Monday, 6 April 2009


With thanks to the splendid EUreferendum for noticing this. It's a White House transcript of a speech and Q&A held in Strasbourg on 4 April posted on another website called TPM. I've emboldened the "Bushism" in this extract that The One is allowed to get away with by his PR team or rather the news media.

"Q Sonja Sagmeister from a little country, Austria, from Austrian Television. Mr. President, you said you came here to learn and to listen. So a quite personal question -- what did you learn from your personal talk with the European leaders? And did this change in a certain way your views on Europe and its politics?

PRESIDENT OBAMA: It's an interesting question. I had already formed relationships with many of them. Some of them I had met when I traveled through Europe before my election. Some of them I had met because they came to Washington after the election. This is the first time I've been in a forum with so many of them at the same time.
I'm extraordinarily impressed by the quality of leadership. I am constantly reminded that although there are cultural differences that are important and that we have to be sensitive to, what we have in common between Europe and the United States so vastly exceeds any differences that we have; that we should not forget why we are allies, and we should be careful about some of the easy stereotypes that take place on both sides of the borders.
It was also interesting to see that political interaction in Europe is not that different from the United States Senate. There's a lot of -- I don't know what the term is in Austrian -- wheeling and dealing -- and, you know, people are pursuing their interests, and everybody has their own particular issues and their own particular politics.
But I think it's a testimony to the success of the European Union, as well as NATO, that on very important issues, each leader seems to be able to rise above parochial interests in order to achieve common objectives. And I think that has accounted for some of the extraordinary success and prosperity of Europe over the last several years.

All those jokes about GWB asking how many trillions make a brazilian. A word in the shell-like of the liberal intelligentsia: you can gently take the piss out of someone even if they are black or otherwise non-white western male. when they make a mistake. Although Silvio Berlusconi, being a bald Italian friend of Mr Jowell, is skating on very thin ice (babelfish translation: ees a skaytin on a verrreee theen aice) with his buffoonery.

Update: Will BO talk Turkey in Ankara today?

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