Bringing his own color-coordinated lectern yesterday, Sarko made a media appearance in front of a friendly audience, the Columbia University World Leaders forum,
Columbia organizers said the French provided their own white lectern and light gray rug for the speech, and also requested a special espresso machine.
The podium and rug complemented the color-coordinated French first couple – including his black suit and white tie and her wraparound black top, gray skirt and black-and-white umbrella.
In a change from the usual protocol, Sarkozy entered the Low Library by walking up the middle of the grand staircase that faces the Columbia campus, instead of from behind a gold curtain like most other speakers.
While at it he asked for more government intervention,
“The world needs an open America, a generous America, an America that shows the way, an America that listens,” he said, calling on the U.S. to champion firm regulations of financial systems, from tax havens to hedge funds.
So much for his old days of being a leader interested in promoting free enterprise.
Sarko and Carla made a big show of affection for the media,
After arriving in New York on Sunday, the presidential couple left their hotel with arms wrapped around one another, smiling for cameras and kissing before going to lunch at the Boathouse restaurant in Central Park with Sarkozy’s son from his second marriage, 12-year-old Louis, who goes to school in New York.
There are [LANGUAGE WARNING: LINK NOT SUITABLE FOR WORK] rumors about the marriage.
Let’s hope the perineal training was worth it and things work out between the two.
Meanwhile, Carla and Sarko are having dinner with Michelle and Obama tonight. Michelle Obama’s Mirror hopes Carla wears underwear.
Sometimes the news cycle outdoes the tawdry reality shows in the battle of the botox. This is one of those times.