Germans Outraged at Glamorous Baroness

German opposition politicians everywhere are seething at what they see as the latest successful Selbstinszenierung (self-staging) by Germany’s popular blue-blooded defense minister, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg and his way too good-looking, photogenic and charasmatic well-born wife Stephanie during a visit to German troops in Afghanistan the other day, which, come to think of it, it was.

“Afghanistan is the last country on earth that lends itself to show business and entertainment,” one fuming politician said. “Our troops there have proven that long ago.”

“A shameless act of self-promotion,” another opposing opposition politician said, asking to remain anonymous. “Damn I wish I could pull that off that well too.”

“Some people might find the visit by the baroness, a von Bismarck by birth, to the military camp in her trendy boots and anorak a tad extroverted. But the sympathies conveyed by the minister’s wife, on behalf of millions of German citizens, has a value that transcends any criticism of the show business element of this coup.”

3 responses

  1. I’m sure he did, Joe, but I feel for the guy. How would you like to be in charge of an alibi army (as far as I can tell it’s only there for the booming German weapons export industry–but don’t mention that, that’s taboo) and yet be forced at the same time to insure that it never do anything even remotely military in nature (by accident, I presume)? At least he’s finally getting rid of the draft here so, I dunno, so what? What does that mean, anyway? Get used to him, though. He and his wife are already being spun as some kind of possible German JFK and Jackie kind of thang. You know, aristocracy and all that…

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