(By Ray D.)
In just two weeks, US President George W. Bush is set to visit Germany for the first time in several years. The President's main stop will be in Mainz, Germany on February 23, where he is scheduled to meet German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder.
The city of Mainz is currently celebrating carnival and has taken the opportunity to make its feelings about the President known with a special carnival float. And this scandal float did not simply fall through the cracks: It was expressly approved by the Mayor of Mainz, Jens Beutel of Gerhard Schroeder's SPD, despite numerous citizens' complaints. Beutel said of the float that he was "sure the President would take it with humor."
Welcome to Mainz Mr. Bush!
German Christian-Democrat (CDU) Opposition leader Angela Merkel is Shown Climbing a Ladder into Bush's (***) above which hangs a sign "Re-Opening." A Text Accompanies the Float:
"Angela is Glowing in the End / George Bush Remains President / She Feels Like in a Honeymoon / We Wish Her Good After-Noon."
What tasteful German humor! Perhaps Mr. Bush should be aware of what his host city Mainz thinks of him!
Mainz Mayor Jens Beutel of Schroeder's SPD: I approve of this float.
Perhaps Mainz, Germany wouldn't be the best place for the President's visit after all...
Appropriate for children?: According to one of our commenters, the above float was featured in a German children's program named "Logo" on the state-run ZDF/ARD networks. Obviously, it was also seen by scores of children in Mainz along the parade route.