"YOUR passion and love for our country and language has been an inspiration for other young people..."
Those are the words of our nation's political leader - but to which Welsh-speaking icon can Rhodri be referring?
Couched in the kind of eulogistic language normally reserved for Nobel Prize winners or world-beating sports teams, could they be aimed at one of our top-notch musical artistic talents - maybe opera star Bryn Terfel, actor Ioan Gruffudd or Gruff Rhys from the Super Furry Animals, all of whom have been proud cultural and linguistic ambassadors in their respective fields?
Or how about one of our many Welsh-speaking sporting talents, maybe Shane Williams or Stephen Jones?
The simple answer is none of the above. Rather, those words of high praise were reserved for a skinny sixth-former who's just taken part in Big Brother.
On Friday, 18-year- old Glyn Wise, from Blaenau Ffestiniog, was voted runner- up in this year's incarnation of the reality TV show. And, if some of the hype is to be believed, you'd think we'd just witnessed the creation of a new national saviour in the mould of Owain Glyndr or St David.
In fairness to Glyn, he used his platform in the BB house to raise awareness of Wales at every available opportunity, either by speaking Welsh, wearing Welsh rugby tops or even by declaring that his favourite dish was Welsh lamb (what else?). And there's no denying that he was more recognisably "Welsh" than the show's previous "Welsh" contingent, dippy characters who might as well have come from Milton Keynes or Midlothian, were it not for their accents (just how Welsh is "I like blinking?")
But it probably says more about Rhodri than Glyn that he has been lauded in such a way by the First Minister.
It's difficult to imagine Tony Blair making a comparative official statement praising a Big Brother contestant every bit as British as Glyn was Welsh.
In fact, there'd be something irredeemably naff about a teenager waving a Union flag at every opportunity and telling you about how much he loved Britain and how roast beef was his favourite dinner.
Far from being an extraordinary character, Glyn was simply a normal teenager - just one who happened to be a proud Welshman.
He couldn't boil an egg.
He flirted, got drunk and vomited on camera.
And despite being named the "most intelligent" housemate (an accolade which must rank alongside being called "the freshest- faced Rolling Stone" as underwhelming boasts go) he claimed he wanted to become the "first ever Welsh Prime Minister". Conveniently forgetting that fellow North Walian David Lloyd George had ever held the position.
Likeable as he may have been, Glyn was neither extraordinary nor did his appearance on the show tap into a cultural zeitgeist.
Let us not forget that it has taken us seven series to reach a point where we've had a Welsh-speaking contestant on the show.
No. All the political back-slapping and the smiles among the nation's chattering classes expose is the invisibility of Welsh-language culture in a broader UK context.
How many years has it taken us to hear Welsh spoken on a mass-audience TV show?
How long have we had to wait to have the language that marks our difference to the rest of the UK printed on the front page of The Sun?
Cynics would suggest that this denigration of nationhood to mere novelty value is less a reason for a swell of pride than an opportunity to lament the language's increasing marginalisation in the information age.
"Your conversations in the house with Imogen have certainly raised the profile of the Welsh language to a new audience all over the world," Rhodri continued, surely over-egging the pudding by claiming this as news of global importance when many reading this in Wales will be scratching their heads at the name "Imogen" (Glyn's fellow Welsh-speaking housemate, in case you're wondering).
Nice? Possibly. Inspirational? Come off it.
As contestants on a previous series were fond of pointing out, "It's only a game show."
What do you think? Is Glyn Wise really an inspiration to Wales? Email Tryst.Williams@wme.co.uk with your views