You Were There…

News item:

(Reuters) – President Barack Obama invited German Chancellor Angela Merkel to visit Washington this year, the White House said on Wednesday in a brief statement about a phone conversation between the two leaders.

The visit would give Obama a chance to make amends after revelations that the U.S. National Security Agency had been monitoring Merkel’s cellphone.

Here’s how it went down:



Angela Merkel phone






Well, maybe that’s how it went. The end.

41 replies
  1. 1
    Elizabelle says:

    That’s hilarious.

  2. 2
    Redshirt says:

    Time for some apology back rubs!

  3. 3
    Jebediah, RBG says:

    One of the many reasons I am glad to have Pres. Obama instead of W – far less chance of horrible, cringe-inducing embarassment.

  4. 4
    Violet says:

    Ha ha! Funny. Angela Merkel fractured her pelvis skiing over the Christmas/New Year holiday. Wonder how soon she can travel.

  5. 5
    PurpleGirl says:

    LOL. Hilarious.

  6. 6
    BGinCHI says:

    How do you say “uppity” in German?

  7. 7
    KG says:

    I don’t care if that’s not how it went, that is how I am going to believe it happened and nothing you could say will change my mind, even if you gave me the official transcript.

  8. 8
    KG says:

    @BGinCHI: I’m guessing what ever the German word is for either Polish or French?

  9. 9
    pat says:


  10. 10
    ruemara says:

    No wonder the blog is littered with these Rand Paul ads.

  11. 11
    Citizen_X says:

    @BGinCHI: Untermenschen.


  12. 12
    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @BGinCHI: Hochnäsig.

  13. 13
    Amir Khalid says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:
    Oder, dreist.

  14. 14
    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Amir Khalid: Schnippisch?

    ETA: And pretty much exhausts my stock. My German was never that good, and it’s been years since I used it.

  15. 15
    srv says:

    Since Americans are incapable of making good dramas (Vince Gilligan and David Simon notwithstanding) and just remake foreign films, why doesn’t Speilberg remake the The Lives Of Others with a domestic twist?

    Then we can all heart for the Cointelpro folks.

  16. 16
    Redshirt says:

    Will Merkel still be in power in 2017? I’m looking forward to a “Brightly Colored Pant Suits” arms race between her and Hillary.

  17. 17
    srv says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: Schticken up esel

  18. 18
    Betty Cracker says:

    @srv: I’ve always meant to see that and somehow never have.

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  20. 20
    JPL says:

    @srv: That was such a good movie and I’d wouldn’t mind a remake. Before the Christie kerfuffle, my son and I had an interesting discussion about the late sixties and seventies.

  21. 21
    Jay C says:

    Thanks Betty: this was a genuine LOL moment….

  22. 22
    BGinCHI says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: It has to have at least 29 letters of unconvincing. Just look at the word for “fire truck.”

  23. 23
    BGinCHI says:

    @Betty Cracker: It’s damn good.

  24. 24
    maya says:


  25. 25
    Amir Khalid says:

    Feuerwehrfahrzeug isn’t even all that long as German compound nouns go. How about Rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz?

  26. 26

    @Redshirt: How have you been? Have missed you around these parts.

  27. 27
    kindness says:

    Still better than dubya. He’d a had the NSA go over and give Angie a good molesting.

  28. 28
    Redshirt says:

    @schrodinger’s cat: I’ve been missed? *blushes*

    I’m good. Hope you are too.

    I’m sick of politics.

  29. 29
    chopper says:



  30. 30
    debbie says:


    This is why I loved German movies. You could leisurely read the subtitle each before the next one appeared.

  31. 31
    Baud says:

    Very funny, BC.

  32. 32
    Roger Moore says:


    I don’t care if that’s not how it went, that is how I am going to believe it happened and nothing you could say will change my mind, even if you the NSA gave me the official transcript intercept.


  33. 33
    Gene108 says:

    The Christie Bridgehhazi scandal gives me hope that the crooks in today’s GOP are far more bush league than the professional criminals in the previous administration.

    They learned from their predecessors mistakes in Watergate and Iran-Contra and avoided leaving behind any kind of paper trail and ever testifying under oath about anything.

    I believe Bush, Jr and Cheney never sent an official e-mail from their government ID’s in 8 years.

  34. 34
    Roger Moore says:


    How do you say “uppity” in German?

    Google offers “hochnäsig”, “hochmütig”, and “schnippisch” as possible translations.

  35. 35
    Eric U. says:

    @Gene108: I had a friend that told me everyone he knew in Texas voted for the most obviously corrupt person. Because corruption was granted, but the obviously corrupt people were more likely to get caught

  36. 36
    TaMara (BHF) says:

    Win! Made me smile.

  37. 37
    catclub says:

    @Gene108: Didn’t Bush also change the rules on presidential Libraries to increase the secrecy factor?

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    SRW1 says:



  39. 39
    Mnemosyne says:


    Is schwartzer only Yiddish, or also German? It’s hard to tell since Yiddish is such a polyglot language.

  40. 40
    Cain says:

    @Violet: I hope the NSA helped, and called emergency services for her!

  41. 41
    bewleys says:

    You people need help……where do you go from “apologists”? “Dream Weaver”….
    “I’ve just closed my eyes again…Climbed aboard the Dream Weaver train…Driver take away my worries of today….And leave tomorrow behind…”

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