I got up at 3 CDT to watch and record the Pope's funeral. We were watching it just now and my wife and children were wondering about the protocol for seating the heads of state seeing that President Bush was seated next to President Jacques Chirac of France. I explained to them that they were seated in alphabetical order by the names of their respective countries in French.
"Why French?" I was asked.
"Because French is the language of diplomacy," I explained.
"Diplomacy?" asked my son Peter. "Who's he?"