‘Classless’ Obama chomps on gum at D-Day ceremonies; ‘quelle horreur,’ cry the French

Maybe it’s another quit-smoking strategy.

Or he’s just chewing over new ways to insult American vets after trading a potential deserter for five of the most vicious terrorist commanders in American custody.

No matter what it was, President Obama drew international attention – and no small amount of derision – when he was caught on camera chewing gum like an ill-mannered teenager during Friday’s D-Day anniversary ceremonies in Normandy, France.

For a man with a White House staff supposedly obsessed with “optics,” getting caught on camera looking like he’s planning to skip out of study hall is an enormous black eye — for himself and his country.

Twitter users, of course, were watching.

And after Obama’s juvenile antics like that infamous “selfie” at Nelson Mandela’s funeral, chewing gum at Friday’s D-Day commemoration was a faux pas his French host country couldn’t ignore.

Warning: Some of the language is a little risque.

“Pure class” if you like sarcastic Frenchmen.

Or a little more straight-forwardly:

“No class at all” to you and me.

And here’s one that should infuriate the Obamabots — one of their treasured European buddies comparing Obama to that cowboy from Texas. It asks “can anyone ask Barack Obama to stop chewing his gum like a cowboy?”

Here’s how a helpful American answered:

Or how about one word most people picked up from high school French (or friends who took it.)

That’s one way of saying chewing gum on formal occasions isn’t tres chic.

Joe Saunders

Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at [email protected].

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