You all remember this lovely metaphor for America’s relationship with our close ally, Germany, during the Bush administration:
Bush tries to massage Angela Merkel

It looks like, should all go according to plan, things are going to be different in the future. According to Reuters, Angela Merkel was asked yesterday, before she’d met Barack Obama, what she thought of him.

Merkel responded: “I would say that he is well-equipped — physically, mentally and politically.”

Physically? Um… OK.

She was further asked, in reference to the image above, whether she expected more massages from the next American president.

“That’s not really up to me,” she joked. “But I wouldn’t resist.”

Heh. Just what are we supposed to make of that? I’m hoping she’s just toying with the media’s preoccupation with personality and celebrity rather than real political issues. I really, really hope that’s it, because I’d hate to think Merkel’s thinking of relations with a US president who’s… hot. Because when I think of that, I feel like this:
Bush tries to massage Angela Merkel

Ein Tipp der Hut to Blue Gal.

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