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Germans Raise Steins to Oktoberfest, and Drunk Driving?

Chancellor Angela Merkel and her fellow German politicians gathered in Berlin yesterday to kick off that city's beer festival. Beer lovers will tap Munich on Saturday, when Oktoberfest officially begins.

Guenther Beckstein, the governor of Bavaria, which includes Munich raised eyebrows recently when he said, "If one drinks the two liters over six or seven hours at the Oktoberfest, it is still possible" to drive. He's now retracted those potentially irresponsible comments.

Political opponents hope that Beckstein's statement on drunk driving could help them defeat him in elections on September 28.

Now that would be sobering!


Bavaria's state governor Guenther

Bavaria's state governor Guenther Beckstein and Markus Soeder, new Minister for Federal and European Affairs

Andrea Nahles, vice-chairwoman of Germany's Social Democrats SPD party and Bavaria's SPD top-candidate Franz Maget

Bavaria's state governor Guenther Beckstein and German Chancellor Angela Merkel

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milosmommy milosmommy 7 years
I had to re-read it to Schaianne...lol
Schaianne Schaianne 7 years
OMG GS!! I had to read that like 5 times before I got it!! I was going "She doesn't have any letters interposed?" Ugh ... time to go home, hahahaha.
janneth janneth 7 years
Well, at least Germans don't drive 150 kilometers an hour. Oh wait, they do.
janneth janneth 7 years
I agree with ilanac. Soundbites are so influential.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 7 years
lol, six of one, half a dozen of the other!
bellaressa bellaressa 7 years
you need to lay off the coffee.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 7 years
lol, need coffee. Must have coffee :coffee:
bellaressa bellaressa 7 years
GS - I so do not have a comment. :lol:
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 7 years
wow, I am dyslexic today. As soon as I hit post I was like, doh!
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 7 years
Open foot...insert mouth.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 7 years
Open foot...insert mouth.
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
it's always upsetting to hear how comments can sometimes be taken out of context and used to make a point by opposition. i'm sure that the point of the comment wasn't to condone drunk driving since no one is that dumb..but more so to make a point that you can still enjoy one of the country's traditions. i hope that people realize that it's a witch hunt if they believe that this guy was making a point about being able to drink and drive. i wish that we had oktoberfest here in the states - a real one at that. we have the faux celebratory ones from time to time, but it's not as massive and important here as it is in Germany.
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
it's always upsetting to hear how comments can sometimes be taken out of context and used to make a point by opposition. i'm sure that the point of the comment wasn't to condone drunk driving since no one is that dumb..but more so to make a point that you can still enjoy one of the country's traditions. i hope that people realize that it's a witch hunt if they believe that this guy was making a point about being able to drink and drive.i wish that we had oktoberfest here in the states - a real one at that. we have the faux celebratory ones from time to time, but it's not as massive and important here as it is in Germany.
bellaressa bellaressa 7 years
Maybe he was a little drunk when he was interviewed. I highly doubt everyone in Germany or that town is a drunk driver and I hope no one believe that they are.
Schaianne Schaianne 7 years
Not all Germans are blithering idiots, thank God.
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