I ran across this Wikipedia article and thought of our former Lord Captain Commander: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%89amon_de_Valera
The page is for an Irish politician by the name of Eamon de Valera. I have not read the article in its entirety, but apparently the man had a reputation for being a "stern, unbending, devious, and divisive" politician as well as an "austere, cold and even backward figure," which rings true of Valda as well. Or, at least to my ears it did.
Anywho, this is my first contribution to any wiki page, so I hope you like it.