Austrian Foreign Minister Ursula Plassnik (R) welcomes Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmed al-Khalifa in Vienna September 19, 2007. REUTERS/Hopi-Media/Handout (AUSTRIA)
I talk about (and think about) Condi so much, sometimes it's easy to forget that elsewhere in the world there are effective diplomats who have constructive meetings and accomplish goals together. I know, OMG, weird, huh? But anyway, that's why I'm glad to have a glittering star like Ursula in my stable of favorites, because she can show us glimpses of this strange, magical world we don't live in.
There's so much to love about the photo above from yesterday's nuclear disarmament thingy. Look at how much that guy likes Ursula! I'll tell you why: that guy NEVER feels small, OK? And now he has this towering goddess looming benevolently over him -- literally flexing her bicep!! -- and he's giddy! He'll do whatever she wants him to do, and he'll enjoy it and then everybody gets a party, yay!
But this thing was all week, so I'm sure there were a bunch of boring parts. But lots of Ursula! And in a superfun twist, the friendly Teutonic giantess got the tables turned on her when an even taller diplomat was brought forward for her approval:
Tibor Toth, Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization, Bruno Stagno Ugarte, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Costa Rica and Sergio Duarte, the UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, listen to Austrian Foreign Minister Ursula Plassnik (L-R) after a news conference during the Conference on Facilitating the Entry into Force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) in Vienna September 18, 2007. REUTERS/Herwig Prammer (AUSTRIA)
As you can see, Ursula's absolutely mesmerized by this unexpected peer. She's not even paying attention to the guy whose hand she is shaking! And could he have a more thrillingly masculine name? Tibor Toth! I think this is it, folks: the Ursula romance we didn't even know we were awaiting! Isn't it exciting?
But then again, absolutely everybody loves Ursula. Those who are lucky enough are allowed to kiss the Ursula, while the rest of us, like the spectator below, merely look on in awe:
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Mohamed ElBaradei (L) kisses Austrian Foreign Minister Ursula Plassnik after a news conference during the 51st General Conference of the IAEA in Vienna September 17, 2007. REUTERS/Herwig Prammer (AUSTRIA)
And that's three days in Ursulaland! What I wouldn't give for just one!