I´m sure most of you must have somehow heard about the story of the recent German “Bundespräsident” Mr. Wulff, (the president who is sort of in the position, where the Queen is in England, not really in charge of things but important for representation and also of some real power when it comes to the passing of laws, which must be to the consent of them) and all the affairs about him, that ultimately led to his demission, only days ago.
Anyway, there is a new one now, Mr. Gauck, (some high hopes around him) and there is a little story about the way that he, who was not really expecting to be chosen, came to know that he actually was and that it also made one lucky night for a Berlin cabby and it is quite a funny little story, too!
Mr. Gauck boarded a taxi at Berlin airport Tegel and his cabby, a Mr. Vadim Belon, was prepared for an unspectacular and rather short ride, when suddenly the mobile of his passenger rang.
Being a polite cabby he turned down the music and he could hear, so he later told the media, his passenger say “okay, I´m in, I´m doing it”, this to the female person calling him, about which the cabby, of course, had not the slightest idea, that it was indeed the most powerful woman on the planet, the German female chancelor Mrs. Merkel, asking him to take on the job as the new president of Germany!
It shows something of the character of this new president of Germany, when he turned to the driver and just simply said: “you are now driving the new Bundespräsident, we have to change our course and go straight to the Bundeskanzleramt.”
With an autograph of the new Bundespräsident on his cab license (still paper in Germany) this lucky cabby is now all over the media!