In this picture made available by the foreign ministry United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, left, his wife Yoo Soon-tak, right, Austrian Foreign Minister Ursula Plassnik, center, and Secretary General of the foreign ministry Johannes Kyrle, partly hidden, pose for a photograph at Vienna's Schwechat airport, on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2007. Ban Ki-moon arrived in Austria for a three-day visit. (AP Photo/Bernhard J. Holzner, handout)
Everybody loves Ursula, let's face it. This is one of the few areas where the Pink Pony is solidly in the global-political mainstream. I mean, do you think the new head of the UN would bring his wife to meet Condi with a sumptuous offering of gorgeous tulips 'n' daffodils? Well, probably, actually, but you know what I mean!! I wish we had an affable giantess like La Plassnik for secretary of state, one who would actually negotiate with difficult people rather than just glumly offering photo-ops and pre-recorded Bushisms. Dang.
I mean... yeah, people love Condi, but more in a "OMG, I've just got to write a profile about you for a glossy magazine" way, not in a "OMG, I want to bake you cookies right after I stop enriching uranium" way.