Two Quotes

Two quotes, totally unrelated.

The first from Streetwise Professor on Emmanuel Macron, with which I agree and wish I’d written myself:

I must confess that I may have misjudged M. Macron. I pegged him as a cipher whom Merkel would dominate. But if anything, Macron is proving to lean more towards Napoleonic ambitions, labeling himself “Jupiter” who aims to overawe the petty squabbling political nation.

Macron left some angered, and others nonplused, by his bonhomie with Trump during the president’s visit to France on Bastille Day. This actually makes perfect sense, and is the best demonstration of his intent to be his own man, rather than a Merkel flunky. As Empress Angela’s pretensions continue to swell, Macron knows that he needs a counterweight. He further knows that Merkel disdains Trump, and Trump don’t think much of her either. So the clever thing to do is to build a relationship to Trump. It signals independence. It will aggravate Angela. And it will provide Macron with some muscle in his dealings with Germany, and with the EU.

The second is from the comments at ZMan’s concerning one of Barack Obama’s attempts at appearing cool. I quote this simply because I found it amusing:

My favorite “Race to the bottom” moment with Obama was when he invited a bunch of rappers to the White House for the “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative, which was designed to help keep young black men free from entanglement with the criminal justice system. Obama was giving a speech, when the ankle bracelet of one of the rappers present started beeping. Rick Ross (the rapper in question) had been charged with kidnapping earlier in the year.

Heh!

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11 thoughts on “Two Quotes

  1. It’s hard to think of any circumstance in which O would seem “cool”. Perhaps a gathering of maiden aunts?

  2. The Macron thing’s curious; I wonder if Francis T had any thoughts on it (had a quick look, couldn’t see anything obvious).

    As far as I can see, Macron, at the age of 39, managed to come from nowhere, to President of France, then in the following (within three months?) Assembly elections, his party managed to get how many delegates?

    All this seems to have been achieved inside a single electoral cycle.

    Does that not look a bit fucking odd?

  3. Good luck with admiring Macron. Whatever he does or doesn’t do with Aunt Angela he is just another politician who can’t solve problems or confront issues in his own country.

    Of course he buttered up to Trump: the Yanks have money and the one thing that the EU needs is money. Lots of it. You can’t keep all those highly paid administrators and paper-shufflers on what Latvia pays in. Wouldn’t surprise me if he and the old bag who is trying to crush Germany didn’t dream this up as a ‘good cop, bad cop’ routine. One for and one against.

    As for Obumble, he really was a joke in lots of ways. History will wonder what on earth he was and why the people of the US thought he was a good idea at the time.

    So there we have two men rapidly elevated through the ranks from nowhere: two ‘leaders’ who had never led anything and couldn’t lead if they had to. But, hey, they got votes, somehow, and that’s all that matters.

  4. Does that not look a bit fucking odd?

    It looks to me as though the Socialists and Hollande totally screwed up so they put forward one of their own – Macron – as an “independent” and simultaneously scuppered Fillon by pumping up some minor (by French standards) scandal. The press and establishment were in on it of course, ensuring Fillon’s scandal got maximum exposure while Macron’s history remained under wraps.

    Macron waltzed in and thought “You know what, I’m going to do whatever I want!”, which is about as French as you can get. What I like is he’s upsetting people I don’t like much, and he’s silenced the wankers in the London media who were all creaming themselves thinking he’s a French Tony Blair and as pro-EU as they come. They’ve all gone *very* quiet.

  5. “It looks to me as though the Socialists and Hollande totally screwed up so they put forward one of their own – Macron – as an “independent” and simultaneously scuppered Fillon by pumping up some minor (by French standards) scandal. The press and establishment were in on it of course, ensuring Fillon’s scandal got maximum exposure while Macron’s history remained under wraps.”

    Well, ok, yes. I’ll take your word for it. But my (deeper?) point, which your explanation also suggests, is that the French political system of the (fourth? fifth? sixth? I forget) Republic can be gamed so successfully in such a short period of time. Maybe that’s just a French thing, but it doesn’t half look odd to me. I suppose the French fishermen and farmers will be putting chains across autoroutes and dumping manure in harbours soon enough.

    “.. he’s silenced the wankers in the London media who were all creaming themselves thinking he’s a French Tony Blair and as pro-EU as they come. They’ve all gone *very* quiet.

    Sure, the Dutch people also decisively rejected that outright Nazi Wilders just before. He got absolutely creamed didn’t he?

    Has Rutte managed to form a government yet?

  6. One thing that might explain Macron apparently cosying up to Trump; Merkel dumping the Hungarians right in it by effectively declaring that the EU had no external borders, was a clear demonstration that French power over the Germans via the EU was effectively nil (since this is the French here, the UK is a complete irrelevance), and also that French power over other EU members was also nil.

    So the French state is desperately looking around for a partner that will provide them with some influence over Germany.

  7. What I like is he’s upsetting people I don’t like much

    Ditto. I find this is a major motivator of my political views these days. I was never keen on Brexit until it became clear that it was opposed by the idiots trust at the Guardian and a variety of smug wankers at the Times and FT.

    I can’t pretend this says much good about me….

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