Omigod. This is just, like, so totally cool. OK, so like, Obama? He was at this, summit thing? The G-something? With all these world leaders? And he totally fixed this one huge argument that these two leaders? I forget their names? But anyway, they were having this totally lame argument about, something or other, and Obama fixed it all by changing one word.
I can’t remember what it was about, because it all seemed so stupid, but hang on. It was on the front page of the L.A. Times because it was so totally cool. Lemme find it.
OK, so lemme see what it was about. OK, here.
The sticking point was whether to officially recognize a list of tax havens being published by the Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development as part of an attempt to crack down on those trying to escape taxes.
See? It sounds important. He’s always talking about important stuff.
The U.S. did not have a strong position on the question.
But Sarkozy insisted on recognizing the list. Hu opposed it . . .
Hu Jintao did, that’s Hu. OK, I’ll shut up.
. . . reasoning that G-20 members would have no role in formulating it.
Experts say it’s the kind of small dispute that holds up international agreements all the time.
I mean, that totally would have been the end of it. But then Obama stepped in.
“There was a great deal of back and forth,” the Obama administration official said, speaking about the private meeting on condition of anonymity.
Finally, Obama proposed that, rather than “recognizing” the list, G-20 leaders simply “note” it.
I mean, that’s why I voted for this guy. He’s just, like, a genius. I think the L.A. Times can tell, too:
For anyone looking for clues in Obama’s first appearance as president on the world stage about his view of his role, it was an illustrative moment.
Yeah, they totally think he’s cool, too. Just like me. I think that’s why they’re doing so good. I love that paper.
Like, I bet Obama can make peace in the Middle East too. Like, maybe Hamas? Maybe they’re saying they don’t want to recognize Israel? But maybe Obama can just tell them: OK, so can you just “note” Israel? And I bet Hamas would be all, sure. “Noted.”
And then everybody would hug and nobody would kill each other any more. Just because of one word. You know?
I mean, I bet George Bush could have done that. I mean, if he wasn’t all arrogant and everything.