Un jour, peut-être, je comprendrai. Ou bien je finirai aussi con qu'un Walt Kowalski ... Ou pas.

Su Qingcai, a tea farmer from the mountainous coast of Fujian Province, explained why he spent $3,500 last year on a 5-year-old boy. “A girl is just not as good as a son,” said Mr. Su, 38, who has a 14-year-old daughter but whose biological son died at 3 months. “It doesn’t matter how much money you have. If you don’t have a son, you are not as good as other people who have one.”

(New York Times, 05/04/2009)

Je n'ai jamais rien lu de Nothomb. Jusqu'à tomber sur cet édito, toujours dans le NYT, où lui prend l'envie de se faire le porte-parole des européens. Mais elle vise assez juste :

"Our presidents and leaders (...) all seem to be wondering why they are not loved as well as Barack Obama is loved. Some of them are trying to play up their resemblance to Mr. Obama; others are suggesting that he is overrated.
Mr. Obama’s anger is portrayed here as something holy. And when he laughs, we laugh. When our president, Nicolas Sarkozy, gets angry, on the other hand, we laugh. When he laughs, we wonder why."