Hot Mic: The Biggest Political Gaffes

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

In the age of slick PR machines, it is difficult to get a sense of a candidate's real personality or feelings on an issue. But with microphones all around them, private conversations and off the cuff remarks sometimes slip out. On Tuesday, French President Nicolas Sarkozy was the most recent leader to land in hot water. The Takeaway looks at some of the biggest political gaffes made when the microphones were left on.

Journalists at the G20 summit overheard a private conversation with President Obama. Talking about the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Sarkozy said, "I can’t stand him any more, he’s a liar." Obama replied, "You may be sick of him, but me, I have to deal with him every day."

Produced by:

Susie Warhurst

Comments [5]

listener

This is the anniversary of Kristallnacht when the 99 percent of Germany and Austria targeted the one percent of business owners they scapegoated for all their economic troubles. To be fair, those thugs did more than just "occupy" churches back then like St. Paul's in London today which was closed down for safety concerns for the first time since the Blitz. Considering the particular hate speech uttered at OWS and the extremist endorsements it has received in recent weeks which is being deliberately ignored by most of the national media, is it worth having a romp through that infamous history?

Nov. 09 2011 11:22 AM
anna22 from new york

"Do you think this will help Obama with Jewish supporters"
Well, the problem with American (born) Jews is that they are illiterate and totally brainwashed. Sitting on a couch bubbling about bubbling can't replace solid education.

Nov. 09 2011 09:54 AM
anna22 from new york

I am not sure it was a gaffe. It's possible that Sarkozy was catering to his large Muslim population.
The fact is that two absolute scoundrels are running the most powerful countries.
I am not American born and got my solid lessons of history long before I actually became a historian. I know that non-lying politicians don't exist.

Nov. 09 2011 09:49 AM
D.L.Mc

Do you think this will help Obama with Jewish supporters. Good job of pretending this story is about everybody but him.

Nov. 09 2011 09:10 AM
listener

Distract and dilute from the original comment involving two votes on the Security Council who bow before Saudi dictators putting down an Israeli PM while Israel is staring down an Iranian nuclear barrel in the coming years.

(chortle)..."yikes"..."gotta love"...(giggle)

"Think about it"

Nov. 09 2011 08:55 AM

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