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White House parking mix up leaves Rösler on foot

The Local · 19 Jun 2012, 15:35

Published: 19 Jun 2012 15:35 GMT+02:00

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Rösler – also Germany’s economy minister - was in a meeting with Gene Sperling, President Barack Obama’s assistant on economic policy, leaving the drivers of his and the German ambassador’s car to find somewhere to park.

Perhaps overwhelmed by the importance of their mission, the drivers nonchalantly parked up in front of the White House – and were promptly approached by traffic police, who took their driving licenses away.

When Rösler and Ambassador Peter Ammon left the meeting with Sperling the cars and their drivers were nowhere to be seen, leaving them and their assistants to walk to their next meeting.

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16:38 June 19, 2012 by heathen
rules are the rules
17:51 June 19, 2012 by marimay
get a cab?
18:12 June 19, 2012 by lucksi
To get your drivers license taken away for false parking....wow.

Guess I should not complain about te €5 fine I got for parking 5 minutes over the time limit eh?
18:49 June 19, 2012 by Englishted
Next time use a tank ,OH can't sold them to the Arabs .
22:07 June 19, 2012 by Landmine
Every knucklehead in DC knows you don't park in front of the White House....
22:38 June 19, 2012 by Tonapah
...but, if you're an illegal, you don't need a driver's license...it's all milk and cookies, free education, and immunity from all crimes...
01:09 June 20, 2012 by oyram
dont they hav delegate's privilages - like a designated car, parking etc.. they are not consultants going for business meetings!! or was this meeting unofficial!
08:45 June 20, 2012 by delvek
I guess he thought the White House was the new International House of Pancakes. Pretty funny story but pretty much common sense that anyone from Joe Biden down should not park in front of the White House, lol.
11:49 June 20, 2012 by Floriansamsel
Well, that's the way those very important people behave in Berlin. The rules are for common citizens only...

After all, a bit of walking can't do any harm.
12:42 June 20, 2012 by Legal E
If the license was German, then I do not believe they have the legal right to confiscate them.. if they are US, then that is another story.
19:49 June 20, 2012 by Englishted
What happened to diplomatic immunity ?,the ones in most countries don't even pay parking tickets .

In the U.S.A. case they still will not pay congestion fees to London.
23:38 June 20, 2012 by onesweetamerican
That is just too funny!!! (a little embarrassing, too). I wonder what the White House keystone cops did with the drivers?
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