"To me, [Hollande] has more of the head of a prime minister than of a president"

Former White House chief of staff and currrent Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel appeared underwhelmed by Francois Hollande, elected yesterday to lead France, according to a report in the left-wing French newspaper Liberation.

“To me, [Hollande] has more of the head of a prime minister than of a president,” Emanuel reportedly said at a reception at the residence of the French Ambassador in Washington. When French diplomats suggested that Hollande could grow into the job, Emanuel reportedly shot back with his “professional” opinion that he couldn’t imagine Hollande “grow[ing] in office.”

The report is one of a series of ripples of the election of Hollande, a little-known figure here who didn’t visit the U.S. during his campaign, over Sarkozy, known domestically as “Sarko the American.”