Monday, March 23, 2009

How Do You Say "Screw Up" in French?

I warned Big Guy not to buy Bill Clinton's old address book as part of the Hillary-to-State deal, but does he listen? Now I have this mess to clean up.

All of us here at the White House read French, so for those of you who can't, the article says that Big Guy accidentally sent an official letter of greeting to former French President Jacques Chirac, instead of to current President Nicolas Sarkozy. Guess that explains why the letter to former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder showed up undeliverable the other day.

Now you know why we seemed so unprepared for our meeting two weeks ago with Prime Minister Gordon Brown of Great Britain. We were expecting Tony Blair, and had all this really cool personalized stuff for him, but we couldn't very well give those gifts to Brown. It would've been rude, so we just gave him crap from the Smithsonian gift shop.

Big Guy is really ticked about this latest embarrassment, particularly since even President George W. Bush didn't make these kinds of mistakes. He swears he's going to repair all the damage next month when he goes to the G-7 meeting in London, where he says he plans to also have a long talk with Chairman of the Supreme Soviet Mikhail Gorbachev about re-starting START talks.


  1. And the unraveling continues.........

  2. Looks like "tacky" is the new black this year.

  3. I heard this in the morning from Laura Ingraham's guest host. Don't say I didn't warn you, but Your Guy doesn't seem to have been vetted very well by the press before the election. How long will said MSM keep giving him passes, do you think? (be honest now)

  4. This blog is causing global warming, and should be prosecuted imediately for ecocide. Plus the TOTUS got most of the AIG money.

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  6. This is just un-GDmned believable.

    If this was a Republican gaffe can you IMAGINE the ridicule in the media.

    Rmemember what a big deal they made about GWB saying "New-Clear" instead of Nuclear?

  7. TOTUS, it seems apparent not only do all you high-falutin' White House Big Shots read French, but you also think in French.

  8. TOTUS, is it possible that the POTUS trip to see Jay Leno...was really for in depth "clown lessons"...that the POTUS was learning the fine art of "clowning around" and practice laughing at inappropriate subjects?

    WHEEWWW if so... I hope you proof read his material for Tuesday night...and can identify any inappropriate laughter or any lame jokes.

    Thanks for all you do...keep on scrollin' dude...

  9. Oh TOTUS - please tell me, was it a fill-in-the blank form greeting letter and they even got the one fill-in wrong?

  10. I think the saying would be


  11. I forgot to thank you TOTUS. I needed a good laugh since I was crying over my new TAX bill.

  12. Good grief…can we just unplug POTUS and let TOTUS run everything. This guy is clueless. How do you not know the Chirac is not the President of France and that George Soros is, oops…I mean Sarkozy.

  13. HAR! This site is too funny! What about the meeting he has scheduled with the Ayatollah Khomeini to solve the Iranian problem?

  14. Hey TOTUS:

    I had heard that you made BO give back the 9/11 Winston Churchill gift from the UK when Blair.........I mean..... Brown was in town. It's O/K, I get them mixed up too.

  15. Isn't there enough true stuff out there to use instead of this twisted info.

  16. TOTUS,
    I hear the Big Guy is also sending back the Statue of Liberty. He is going to place a giant Acorn on Liberty Island.

  17. Actually, Obama is meeting with ol'Gorby in real life, possibly at this very moment. I wonder if they'll discuss reunification plans for Germany . . .

  18. Dominique,

    which twisted info would that be-the incident happened.

    More proof of BHO's being nothing more than an empty suit. Sure would like to know who the puppet master is.

  19. W is looking smarter & smarter each & every passing day!

  20. I'm not a fan of PBO, but I do want to point out that he was responding to a letter from Chirac's Institute. In the interest of accuracy, I'm pointing that out.

  21. Telly, didn't Big Guy have to take a language in school? I'm sure he wasn't among the commoners who took Spanish; French would be so more his style. Isn't It's so much more suave to say, ''Haricots verdes,'' than, ''Green beeans.''

  22. What do Turbo-Tim and Ty Lawson have in common? Obama's BlackBerry knows. Check it out at:

  23. I now understand why POTUS picked North Carolina in his basketball brackets. I guess he figures a Tar Heel squad with Michael Jordan starting at guard would be a tough out in the tournament

  24. Gorbachev, yep...
    "Obama met Gorbachev in run-up to Medvedev talks."

  25. Heh, heh... B. O. may be ACTING angry about his "mistakes," but remember, he has "the dull cunning of the snake." --- Sending the letter to Chirac and referring to Gorbachev, both those moves were calculated to put the fear of the Big O into Sarkozy and Putin, er, I mean Medvedev that CHANGE is on the way.... --- They needn't worry, though. The Tony Blair blunder (good one, "TOTUS") wasn't intentional. And they LOVED that B.O. packed up anti-socialist Churchhill and sent him back to England. About their fellow-Marxist, B. O., the French and the Soviets would probably say, "He may be one wicked snake, but he's our wicked snake."

