'We don’t have a stronger friend and stronger ally than Nicolas Sarkozy, and the French people.' --Barack Obama
This guy doesn't have an ounce of diplomacy in his entire being. I'll agree that the relationship with France is far better than when Chirac was trying to implement France's model for a European empire. But by saying that we have no bigger ally tells Britain, Japan, Australia, Germany, and other nations we have worked with in the past, that they aren't measuring up to his imagined standard.
Besides, didn't Obama snub Sarkozy awhile back?
What the hell could have changed so much that he now has to elevate France above the other nations we share common goals and interests with?
Look, France is our ally. A few years ago, there were strong arguments that they were undermining the U.S., over the war in Iraq. But now, the underminers are gone. And we are in a much better relationship, much to the credit of Pres. Sarkozy. But let's not get carried away and state things that can hurt the rapport we have with other nations in the process.
Remember, in the wake of this recent tragedy in Tucson, we are being told that words do matter. If this is true in THAT particular case, I think they matter here too.
We need all of our allies. We need the French, but we need all of them in different ways.
It's like how you love your family. You love your spouse differently than your parents, your siblings, cousins, and your children. But you love them all and you do not love any one of them more than the other, just differently. And you certainly do not tell one of them that you love him/her more, in front of the entire family at a cookout.