The world is now officially turned on its ear. The cheese-eating, winebibbing surrender monkeys in Paris are criticizing The Dear Leader, Billy Bob Barry Barack Hussein Muhammad bin Obama, as ineffectual, weak, and unoriginal.
These are the same surrender monkeys, by the way, whose strategy for dealing with Nazism was "run!" Ineffectual, indeed.
But when the French are busting your chops and calling you a weakling, you very definitely have an image problem. So much for Obama, The Savior Of The World, and The Restorer Of The American Image Abroad.
Charles Bremner, in Britain's Times Online, writes of French President Sarkozy:
Mr Sarkozy is pouring cold water on President Obama's efforts to recast American leadership on the world stage, depicting them as unoriginal, unsubstantial and overrated. Behind leaks and briefings from the Elysée Palace lies Mr Sarkozy's irritation at the rock-star welcome that Europe gave Mr Obama on his Europan tour earlier this month.
The American President's call "to free the world of the menace of a nuclear nightmare" was hot air, Mr Sarkozy's diplomatic staff told him in a report.
The French said that. Hot air. Get it - the FRENCH are saying Barry is full of hot air. Please tell me I am not the only one who sees the irony here.
President Sarkozy "... is annoyed by what he sees as the naivety and the herd mentality of the media," said a journalist who is privy to Elysée thinking.
The French think Obama and the Americans he represents are naive. Good to see that the image of America is improving abroad.
Bremner also writes:
According to ... leaks, Mr Sarkozy shamed Mr Obama into intervening: "You were elected to build a new world. Tax havens are the embodiment of the old world," he is quoted as saying. He also reprimanded Mr Obama for setting US goals for climate change that were inferior to Europe's, according to his staff.
Again, according to the Sarkozy version, at the Nato summit in Strasbourg, Mr Obama was meekly yielding to Turkey's refusal to endorse Anders Fogh Rasmussen as the alliance's new Secretary-General. It took pressure from Mr Sarkozy and Chancellor Merkel of Germany to stiffen him up and change his mind, say the French.
Now, bear with me on this one. The European version of the G20 is that Barry Obama was getting pushed around by the French and Germans? I mean, Germany I understand - they probably still have a few SS uniforms in storage. But since when have the French successfully pushed around anybody?
I am thinking around the time of Napoleon?
You know, an adult male is never going to get into a scrape with a brownie scout. Even if you win, what exactly have you proven? And I expect that the pleasure of having survived mortal combat with a brownie scout is soon swallowed by a very real existential crisis in which one begins to question his own manhood.
I can imagine Sarkozy looking himself in the mirror right now and crying - thinking about the man that he once was. "So it has all come to this! Carla! Bring me some cheese and wine! And please, see if Mike Tyson is available - I am having doubts about my masculinity after having so easily abused Barack Hussein Obama."
Strange how that rock-star image doesn't, ummmm, translate well overseas, isn't it? I guess the French have their own rock stars....
See the Bremner story.