  26. Yes the Europeans have been opposed to Gitmo even the idea of a Gitmo Imagine Americans protecting themselves after 9/11 what were we thinking? I am sure "O" was explaining to the French he would be closing Gitmo.

    AG Eric Holder saying some of the Non Enemy Combatants might be released into America. This is a book about the Men who fought those NON enemy combatants.

    I am really looking forward to the book "Horse Soldiers"

    Horse Soldiers is the dramatic account of a small band of Special
    Forces soldiers who secretly entered Afghanistan following 9/11 and
    rode to war on horses against the Taliban. Outnumbered forty to one,
    they pursued the enemy across mountainous terrain and, after a series
    of intense battles, captured the city of Mazar-i-Sharif, which was
    strategically essential if they were to defeat the Taliban.

  27. Nurse "Ratched" Napolitano Gives America Ultimatum on Sunday Talk Shows. See what it was at:

  28. actually if you click on the link and read the description in le figaro, there is absolutely no reason to think (from what is written) that he did not intent to write chirac.

  29. I had the article from the French newspaper translated online and it seems the French were very objectively just reporting what happened -- saying that it would be akin to the President of any country writing to Bush to say he was looking forward to working with him for the next four years!

    I guess now he also needs a Write-A-Prompter.

  30. Yeah, the Dems were correct; the Obama administration really is the solution for improving our image throughout the international community. We have gone from world superpower to international this then the change that we can believe in?

  31. Speaking of "screw up":

    From the Christian Science Monitor:

    Obama writes letter to Chirac - blogosphere goes crazy
    By Jimmy Orr | 03.23.09

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    Want to know how quickly rumors get spread on the Internet? Here’s a prime example.

    The right side of the web is apoplectic this morning claiming that President Obama doesn’t know who the French president is.

    They point to an article in the French newspaper Le Figaro reporting that President Obama last week wrote a letter to former French President Jacques Chirac.

    “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,” Obama is purported to have written.

    Wrong guy

    This has electrified the Internet. Why would President Obama initiate correspondence with Mr. Chirac instead of President Nicolas Sarkozy?

    One excited blogger writes, “Doesn’t Obama ever consult his staff before acting? Sarkozy is the President there! It’s like Sarko writing to George Bush and saying he looks forward to working with him. Chirac is the FORMER president.”

    That’s a good heads up. But let’s dig a little deeper.

    French-speaking pal

    Our handy colleague, Laurent Belsie, who writes the New Economy blog here at the Monitor, speaks French. (We don’t hold that against him.)

    With his help we found out that another French newspaper, the New Observer, explained that Obama was merely replying to a Chirac letter who was writing him as the head of his foundation — the Jacques Chirac Foundation for sustainable development and cultural dialogue.

    The foundation is promoting access to water and medicines in west Africa, combating deforestation in the Congo Basin, and trying to save dying languages in Polynesia, according to a spokesman who helped set up the foundation.

    Teleprompter jokes

    Of course it is much more fun to write things like “Maybe President Obama’s correspondence office needs a teleprompter too!” But in fact, there doesn’t seem to be a controversy here.

    Le Figaro did opine in its article that “in using the word ‘peace,’ Obama was offering an implicit homage to the former French president who had opposed the Iraq war.”

    But other French news organizations confirmed with Chirac’s entourage that they believed the reference was not in regards to the Iraq war but to Chirac’s current work as head of the foundation.

    Whatever. In any case, there is no evidence that the language has upset President Sarkozy or anyone else in France.

  32. If I had posted this, perhaps I would have taken down by about 11:00 this morning, but you haven't.

    There must be a reason.

    Care to explain?

  33. That the New Economy and New Observer are providing spin for their fellow Marxist, B. Hussein, is NO REASON TO TAKE THIS POST DOWN.

  34. French word for screw-up? Merde!!

  35. "It would've been rude, so we just gave him crap from the Smithsonian gift shop. " LMAO!!!

  36. TOTUS: Error or not, I think it best that you make sure you don't have unprotected networking with any other nodes in the administration. THAT kind of scandal you would never recover from.