If you can’t say somethin’ nice…November 8, 2011
Presidents and Vice Presidents have been caught with an accidentally-live mic many times over the years. My favorite isn’t the Dick Cheney/George W. Bush 2000 campaign blunder, but instead the famous Reagan joke about declaring the Soviet Union illegal and that the bombing starts in five minutes.
However, the Sarkozy/Obama exchange last week at the G20 summit may beat them all. At least the others were light-hearted. These two supposed world leaders should have better sense than to discuss their feelings about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu where there could be a live mic.
What this tells us, besides, are a couple of things I have suspected for a long time – first, that Obama is a petty little man. He should have better than to talk to another world leader in such a way at all, in public or not. I’ve never thought of those two as soul mates. They don’t seem to have the kind of bond that Bush 43 and Tony Blair did after 9/11. Instead, he showed himself to just basically not handle himself very well on the world stage – again.
Besides, it shows us where the US position with Israel really is, and it should show Netanyahu as well. Besides Thumper’s Dad’s warning – “If you can’t say somethin’ nice, don’t say anything at all,” both of these “statesmen” would do well to remember another basic rule:
“It’s better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.”