During a joint press conference, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and US presidential hopeful Barack Obama expressed mutual admiration and presented shared views on issues like Iran, the Middle East, the environment, and Darfur.
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French president Nicolas Sarkozy and his would-be American colleague Barack Obama patted each other on the shoulder, clasped arms, cracked jokes. At a joint press conference, the two politicians gave every evidence of complicity and mutual admiration. Sarkozy referred to the Illinois Senator as “Barack,” warmly introducing him by saying, "Obama's adventures ring true in our hearts and minds… We agreed on a great many things,"
Though Sarkozy did not go so far as to officially endorse Obama’s candidacy, he did make his feelings clear, saying, "I'm especially happy to be meeting with the Senator I met in 2006, when we were talking about things like Darfur. There were two of us in that office, one of whom became president. Let the other do likewise."
Taking his turn to make opening remarks, Obama recalled Sarkozy's first official visit to the
Obama went on to call Sarkozy a "great leader" and said of the latter's recent
They discussed common security challenges, including peace in the Middle East, plans for
Obama thanked Sarkozy and the French people for their willingness to step up troop support in
Sarkozy prioritised climate change, about which Obama returned, "Should I end up being the next president of the
When asked why his
Obama said he admired Sarkozy's "energy," adding "I want to find out how he eats." He declared that Sarkozy possessed precisely the kind of energy needed for a world leader.
Date created : 2008-07-25