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آخر تحديث:  الأربعاء، 9 نوفمبر/ تشرين الثاني، 2011، 17:00 GMT
President Obama and President Sarkozy at G20

Presidents Sarkozy and Obama exchanged private comments about another world leader which became public

Today's topic is gaffes: when politicians say things that they really don't expect or want to be made public.

At the recent G20 summit in Cannes the French President, Nicolas Sarkozy, made some private remarks to President Obama which are now out in the open.

Talking about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Sarkozy said: "I can't look at him any more ... he's a liar." "You're sick of him," replied Obama in some exasperation, "I have to deal with him every day."

French journalists initially agreed not to print the quotes. Was it ethically unsound or was it the overbearing deference, even fear, with which French journalists approach the political class? British journalists have no such 'respect' for politicians as former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown found to his cost during the 2010 UK general election.

He had just spoken to a woman in the street and didn't realise that a microphone he was wearing was still live. After getting into his car he called her "A bigoted woman." It certainly didn't help his election prospects.

Sarkozy and Brown are far from being the only world leaders to put their feet in their mouths. One of the most famous examples is a recording of US president Ronald Reagan warming up for a radio broadcast and not realising the microphones were live:

"My fellow Americans, I'm pleased to tell you today that I've signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes."

So what do you think of today's story? Should these gaffes by politicians be made public or should journalists respect a certain amount of private space? Is it unprofessional of politicians to talk this way or entirely natural?

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gaffes
أخطاء

out in the open
في العلن

exasperation
غضب

ethically unsound
غير سوي أخلاقيا

the throne
احترام شديد

overbearing deference
احترام شديد

live
مباشر

bigoted
متعصب

put their feet in their mouths
يقول شيئا محرجا

warming up
يستعد

words

words

استمعmp3

.لاستخدام هذا الملف لابد من تشغيل برنامج النصوص "جافا"، وأحدث الإصدارات من برنامج "فلاش بلاير"

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