecessor of Nicolas Sarkozy. While evoking the word of "peace", Obama sends an implicit homage to the action of the French former president who was opposed to the war in Iraq. An American intervention against which the future American president also had while a senator in the vote on the war in Iraq in the Congress.


After giving a present of American DVDs to the British Prime Minister this improvement in the diplomatic relations between our oldest ally can only be seen as an improvement in relations.

By the way, American videos don't play on British DVD players, but the White House just laughted it off. Can't you take a joke? So stuffy sometimes.
Send the Germans a case of Coors.
Dieu le Roy,
Brantigny

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