I am in Europe this week meeting with the G-20 leaders to discuss the global economy.
My first stop was in Frankfurt, Germany. The folks in Frankfurt are suffering mightily from
the deep recession here.
Last night, I held a town hall meeting (technically it was a "beer hall" meeting) where I took questions from the audience. Prior to the meeting, I thought long and hard about how to convey the proper tone.
I wanted to show the German people that I respect their culture; that I identify with their problems; that I am one with them. That is why I chose to wear the traditional lederhosen for this important event.
After 90 minutes of questions and answers, I ended the meeting to thunderous applause. Overcome by their adoration, I spoke in words reminiscent of another American President who was also adored by the European masses.
"Ich bin ein Frankfurter!!!"