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Saturday, May 07, 2005

I Knew Her Name

Haven't you noticed how blogging is a bit like stamp collecting?

Due to your hobby, you get amazing pieces of information, about peoples, places, and things you normally might've died without knowing. Shame. When there is so much knowledge to be culled, just waiting for the right tongue to lick it.

One such moment was when President Bush visited Latvia on his whirlwind World War II stop around Europe this weekend. And who was there to greet him, actually going inside Air Force One to get him (maybe she thought he would get lost otherwise)?

Why President Vaira Vike-Freiberga, of course!

Those of you who remember my Heroine Chic 3-part series on female world leaders will surely remember Madame President in The Bad section.

Wait 'til you see my getup tomorrow, Mr. Bush

Granted the first outfit she wore was a safe black ensemble (maybe she didn't want to clash with Mrs. Bush's electric blue pantsuit), but the next day, she was up to her old tricks with a beige picnic tablecloth thingie, which totally did Estonian President Ruutu's head in.

Alright, alright I'll play nice.

One thing I can say about President Vike-Freiberga is that like President Adamkus of Lithuania, she spoke flawless English at the press conference. That way she got to enjoy the US President's fratboy antics better than most.

"Maybe 60 years is a lot for a 30 year-old girl like you [to a female Latvian reporter], but not to an old guy like President Adamkus here".



  • Having grown up in Germany, Morocco and Montréal (where she's been a psychology prof at McGill for three decades) she's fluent in English, French and German, besides her native Latvian.

    Which makes her choice of clothing even more inexplicable, of course.


    By Blogger divis, at Tue May 10, 09:00:00 am GMT-4  

  • Wait, she doesn't speak a word of Russian, Divis??

    Even having grown up in exile, I could still "hear" the Russian inflections in her English.

    And as for inexplicable clothing --listen, those words should never be uttered without "Nina Krushchev" being the next sound you hear.


    By Blogger vbspurs, at Thu May 12, 07:11:00 pm GMT-4  

  • Apparently not, I read she spoke German with Putin - a language they are both fluent in.


    By Blogger divis, at Tue May 17, 06:01:00 am GMT-4  

  • Not that I doubt that, Divis, but don't you think (since Latvia was at the forefront of the "bad feelings" demonstrations against the Russians during the US Presidential visit), that maybe she spoke German to him, as a form of protest? :)

    It's not inconceivable that since she was raised outside of the ex-Soviet Union, her parents probably didn't teach her or she never wanted to learn Russian, but my ear caught many Russian-accented inflections in her voice.




    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun May 22, 09:37:00 pm GMT-4  

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