Good morning, Netizens...
Since it is an otherwise lovely spring day out there, what better time nor place to take a brief trip down the road toward irreverence as we view a picture of President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama as they are greeted by France's President Nicolas Sarkozy and wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy at Palais Rohan in Strasbourg, France, Friday, April 3, 2009. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Of course, you might wonder at how irreverent this picture might be, until you notice where Sarkozy has his hand. When was the last time you patted your spouse's backside with the whole world watching?
I'm uncertain about it, but it seems that in America we avoid such intimacies in public. It is almost as if we are ashamed of admitting our own minor peccadilloes, especially when the all-seeing eye of the world's Fourth Estate is peering in our direction. However, the French do not seem to think about it much.
It does make me wonder what conscious or subconscious thoughts were soaring through Sarkozy's mind when this picture was taken. Of course, that truly makes this irreverence, doesn't it?