One high-powered man who’s made a career of climbing over rivals to the most powerful position in his country expresses frustration and distaste for another man who’s done the same in his country and is in the middle of an interminable, frustrating international dispute. A third man, with a similar background to the first two, also hints at a testy relationship with man No. 2.

Stop the presses!

Ok. Sarcasm may be the lowest form of wit, but it feels like the appropriate tone for addressing the “hot mic” moment in Paris the other day, when French President Nicolas Sarkozy told President Obama that he “can’t stand” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and that “he’s a liar.”

The two men thought they were having a private chat ahead of a public conference, unaware that the microphones in front of them were already on. Mr. Obama appeared to share some of Mr. Sarkozy’s frustration with the Israeli leader, reportedly saying “you’re fed up with him, but I have to work with him every day.”