Did Journalists Promise to Stay Silent on Obama-Netanyahu Gaffe?
Let me say at the outset that as it stands, this is only being sourced from one location. Having had some experience with relaying quotes that turn out to be bunk, I think this is worth noting. However, if there’s any truth to it, it is absolutely worth talking about.
Apparently President Obama had a moment similar to the one George W. Bush got caught in several years ago with Prime Minister Tony Blair. At the G20 last Thursday, following a joint press conference with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, President Obama decided to pull off to a private room to discuss things not for public consumption with Sarkozy.
What types of things you ask?
a) Iran’s nuclear weapons program?
b) Libya’s increasingly radical government?
c) China’s rampant pirating?
d) Gossiping about how they totally hate a different world leader?
If you guessed (d) then you are sadly correct.
It turns out that Sarkozy is not a big fan of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. And now everyone knows it because when they retired to this private room, their microphones were left on and every journalist in the press conference area was able to hear every word they said.
The conversation started when Obama scolded Sarkozy for not giving him appropriate warning of the French plans to vote in favor of Palestinian membership into the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). However, eventually it turned in to a conversation of teenage sleepover proportions when Sarkozy announced of Israel’s Netanyahu, “I cannot stand him. He is a liar.”
President Obama, showing his depth of character and statesmanlike demeanor, responded by complaining, “You’re fed up with him, but I have to deal with him every day!”
Oh you poor world leaders.
Now you may be asking yourself, “Self, why would this just be coming out now if it happened on Thursday?” An excellent question, with an answer that is at the same time incredible and completely expected. The press swore to keep it super-secret.
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.”
So basically the G20 became a high school dance where the two popular guys were overheard talking mad smack about the Jewish kid. Then, all the other kids (you know, the ones that wish they could hang with the Bamster and that Sarkozy dude that dates the really hot chick) promised not to say anything in hopes that it would impress their idols so that next year they’d get invited to the big senior bash.
Yeah, the future of planet Earth is in great hands.