I had a colleague last year who was a wonderful guy, but politically, you could tell that he had spent too much time hanging around the hallowed halls of the EU's eurocratic elite. I remember when he jumped for joy at the announcement that Europe would have yet another President, a Belgian by the name of Herman van Rompoy. HVR is not the kind of person to get excited about; in fact, I'm pretty sure Herman van Rompoy is not very excited about being Herman van Rompoy. This may seem like a below the belt ad hominem attack, but I do have quantifiable proof.
1. He was the 49th Prime Minister of Belgium and was in office just short of one year.
2. He published a book of Haiku.
These two bits of information that are no doubt featured prominently in his CV point to a decidedly unsexy man who has all the appeal of a 3 hour long documentary on dust mites in Esperanto.
Funnily enough, if you type Herman van Rompoy into google, you get quite a few suggestions such as "666", "antichrist", and "New World Order." Wow. I had no idea that Haiku was so unpopular. Maybe this is just hate from diehard limerick aficionados. On that note, in an attempt to reach Brussels in a language they truly understand, here is a little Haiku on current events...
"Birthplace of the vote,
Ouzo, toga, huge bailout