April 25th, 2012
06:00 AM ET

Zakaria: Watch your watches

By Fareed Zakaria, CNN

A new danger for politicians, not only do they have to be careful of whom they consort with, what they say, and the promises they don't keep, they now need to look out for what they wear on their wrists.

Take a look at Nicolas Sarkozy at what should have been a standard political event shaking hands at a rope line. But it turned into a scandal thanks to this little move. You see, he has a watch in this photo, and in this one taken just after he has no watch. What happened? He took off his watch and he put it in his pocket. The French press speculated whether he was worried about somebody stealing it or whether he was worried that he would get flack for its reported $75,000 price tag. Well, he got flack all right.

Then there's this one from Russia with bad luck. Seems the Russian Orthodox Church Photoshopped a $30,000 watch off the wrist of its patriarch. But they forgot to Photoshop off the reflection of the watch. Oops.

And you have to be especially careful if you are in China. There's a blogger there who is set to scour the internet for images of politicians and oddly enough, monks as well, to determine what kind of watches they wear and how much more than their annual salary those watches cost.

His site is, of course, frequently taken down by the Chinese government censors.

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  1. NYbywayofTexas

    Who said he bought it? It could have been a gift. Perhaps, his wife bought it for him? I understand about being fiscally responsible and being considerate of the constiuency you serve, but there are more important things to consider. Challenge him on the political issues. We have become so focused on the wrong things. We major in the minors and minor in the majors. How do you know itwas not a present?

    April 27, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Reply
  2. humtake

    Or, why doesn't everyone watch their own watches and realize it's time to start worrying about your own lives and not the lives of others.

    April 27, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Reply
  3. deniz boro

    Hey does anyone know about intermet crush down generally in Turkey. We have been blocked out for almost an hour. Even the server call center was crushed. There had been some dry lightning in the air in Istanbul but the problem seems more general in Turkey.

    April 27, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Reply
    • deniz boro

      I am even more concerned since the Turkish News channels do not provide any info but keeps on airing minor murder cases.

      April 27, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Reply
  4. deniz boro

    Finally get through to the internet server. They inform that it was a server failure in the European part of Istanbul ( a city of 10 million at least) due to some yet unidentified cause. 🙂 You know I will trust in postal service from now on.

    April 27, 2012 at 7:47 pm | Reply
  5. deniz boro

    No worry, it was just a weather baloon. It may as well be UFO.

    July 29, 2012 at 8:46 pm | Reply
  6. deniz boro

    Ancient Syrian watches for free

    October 19, 2012 at 11:33 pm | Reply
  7. deniz boro

    Say any market for rural watches? It has not been functioning for past 6 weeks. Although it was guaranteed to work anywhere in the country. Rather hard to keep the time without smoothly vibrating circles.

    March 16, 2013 at 8:30 pm | Reply
  8. deniz boro

    Just fine tuning. Hate to miss the seconds.

    April 25, 2013 at 7:49 pm | Reply
  9. deniz boro

    Sari" i have been out of time I was trying to be ORIENTed.

    April 30, 2013 at 9:57 pm | Reply
  10. deniz boro

    Done I suppose. That crosses out 2 tragets as "semi-done" Or done accordingly. Accordingly does not register in my dayly plnas.However I have given it all up to the higher autorities long time ago. Waiting, waiting somewht more and CURSING.

    May 13, 2013 at 11:43 am | Reply
  11. Stephen

    Who wears watches anymore...they should move with the times and leave the 20th century watch wearing era at home

    May 21, 2013 at 3:13 pm | Reply
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