- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 11, 2014

President Obama on Tuesday dodged a question about whether France has taken Britain’s place as America’s closest ally.

Speaking at a press conference alongside French President Francois Hollande, Mr. Obama likened the two European nations to his daughters, Sasha and Malia.

“I have two daughters. And they are both gorgeous and wonderful. I would never choose between them. And that’s how I feel about my outstanding European partners. All of them are wonderful in their own ways,” Mr. Obama said.

Mr. Hollande went a step further and said neither France nor the U.S. should care about being the other’s favorite ally.

“I have four children. That makes it even more difficult for me to make any choice at all,” Mr. Hollande said. “We’re not trying to be anyone’s favorite. There are historic links. We share common values, and I can see that our views converge on many issues. But it’s not about hierarchy.”

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