President Obama Friday managed to insult French President Nicolas Sarkozy while flirting with his wife. Take a look.
I know he meant well. And I hate to think I might be taking an effort at lightness too seriously.
But this moment embodies two perilous situations: When a stiff man tries to loosen up, and when a short, not particularly attractive man receives a comment about his looks. And I think the peril veered into a minor diplomatic accident.
Obama and Sarkozy are hardly chums. The reaction in the French media has been mixed.
Given that the French are sensitive creatures still sore over their long-lost claim to world leadership, it might have been better for Obama not to be needling their president.