52 States in 8 Months

German politicians on rescue missions

Posted in Uncategorized by Ulf on February 20, 2009

juergen_ruettgersMost people who watched the German news in the last days learned about Jürgen Rüttgers’ trip to Detroit (General Motors Corp), where he tried to help saving the jobs at the Opel plants in Germany.

These are the current results from Google News if I type in “juergen ruettgers”:

Now, do you have the impression that Jürgen Rüttgers went to the US just for helping Opel (and Saab)? And that his trip was kind of a “last minute decision”?  Well, it wasn’t. Right now, there is the “German Conference” in Boston. It’s organized by some fellows from the Studienstiftung, so that’s how I learned about it. Guess which governor of North Rhine-Westphalia gave the opening keynote yesterday…

I’m pretty sure Mr Rüttgers would never claim to have visited the US only to care about Opel. Therefore it’s probably our media’s fault to create wrong impressions. They should have told us that Jürgen Rüttgers was on the long-planned trip to the US, and that he therefore used this opportunity for helping Opel. Or at least for trying it.


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  1. Tommy said, on February 21, 2009 at 6:09 am

    Warum sollte man ihm einen Vorwurf machen? Extra rüberfliegen um Opel zu retten, wäre doch zuviel des Guten. Immerhin ist Opel im Moment nur halb so viel wert wie ein Transatlantik-Roundtrip. :D

  2. Ulf said, on February 21, 2009 at 7:20 pm


    Mein Vorwurf gilt auch eher den Medien als Ruettgers. Wobei der natuerlich auch schonmal etwas frueher haette in die USA fliegen koennen — nicht erst 2-3 Tage vor dem Ablauf der Frist, die die US-Regierung den Autokonzernen gesetzt hat. Aber vielleicht hat er das gemacht und ich weiss nichts davon.

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