The Girl From Ipanema Goes Walking

The Girl From Ipanema Goes Walking

The Girl From Ipanema Goes Walking

The XX Factor
What Women Really Think
July 10 2009 4:59 PM

The Girl From Ipanema Goes Walking

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Hanna, I agree with you that I was entertained by what looked like a rare moment of unguardedness from our commander-in-chief. But you're right, the video shows that Obama is a perfect gentleman, while Sarkozy takes undisguised pleasure in the girl from Rio. This whole now-international non-event actually makes me feel sorry for people in public life. Yes, most of them have asked for the spotlight, but it's got to be crazy-making to have to monitor your every word, facial expression, and glance-and then be called to account for the slightest instance of simply being human. I have a fondness for Sarko-he's such a combination of boldness, passion, and insecurity. Watching the video you can't help being tickled by his delighted amusement at life's passing parade.

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Photograph of Nicolas Sarkozy at the G8 summit by Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images.

Emily Yoffe is a contributing editor at the Atlantic.