November 8th, 2011
01:13 PM ET
At last week’s G-20 summit in Cannes, France, world leaders gathered to find a fix for the global economy, but it’s a whisper between President Obama and French President Nicolas Sarkozy that is now being heard around the world.
A private conversation that was accidentally overheard by some reporters is so inflammatory that when asked about it, White House spokesman Jay Carney only said, “I don’t have any comment on the specific conversation.”
So what is it now that has the White House dodging a controversy?
According to Reuters, several reporters plugged headphones into a translation box that is commonly used at events where multiple languages are spoken. They say that they heard Sarkozy tell Obama that he is sick of dealing with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
"I cannot bear Netanyahu, he's a liar," Sarkozy reportedly told Obama, apparently not realizing that anyone else was listening.
CNN could not independently confirm the details of the conversation, and it’s unclear what else the two world leaders discussed. When pressed on the issue, Carney again refused to comment, instead citing the public disagreement between the two presidents over a recent vote on Palestinian membership in the United Nations Education and Social Committee.
“It's well known that the president - and that the U.S. and France do not agree on the UNESCO vote regarding the Palestinians, and the president's very firm position has been that efforts to achieve UN membership or membership in UN agencies by the Palestinians were premature and counter productive to the ultimate goal here which was a negotiated peace between the two parties,” Carney said during a gaggle aboard Air Force One en route Philadelphia.
President Obama, who visited a Head Start program in a Philadelphia suburb Tuesday, took tough shots at Congressional inaction but made no mention of this brewing controversy.