well, we only know when it was picked up by the media, not when it was handed out. Also I believe that at first news of the crash it wasn't clear who was involved and what happened. Also as a foreign head of state, he needs to allow all French officials to make their statements first. He is after all not a private person, so I guess there is a certain protocol in place for that sort of thing. I also believe that the statement was sincere and not just the usual. So I don't see any PR fail in the instance. As much as it is often flawed, I think this one they got right. rare as it is.