Thursday, November 12, 2009

A Presidential Breakfast

The President of Estonia, Toomas Hendrik Ilves and his Latvian colleague met with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Berlin Sunday. The meeting, proposed by Clinton, was held at the Brandenburg Gate restaurant at the Berlin Hilton. President Ilves had sardines on whole wheat toast, and Zatlers ordered kasha with a side of sliced kiwis. Secretary Clinton enjoyed a large stack of pancakes, four eggs over easy, a side of bacon and sausage links, and a glass of fresh squeezed organic orange juice. At a news conference later, Clinton explained how she ordered jelly filled donuts, or “Berliners” for all three for dessert, saying, "to paraphrase JFK, Wir sind Berliner, ha ha ha."
President Ilves explained that “Secretary Clinton was being ironical, because JFK had once famously said ‘ich bin ein Berliner’, which means ‘I am a jelly filled donut.’" "Of course, he didn’t mean to say that” added President Zatlers, adding “what he wanted to say was completely different, and that is what makes international diplomacy so important.” Secretary Clinton paid for breakfast.

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