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Cake in the face for 'Baron Cut-and-Paste'

The Local · 3 Feb 2012, 12:12

Published: 03 Feb 2012 12:12 GMT+01:00

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Guttenberg – who was defence minister between October 2009 and last March when he resigned amidst a plagiarism scandal – was discussing internet issues with Stephan Urbach in a café in the Friedrichshain area of the capital, when he was attacked with the cake.

“We were sitting together when, at about 8.15 p.m. some people came in and shoved a cake into Mr. Guttenberg’s face,” Urbach said. “But Mr. Guttenberg took the incident in a very relaxed manner.”

A video posted on Youtube.com and embedded on a site calling itself “Hedonist International” shows Guttenberg looking surprised as the large cake is shoved in his face. But he appears to smile and laugh a bit afterwards and even licks some of the cream from his fingers.

A message posted on the website called the aristocratic Guttenberg “the lying baron” and chastised him for his new job as advisor to the European Commission on internet issues. It said the internet hacking collective Anonymous shared responsibility for the attack.

But on his Facebook site Guttenberg responded with good humour. “Hooray, a pie attack!” he wrote. “I thought I would starve in Friedrichshain.” He said he would have preferred a cheese cream cake to the Black Forest Gateau that was used in the attack.

Guttenberg was viewed as a rising star within the centre-right Christian Social Union until it was revealed last year that he had plagiarised large sections of his doctorate and he eventually resigned in disgrace. He became known as "Baron Cut-and-Paste" and "Googleberg" as people ridiculed his fall from grace.

He then moved to the United States where he worked for a think tank, but his move last December to the European Commission job has fuelled talk of a political come-back. But he recently told his Christian Social Union party he would not be prepared to stand as a candidate in the 2013 parliamentary election.

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15:07 February 3, 2012 by raandy
There is always a clown out there who wants to carry it to far.
15:16 February 3, 2012 by derExDeutsche
classy lefties. I recently learned where the word 'Fagot' came from. A 'fagot' is a bundle of sticks tied together, that could be piled up or thrown into fires where people were being burned at the stake. Seems some are missing the good ol' days.
15:32 February 3, 2012 by JDee
so either this was a spontaneous attack, but that seems very unlikely if it is being claimed by a group that just happened to be in the cafe and see Guttenberg, run down to Lidl to the frozen Gateau section, wait for it to defrost, grab a camera, come back.... Guttenberg isn't accusing the Pirate Party guy, so I guess he didn't set it up.. so who did then......ah! Very clever PR for a comeback strategy for a lying c**t
15:54 February 3, 2012 by hanskarl
Classless and stupid. Especially the last comment of the last comment.
15:55 February 3, 2012 by Jibzy
JDee. It was someone like you who thought, calling him a lying c**t isnt enough. I think he should get more so he did this.

This is ridiculous. I hope the offender gets caught and made an example before this kind of thing becomes common.
16:06 February 3, 2012 by freechoice
"Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? Mat 7:3
16:55 February 3, 2012 by JDee
Just answer the question, how did they know that Guttenberg was at the cafe? Were they informed by someone from the Pirate Party or were they informed by Guttenberg?

Did he not have any personal security ( plain clothes ) as would be expected for a recent defence minister? However you look at it, this is a gross breach of security and I find it unusual that a serious person would laugh it off, BUT it does make great PR for Guttenberg, that is may point. This story makes him look very good. Don't underestimate what you are dealing with sheeple. He is a liar and should not be in office.
17:01 February 3, 2012 by Englishted
If they do catch the person who did this,will they be given the chance to "donate" the same percentage of their wealth to charity as he did to get all charges dropped?
17:47 February 3, 2012 by hankeat
Then what president Christian Wulff deserves?
18:16 February 3, 2012 by J-Dub
The guy is a former POLITICIAN...a person who is employed on the sole basis of lies to the public to which they serve. So I really don't know what the deal is...he lied...so what?? All politicians do is LIE. I give you a good example: In 2007 a guy named Barack Obama said the the American public "Change is coming." Over 3 years later, there is no change in America. Politicians get paid to lie every single day. It is all a part of politics. The one thing I want to know is instead of giving him a cake in the face (LAME) why didn't this person get a nice doggy poop bag and stick that in his face if he wanted fame from this? If you are going to try and make an example out of someone, at least bring the right tools to do it.
18:54 February 3, 2012 by raandy
J-Dub hey my good man are you out on some sort of parole or halfway house program or something close to that.
19:34 February 3, 2012 by Landmine
kids kids kids, when are you going to grow up....
19:35 February 3, 2012 by Bigfoot76
Ich habe Nachtisch gern. mmm Lecker!
21:18 February 3, 2012 by HHayrider
I do have to wonder if it was a setup or not. It doesnt seem like he was hit too hard with the cake. If the man was attacked because he is truly despised, you would think the attack would have had a little more force behind it, including rubbing it in his hair, etc... Or maybe even multiple cakes from different directions.

Seems a little too non violent to be real.
12:46 February 4, 2012 by ECSNatale
No one, I repeat, no one.. has the right to attack another person whether with fists or cream frosting. I have been very critical of Mr Guttenburg's actions, but at some point, he should be forgiven and not harassed in such crude manners. He acted responsibly by stepping down and with his actions of late. He must be allowed to live his life and he wants to contribute to society. This cake affair is just absurd and makes his critics ridiculous.
19:48 February 4, 2012 by ChrisRea
Zu Guttenberg built his reputation not through results, but good PR (such as being polite and funny at TV shows). As now he is planning a return to German politics, a PR stunt like this cake means just fighting with the weapons that were effective for him.
16:33 February 6, 2012 by Landmine
ECSNatale has a very good point. This is really ridiculous, give the man so space and grow up....
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