Appearing on the CBS news show "60 Minutes," Nicolas Sarkozy, the president of France, spoke of his
admiration of America.
Sarkozy said he admired Americans’ work ethic and the opportunities for
advancement in the country, irrespective of class or background.
He said while his Hungarian father had worried that his surname would be an
obstacle in France, "he was proven wrong."
"That’s what he thought. That a name like Sarkozy was a handicap," the
president said. "That’s the reason why I like the United States. You can have a
name like Schwarzenegger and be governor of California. You can be called Madeleine
Albright and be secretary of state. You can be called Colin Powell or
Condi Rice, and
I think he’s overstating it. Schwarzenegger was a movie star and household name. Albright, Powell and Rice were appointed. Sure, Louisiana just elected Bobby Jindal as its governor, but his first name is as American as liposuction and his last name is pretty short and non-threatening. I hope I’m wrong, but I don’t think America is ready for President Lakshmanathan Balasubramaniam. Or President Lupando Kwamanakweenda. Or President Ibrahim bin Abdullah Al Sadr.
But first, we’ll have to see if America is ready for First Lady Bill Clinton. I mean, First Gent Bill Clinton.