May 08, 2009
Not in America
Through my haze of sleep this morning, I heard an NPR report on this story--the quandary facing the new South African president, Jacob Zuma. This woke me up, although I thought perhaps it was a dream. See, Zuma is a polygamist, which is apparently cool in South Africa, but for official purposes, he needs to decide which of his wives should be the first lady. The wife with seniority, or the popular young wife? It's a tough choice. This is one of those rare stories that I just can't quite imagine happening in the United States. If I did try to imagine it though, I don't know quite what Americans would favor, which wife they would back.