Same Event in Two Different Worlds?

The Great John Steinbeck wrote in his Travels with Charlie in 1960 [the year President JFK was elected] about a visit he had made to Prague once when he found himself seated next to an old professor on the plane back after the visit.


His guest was highly exited but Steinbeck the Great Maestro of human observation listened and listened until his guest eventually tired.


Afterwards in the book Steinbeck mused to himself that they must have been to two different cities because the Prague his guest had described on the plane was not the same place he [Steinbeck] had just visited, and yet for sure they had both visited Prague and got on the same plane home.


It is the same with Obama’s France and the France [Europe] of President Sarkozy.


Time Rag Senior writer Joe Klein waxes enthusiastically about “a significant triumph for the US as agreed by all people of rational minds” and I have documented that sufficiently elsewhere in other Posts already.


The UK Time Online sees a different picture of the same event in:


I quote verbatim:


The US President is weak, the Spanish leader is dim, the German Chancellor is clinging on to France’s coat-tails and the head of the European Commission is irrelevant.” and:


“That, at any rate, is the world according to President Sarkozy, who has spent the week airing his unvarnished opinions of Barack Obama and an array of international politicians — abruptly ending France’s honeymoon with the US and needling Washington on several strategic issues.” And:


“The US President had underperformed on climate change when they met, Mr. Sarkozy said, according to an account of the MP’s session in the newspaper Libération. “I told him, ‘I don’t think that you have quite understood what we are doing on carbon dioxide’.”


It’s like they were Poles apart, now much further, maybe even irreconcilable? 


Other Blog referrals:





You be the judge!



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