Friday, June 05, 2009

New Ambassador to France?

The Obamas are in Paris, staying at the Ambassador's residence on rue du Faubourg St. Honoré. Although the hotel particulier is gracious and oh-so-spacious anyway, there's extra room there right now, since the recent nominee for U.S. Ambassador to France, Charles Rivkin, still must be confirmed by the Senate.

Mr. Rivkin's father was an Ambassador, so he has personal experience of expat life in the Foreign Service. And word has it that Mr. Rivkin does indeed speak French.

More interesting to generations of popular-culture aficionados is perhaps the fact that Mr. Rivkin was the CEO of The Jim Henson Company. Hmm. The Muppets Take Paris has a zingy ring to it, n'est-ce pas?

Maybe they just need to play this video at Mr. Rivkin's Senate confirmation hearing, and he'll be in like Flynn.


Chris said...

"Muppets Take Paris"...I love it. I'd go opening night to see that.

Parisbreakfasts said...

A wonderful nugget of info...
Who know?
The Obamas taste is unbeatable.

Polly-Vous Francais said...

I always thought Miss Piggy was a hoot, with her faux French; and in love with a frog! An ambassadrice in her own right. And Jean Pierre Rampal was an all-time favorite.
Who'd have thought the Muppet Man would go to Paris? Of course, this clip in all honesty preceded future Ambassador Rivkin's stint with Jim Henson.

Starman said...

Why would we send someone to France who cannot speak the language? Oh wait, I forgot....this is the US of A.

Evelyn said...

He gets my vote! anyone self-assured enough to perform with Miss Piggy can probably handle about anything.

Unknown said...

Just reading this after getting back from a trip. The current (former?) ambassador to France doesn't speak French much if at all.

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