Obamas Decline Sarkozys' Invitation

The Obamas arrive in Paris tonight for the 65th anniversary of D-Day, but will be dining without the Sarkozys: The couple reportedly declined a dinner invitation from the French president and his wife, Carla Bruni. While the president no doubt has a packed schedule, rumors are swirling that he's hesitating to spend much time with Sarkozy because Sarkozy told colleagues that Obama is inexperienced and unknowledgeable, particularly in the realm of climate change. The dinner decline, coupled with Queen Elizabeth’s anger over not being invited to the D-Day commemoration, incited one newspaper to write, “Sarkozy has pulled off a double hit: insulting Queen Elizabeth and exasperating Obama.” The French media has, for some time, mocked Sarkozy’s attempts at befriending Obama.