This Blitzbesuch (Blitz as in lightning as in lightning-fast as in Blitzkrieg and Besuch as in visit) is not only his first foreign visit as PrÃ©sident de la RÃ©publique, itâ€™s his first damned visit anywhere as such, unless maybe you count the trip to the bathroom he may or may not have taken after the ceremonies were over in Paris. And I doubt if this guy took the time to pay a visit there, the way he fidgets around all over the place like he does all the time.
And so like then he arrives here in Berlin and starts talking about â€œparalysisâ€ (the European Union kind) and â€œurgencyâ€ (the Airbus kind) and starts saying stuff like â€œI did not want just to make a symbolic gesture; I wanted to express my wish that we get to work straight away,” and then he gets all up in Angieâ€™s face and starts shaking her by the shoulders and messing up her hair, continually repeating â€œIt is urgent to act! It is urgent to act!â€
And you can like totally see that Angieâ€™s head is clearly spinning here with all of this tempo and vitesse talk and stuff going on all around her. Germans are a lot of things, but â€œbeing in a hurryâ€ isnâ€™t one of them.
So could it be that this guy really means business? Could he be some kind of a new Napoleon or something who might actually be able to move Europe in the right (as in proper) direction? Could he even be somebody who might be open to a more pragmatic, perhaps even benevolent view vis-Ã -vis the United States?
Nah. But heâ€™ll be fun to watch until his battery runs out.
Pour moi, je nâ€™ai quâ€™un besoin, celui de rÃ©ussir.
PS: And he didn’t even kiss around on her all that much, either.