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Obama chewed gum at a D-Day ceremony, and French Twitter is irate

Thanks, Obama.


Ned Donovan


Posted on Jun 6, 2014   Updated on May 31, 2021, 4:34 am CDT

On Friday, various heads of state gathered in Normandy to join the veterans in commemorating the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

One of whom was President Obama, who was caught on camera chewing gum while clapping during the welcome for Her Majesty the Queen. 

French Twitter was, to put it mildly, not happy.

Obama et son chewing-gum. Classe. #DDay70

— Grégory Gasson (@GregGasson) June 6, 2014

#DDay Peu élégante, l’attitude de M #Obama mâchant ostensiblement son chewing gum en pleine cérémonie…

— Thierry Le Bras (@ThierryLeBras2) June 6, 2014


— xoxo (@HoranlyPayne) June 6, 2014

#Obama ac son chewing gum… Pas classe du tout #DDay70

— Laurent Caselli (@LaurentCaselli) June 6, 2014

Obama il mâche son chewing-gum serein ! Il me fascine ! #6juin44 #Obama

— Océane (@Rouxel9) June 6, 2014

Le chewing-gum Obama merde

— Ju’ (@SaisirUnPseudo) June 6, 2014

You don’t need to speak the language to pick up on the anger conveyed by “classe,” “merde,” and, of course, all caps.

Photo via Helga Weber/Flickr (CC-BY-ND 2.0)

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*First Published: Jun 6, 2014, 11:27 am CDT