I'll Bet Steven Erlanger Does not even Know He should be EmbarrassedHat tip to Jose Guardia - this is truly an appalling piece of writing. What is great is it shows us so much more about the author than about the subject.
I have long considered Steven Erlanger an embarrassment to the New York Times (if the NY Times were capable of embarrassment) but this piece is a classic.
Barbara Cassin, a philosopher, said that Mr. Sarkozy “was less uneducated than it appeared, but he’s still as uneducated as before.” With his new endeavors, she said: “He’s saying: ‘Now I’m up to the level of my position. I’ve become presidential.’ ”
Wow! She's a philosopher. What she says must be important. Erlanger should not get any more column-inches anywhere.