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Merkel shows deadpan comic genius

The Local · 10 Aug 2012, 16:30

Published: 10 Aug 2012 16:30 GMT+02:00

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The Süddeutsche Zeitung enlisted a range of German celebrities to ask Merkel questions and published the results on Friday.

When asked by tennis professional Andrea Petkovic whether she always had a joke at the ready, Merkel replied simply, “Yes, always.”

Actor Olli Dietrich asked her what she had thought when George W. Bush gave her an impromptu shoulder massage during the G8 summit in 2006. “That George Bush wanted to make a joke,” she replied, despite the video widely circulated at the time of her startled reaction.

And when she was asked by Green politician Claudia Roth whether she also found it irritating that women politicians were put under more scrutiny than men when it came to their appearance, Merkel simply said, “It has become part of my life.”

When asked by national footballer Philipp Lahm what she has had to sacrifice for the nation Merkel remained with her feet on the ground. “I have to do without being able to go shopping unrecognised,” she replied.

Even the whimsical questions were calmly batted away. Author Roger Willemsen asked her what her second identity would be if she could lead a double life. “I have neither the time nor interest in this idea,” she said.

A chink opened when former cycling hero Jan Ullrich asked what she had learned from childhood sports. “I was obviously so untalented that I was not considered suited to any kind of sport,” she said.

Yet she chose a sportsman as her dream dinner date. When Boris Becker asked who she would invite to a dinner party and why, she chose the Spanish national football team coach. “I do not hold dinner parties. But I would like to invite Vicente del Bosque to dinner one time,” she said.

The Spaniard honoured his reputation as a gentlemen - when asked about her comment at a press conference on Friday, he said he would be, “delighted to invite her or for her to invite me.”

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“If I had to invited her to dinner I would do so. And I would pay,” he added.

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Your comments about this article

17:45 August 10, 2012 by realist1961
I much prefer her answers than those of politicians trying to suck up to the public. I'd trade Obama for Merkel and a couple of those footballers who won't sing the National Anthem.
23:28 August 10, 2012 by OkieinBerlin
hmmm, realist1961, yet another of the Obama-obsessed...
02:28 August 11, 2012 by Ozichick
Would the German people consider swapping your highly adept Angela Merkel for our megalomaniac, red-cook julia gillard? Pretty please???
04:37 August 11, 2012 by Eric1
If only we had Angela Merkel in the USA. Obama is distroying America as fast as he can.
07:14 August 11, 2012 by realist1961
My only obsession is to see Obama run out of town. I'm with Eric1, if only we had Merkel in the U.S.
08:24 August 11, 2012 by insight101
of course as a true german lady, she will not alllow the man to pay for dinner...hahaha
13:06 August 11, 2012 by iseedaftpeople
Mrs. Merkel is a joke alright...
16:35 August 13, 2012 by Berzerker
@Eric1, Get a clue. It's the neo-conservative ultra right wing that is destroying America. You should also learn how to spell.
08:09 August 17, 2012 by sberlusconi77
it was NOT bush who gave her a shoulder massage

it was ME !! SILVIO !!
18:27 August 22, 2012 by derb76
Americans please stop hoping to me more like Germany or wanting Merkel as our president...it is insulting. I live here in Germany and if you fear Socialism or the so-called Obama-Communist mentality then don't wish to be more like Germany or want Merkel as your President...German is the most brutal Socialist in Europe, just support your President and vote Romney in November, but don't wish to be more like Germany
07:09 August 24, 2012 by sally#
Chancellor Angela Merkel's answers to the media are wise and frank,with a kind of dry humor. Though men and women are equal as said , a female politician is definitely much more difficult than a male one.
03:48 August 26, 2012 by dball

You are an idiot.

Taking care of each other is something to frown upon?

We are not like you nasty, selfish Americans.

Our education system, unlike in America, teaches us proper grammar.

Your stupidity is insulting.
19:54 August 29, 2012 by neunElf

Your education system apparently didn't teach you good manners...

I think if you would take advantage of your vaunted education, you will find that the "selfish Americans", give much more than you caring Germans in charity and are extremely generous toward their fellow man.

You however seem to support a system of forced government confiscation and disbursement.
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