Regarding Charles Krauthammer’s Oct. 26 column “He stoops, doesn’t conquer”:

Mr. Krauthammer conflates King Louis XIV’s “L’etat, c’est moi,” with President Obama’s “This nation. Me.” The fact is they are vastly different, even opposites. “L’etat” means the state or government, i.e, “I rule the nation.” “The nation” is the people. Mr. Obama is saying “I am the people,” or “I represent all the American people.” Get the difference?

Leon Schwartz, Silver Spring