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

Thanks, Obama.


Ned Donovan


Published Jun 6, 2014   Updated 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.

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

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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

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— 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.

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