Thursday, April 03, 2008

Jaroslaw Kaczynski...


...Cookie Monster?

He’s been likened to a potato before, and much worse, besides. Now, former PM Jaroslaw Kaczynski will forever be known as the muppet of Polish politics.

Apparently, last Sunday, PM Donald Tusk and President Lech Kaczynski were locked in 5 hours of difficult negotiations over the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty. Unlike his bulldog brother, Lech gets on a little with Tusk. Lech is generally seen as not the brighter of the two twins, but the more humane...or do I mean human?

Just then the phone rang for Lech, who went to take the call from his brother, Jaroslaw.

Tusk was heard to say to one of his aids: “It’s the monster on the phone.”

When asked today about this remark, the Prime Minister said:” Well, if he is a monster, then he’s the Cookie Monster!”

Polish politicians have always resembled muppets to me. But I wonder if you can guess which Polish politician is which muppet. I’ll give you a start. Donald Tusk and....

Gonzo!

11 comments:

METKA BY TRACZKA said...

I think Jaroslaw Kaczynski is Miss Piggy. And Lepper is Animal. It's obvious :-)

geez said...

Maybe some of "the political class" in Poland are watching Stephen Colbert.

He asked the woman Obama spokesperson who referred to Hillary as a "monster" (she subsequently apologized and resigned) if she was willing to specify the monster as the cookie monster, thus eliminating the venomousness of the comment. Colbert's bit got a lot of play in the American news media.

Kinda amazing how Colbert impacts on Polish politrix, unless the same thought simultaneously emerged in different contexts on different sides of the Atlantic.

Jacek Wesołowski said...

Yes, probably someone just watched Colbert and thought it was a fitting gag. However, the Muppet association has been established for at least a year and half, thanks to "Muppet Sejm" by macdac.blox.pl. Each part of the series is a few minutes long and features Muppet Show videos with voiceovers replaced by clips from press conferences, speeches, news pieces and so on.

According to "Muppet Sejm", Kaczynskis are Statler and Waldorf, Gonzo is Gosiewski, and Tusk is Scooter. Giertych is, of course, Sam the Eagle, and Lepper is Link Hogthrob. Miss Piggy is Renata Beger.

beatroot said...

I just liked the two photos of Gonzo and Tusk.

Jacek Wesołowski said...

Yes, one has to wonder which is a muppet, and which is a politician.

Anonymous said...

OK - I give in;-)

Give us a clue?

Is x

Renegade Eye said...

The Muppets know what it's like to be Green.

METKA BY TRACZKA said...

Dear Jacek,

these names you mentioned were from last government. Things change. Who on earth will remember Renata Beger in few months time, unless she launches some other activity that running a culinary-political programme on local (very local) tv channel.
I just had an idea for Renata. maybe she should become Polish Martha Stewart? :-)

METKA BY TRACZKA said...

Dear Jacek,

these names you mentioned were from last government. Things change. Who on earth will remember Renata Beger in few months time, unless she launches some other activity that running a culinary-political programme on local (very local) tv channel.
I just had an idea for Renata. maybe she should become Polish Martha Stewart? :-)

METKA BY TRACZKA said...

Dear Jacek,

these names you mentioned were from last government. Things change. Who on earth will remember Renata Beger in few months time, unless she launches some other activity that running a culinary-political programme on local (very local) tv channel.
I just had an idea for Renata. maybe she should become Polish Martha Stewart? :-)

monster paperbag said...

indeed, the resemblance is frightening..