POOR Angela with the hard G.
Not only is she the only woman in those embarrassing G8 "wedding photos", where her jacket provides the one single splash of colour amid all those dark suits, now she has to live with the fact that at least one of them - and him of all people, the one who's meant to be cool! - has been listening to her phone calls.
Which means he knows about the pizzas! "It's the Reichstag. What do you mean you don't know it? It has the big glass dome … Oh, just arrived from Turkey? OK, fair enough. I'll come down and meet you." The time she lost it with Greece!! This is embarrassing. You can just hear her, hand over the mouthpiece, speaking to her husband. "It's Debtolopolis again - they want more money …" The Eurovision Song Contest vote!!! Azerbaijan!!! What was she thinking?
So damn right she's annoyed. When Obama makes the next state visit to Germany - ha! like he's going to be invited now? - it will be interesting to see what kind of reception he gets. Red carpet? Yeah, sure. The President and his wife will have to walk through a puddle to one of those bendy buses just like the rest of us. In fact, maybe with the rest of us. They're joining EasyJet 214 just landed from Tenerife. They cause quite a stir on the bus. "Hey Kathrin. Look at these two. You're look-alikes, ja? Off to a party? Sehr gut. We are hoping it goes well for you."
Meanwhile, Air Force One is being clamped as the bus pulls away. Some guy in one of those squat, yellow vehicles with the cantilever arm and the orange flashers on is yelling up at front of the plane: "Es ist mir egal, wer Sie sind! Sie sind nicht das Ding hier parken! Bestellungen aus dem Chef!" ("I don't care who you are! You're not parking that thing here! Orders from the boss!") Ah Google translate. Where were you when we did our Standard Grade?
Thing is, our Angela with the hard G will be able to cope with this latest insult. You don't get to the Reichstag if you're not made of the Reich stuff.
Her ability to rise above such setbacks is what makes her the leader she is. Or, as the saying has it: surviving many a mickle makes a Merkel.
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