French President Nicolas Sarkozy is in Washington,D.C. visiting with President Bush and First Lady Laura. Last night they hosted a black tie formal dinner for him.
"I've come to Washington to bear a very simple, straight-forward message...I wish to reconquer the heart of America." That's the money line from his little speech at the dinner last night.
I have a little crush on President Sarkozy. He had me at his acceptance speech on his election night.
I am very encouraged about this little trend growing in Europe these days. Now that the countries of 'Old Europe' have fairly well been ruined with socialism and turning a blind eye to the growing hostility of radicalized young Muslims, they are coming home to common sense. Despite what our own media would have you believe, America is not the cause of the world's problems. America is looked to for solutions. People from all over the world are still coming here every day to pursue the American dream. All along, though Europeans may have been irritated with American foreign policy, they maintained friendly connections to the American people. They didn't hold Americans accountable for the administration's policies. So, the whole continued drum beat in the press that 'everyone hates us' never rang true.
First we watched Angela Merkel's rise to lead Germany. She stated from the outset that she intends to forge a strong friendship with the leaders in America and then her country will reap the benefits. Stephen Harper, the conservative candidate, won the Prime Minister slot in Canada. Same thing. And now we have President Sarkozy.
Today he spoke before a joint session of Congress. I wish the two buffoons sitting directly behind his podium, Grandma Mimi and Robert (KKK) Byrd, were half as much a class act as him. He spoke of the ''eternal debt we owe America" for the liberation of France during World War II. He attended a ceremony to celebrate WWII veterans and presented them with medals. He received nine standing ovations during his speech this morning.
My husband, no fan of the French after his many trips there for business, was so moved listening to the speech on the radio this morning that he called me and asked if I was listening. He was in shock. So, when I said I've changed my position about going to Paris now as a tourist and do, in fact, now actually want to go, he said it'd be ok. It's a hopeful time now.
President Bush said, "I have a partner in peace." President Sarkozy has his work cut out. I think his time has come.
No more cheese eating surrender monkeys.