Obama Snubs Sarkozy with Chirac Overture?
Fresh off the heels of snubbing Gordon Brown by not holding a joint press conference with him and giving him a gift that could have been purchased at Wal-Mart, Barack Obama has annoyed Nicolas Sarkozy by sending a mash note to former French president Jacques Chirac asserting that, “I am certain that we will be able to work together, in the coming four years, in a spirit of peace and friendship to build a safer world.”
A minor furor has broken out over this in the American blogosphere. As I note in my New Atlanticist piece, “Obama Reaches Out to Chirac – Another Snub?,” the administration hasn’t explained the letter. I’m sure the intent was benign but it’s not at all clear how Obama plans to work with a 76-year-old out-of-power politician.