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Posted at 04:11 PM ET, 03/14/2012

Barbara Boxer welcomes French official

Sen. Barbara Boxer welcomed a French counterpart with a bon mot. (Brendan Hoffman - Getty Images)
Mon dieu, Sen. Barbara Boxer had a bon mot on the Senate floor yesterday.

The California Democrat, who was point person for the Democrats as they maneuvered the massive transportation bill to votes, was wrapping up that business when a colleague asked to introduce a visitor to the Capitol.

Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) asked permission to allow Jean-Pierre Bel, the president of the French Senate, to be present in the chamber — a privilege usually only accorded to senators and their designated staffers.

After senators decided that would be just fine, Boxer decided to take her leave — and dropped a little francaise to make her foreign counterpart feel a little more at home.

“With that, I would say au revoir, and I will see everybody in the morning,” Boxer concluded.

At least no one asked for the “ouis and nons.”

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