I'm willing to bet a cheeseburger flipped on the grill by George W. himself that President Sarkozy told the Bushes that Cecilia Sarkozy couldn't make it because his couple is going through a difficult time (and NOT because of the sore throat).
In this AFP wire, Sarkozy even complains that Cecilia is his only challenge. The French press corp is slowly aiming its sights towards the couple and it's hard to see whatever is going on between the two love birds go on unreported for much longer.
In a similar vein, the presence of Rachida Dati at the Sarkozy holiday retreat is almost certainly pissing off the right-wing (old-white-male) barons, all the way up to Sarko's closest lieutenants. Not only is she a woman; not only is she arabic; but now she goes on f-ing holiday with the man. France's monarchic republic is a jealous place and the royal court blowback is only a question of time.
Sarkozy's manic media maelstrom can continue all it wants - the man flies twice across the Atlantic today - but this morning it's hard to concur with his bad attitude towards the European Central Bank.
Yesterday, the Frankfurt-based mother-ship dumped nearly one hundred billion euros into the world's markets, propping things up after investors panicked because they had stupidly trusted bankers that would give people like me a home loan.
We'll see if the gambit worked, but it's impossible to imagine that France alone in a financial crisis like this could do anything but watch the ticker go by. Indeed, it's in moments like these that Sarkozy's effervescence seems nothing more than manufactured fizz to gate-crash news headlines. European heads of state are but poor players strutting on stage in moments like these. In 2007, when the going really gets tough, you call Europe and not the Elysee palace.
The Sarkozy presidency is simply bizarre. Here he is chasing down two AP photographers on a holiday lake in New Hampshire on a two-week vacation paid for by friends (thought to be a Rothschild banker from Luxembourg).
It's all such a psychodrama. The Figaro (the Figaro!) reports that Minister of Justice Rachida Dati is on the holiday and was actually on the boat when Sarkozy flipped his lid.
The journalist there said Dati -who has reportedly become a cherished protege of the Sarkozy couple- ducked for cover to hide from the cameras.