Obama and Sarkozy aren't the first and they won't be the last public figures whose "private words" are recorded for all to hear.
‘I have defended Netanyahu throughout my political life,’ French president tells Jewish leaders.It doesn't matter what Obama or Sarkozy say now; that unguarded quip said it all. But the story almost never got out. Most of the reporters who heard the exchange agreed to keep it secret. That brings me back to the days when the sex life of beloved politicians, such as U.S. President John F. Kennedy, were known by the press but kept under wrap. No doubt that early in Berlusconi's career he benefited from such "help." Now his secret is out, too.
Today it may be harder for public figures to have secret lives, but is the public becoming immune to shock and outrage?