Obama was going for the type of joke you throw at the frat brother whose been your friend for decades, and with whom you’ve spent many pleasantly inebriated evenings. It is not the type of joke you throw at the French President in a formal setting. In this latter context, without a long friendship and a few beers, it is as mean and condescending as anything else this mean and condescending man has said over the years:
Or see here.
Everybody keeps telling me the man is charming. I just don’t see it. I see a self-involved, ponderous boor.
Hat tip: Keith Koffler