Tripoli, Libya — Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, now serving his final term in the United States Senate, has accepted an offer to serve as the new leader of Libya, the North African oil rich nation. The surprise announcement ended months of curious speculation about his career plans after announcing last year that he would not seek re-election.
“I am delighted,” said Lieberman. “It has everything I am looking for in a new career – the opportunity to lead a governmental body that is less dysfunctional than the United States, with much better salary and benefits. And at least I’ll be more popular than the last guy,” he said, referring to the late strongman Muammar Khaddafi.
Both Democrats and Republicans said they thought it wise for Lieberman, an Independent, to relocate far from home.
Lieberman said he is certain to win support for his planned first move in office: repealing Libyan Army policy known as “Don’t ask, don’t tell me not to cut your head off.”
He also said he would “preach the wonders of Shabbat to a whole new audience, and encourage them to buy my book on becoming an observant Jew.”
He added that Libyans will love his recipe for Khaddafi Kugel, chopping up ingredients into small pieces and cooking them overnight.