James Lileks has this little exchange in today's Bleat
I admit. I have a fantasy. Kerry wins. He’s having a summit with Tony Blair. In the middle of the conversation, Chirac calls up; Kerry excuses himself and has a brief chat about a new resolution to let French oil companies bid on reconstruction projects, and they have an amiable conversation in French. Kerry hangs up.
“Your predecessor,” Blair says, “spoke to him in English.”
“I know,” says President Kerry. “He couldn’t speak French.”
“He didn’t have to,” Blair notes. He gives a tight smile. And sighs. And gets down to explaining what now must be done.
That says it all.