At the eve of every international summit, it's always the same story about a French president and the Anglo-Saxons especially when the former is thinking about reelection and is unpopular at home:
The French President is attempting a little one-upmanship over Mr Obama. He has made no secret of his frustration over the US leader’s failure to respond to his overtures. Privately, he sees Mr Obama as overrated and now politically weakened. He is said to have given him “9 out of 20” for his speech on the economy and healthcare this month.
What is funny about this new and phony gimmick is that nobody seems to remember how much Sarkozy loves America (he spent his first summer vacation as president in New Hamsphire and how much America, at least some its too eager journalists (Roger Cohen) and its fashion victim politicians (New Gingrich and Rudy Giuliani) used to love him. What happened? Sarkozy realized that in France it never pays to be an Atlantist and that it wasn't in his interest to be as close to Obama as he was to Bush given that closeness in this case since Obama has been sanctified as the new Messiah even though he is losing his mojo, looks like weakness and subservience while in the case of Bush, it looked like an act of political courage given the fact that he was a president in a friend on the international scene .