Sarko hits Ben's Chili Bowl 

L'Americain! "It is my understanding he had a half-smoke," Obama said.

Bonjour from the White House, where tonight's big double date between the Obamas and the Sarkozys is a private affair with no photos and no coverage.

Unusual, but we get it -- the two presidents have never warmed up to each other. French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who had a solid (bromantic) relationship with former President Bush, has been particularly critical of President Obama on Iran and economic issues.

But hey -- whatevs! The big news is Sarko and his stunning wife Carla Bruni hit Ben's Chili Bowl today for lunchy. Zut alors!

From the NYT:

The Sarkozys, accompanied by Mr. Sarkozy’s two sons by a previous marriage, had — get this — two half smokes each.

What? You’re saying Carla Bruni ate two hot dogs for lunch?

“She finished her first one and ordered another one,” said an adamant Ms. Pollard.

And she ate the second one?

“They were both real hungry, I think.”

(not half) smokin'! (reuters photos)

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