Monday, October 10, 2005

Le Petit Ger

I am watching a mini-biography of former Prime Minister, Jean Chretien.

It offers something that I do not recall ever seeing previously. President Clinton, President Mitterand and Prime Minister Tony Blair all speak about him.

Peculiar.

Another peculiarity, he was the third Jean in his family. Not merely the third in a long line but rather, the third child born to his parents named Jean. As he put it, "I guess my mom wanted a son named Jean."

His toughness showed up early. When he was fifteen, he concocted a ruse to escape boarding school — he faked appendicitis. The doctors insisted on taking it out. He let them.

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