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Politician's 'sandwich dash' sparks online jokes

The Local · 20 Mar 2012, 14:35

Published: 20 Mar 2012 14:35 GMT+01:00

Parliamentary Speaker Norbert Lammert told the politicians and public figures in the Bundestag that the election of Joachim Gauck had been completed in just one voting round.

A soon as Lammert made a jokey invitation to the buffet, Hannelore Kraft, state premier of North Rhine-Westphalia, made a dash for the door.

“The buffet is not necessarily better, but certainly fresher than as it would be after three votes, therefore we can meet upstairs in a particularly good mood,” said Lammert, closing the formal proceedings.

While people were still clapping at the idea of lunch, Kraft weaved her way through the delegates, handbag firmly gripped, and ran for the exit.

More than 20,000 people had watched the clip as of Tuesday lunchtime, with many viewers making suggestions about what had prompted her dash.

Speculation that she was really hungry and wanted to get to the buffet first, or that she was in desperate need of the toilet was sadly dismissed on Tuesday by her spokesman.

“It was not hunger; it was her plane,” Thomas Breustedt told Der Spiegel. He said she had to rush to get to the airport in order to catch her flight back to Düsseldorf.

Breustedt also offered reassurance to those concerned she may have been flying on an empty stomach as she had to skip the buffet. “That was no problem. Ms Kraft had eaten something while the votes were being counted,” he said.

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Your comments about this article

15:51 March 20, 2012 by Kennneth Ingle
Frau Kraft always likes to be first. Whether as the leader of the SPD party and government in NRW, or as the top debt making poltician in Germany, she pushes her way through until she is at the front. Perhaps though it was not the sandwiches she needed, but just the toilet, they are always overfilled at public events in this country.
18:27 March 20, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
Drank too much tea for breakfast and needed to spend a penny fast.
11:49 March 21, 2012 by wood artist
The interesting question is what she was going to do if it took more than one vote. Catch the next plane or...?

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14:38 March 21, 2012 by lordkorner
Have to say that I'm not German and yet I was highly entertained by this clip,the big question is whether she will run as well in the coming election?
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