1. TampaZeke says

    That’s the EXACT same look she had when our former idiot president groped her at an international summit.

  2. Robert in NYC says

    The sooner she’s gone the better. Then Germany can proceed with marriage equality. She’s chairwoman of that awful very conservative Christian Democratic Union.

  3. Marcito says

    That should have been done with two people
    in service; one to hold the tray & one to serve the beer. It’s every server’s worst nightmare…

  4. Oliver says

    Can you imagine if that was one of the “Housewives” on one of those Bravo shows? They would have gone ballistic! Probably have called the National Guard.

  5. Artie says

    She handled that better than most people would have.

    And to those who criticize her, you’re clearly more obsessed with Gaga than politics. Merkel is an important part of why Germany has a solid economy and why they’re in a position to bail out other countries.

  6. Tom in long beach says

    Wow, what a nightmare for the waiter. Been there done that. (But never to a head of state) !
    Possibly a case of nerves… or being distracted. She handled it well. I agree with MARCITO for a VIP they should have had one server hold the tray while someone else served.

  7. Steve says

    By the way, it looks like it’s not the waiter’s fault. The guy who walks past him seems to knock over the tray with his arm

  8. jim says

    I feel for the poor guy. 1980, while a cocktail waiter during a college summer in Cape May, I spilled a full tray of drinks down the back of the owner’s wife. I was embarrassed and horrified. Tho soaked, she was grace personified, and I’ve never forgotten her.

  9. says

    She proved herself to be a gracious, compassionate, elegant lady. I admire her reaction and her “on with the show” attitude.

  10. Paul says

    What a horrible waiter, they couldn’t have found a more experienced server to serve the beer? I waited tables many moons ago when I was in my early 20s and that tilted tray was just pathetic and something a newbie would do, not an experienced waiter!

  11. TJ says

    JIM – I had the same sort of thing happen over 30 years ago. Totally inexperienced but working the lunch shift at a very fancy hotel – no one ever ordered wine by the bottle, much less champagne. Late one Saturday, the company owner, his beautiful young wife, and some VIP’s came in. I had to stay after everyone else had left. First bottle of champagne went okay. The second – and of course, twice as expensive – bottle? Not so much. A champagne shower for everyone. To a person, they were gracious and solicitous, assuring me that it was no big deal.

  12. vwdavy says

    my first table after 60 days of training at the Creve Coeur City Club in downtown Peoria had the mayor, chairman of Caterpillar, civic centre head, and three bank presidents. i spilled my very first tray of iced teas that day over-mostly-Mayor Maloof and Chairman Don Fites. i was near tears, but those six men were fantastically wonderful to me. the mayor is still a friend to this day.

  13. Marcus says

    Do you even realize her politics? She and her party are the ones preventing gay marriage in germany!

  14. Chris says

    I am an American and have been married to my partner here in germany since 2004. What are you talking about?

  15. Bernadette says

    I can’t believe that even to this day it is common to make nazi references in comments relating to an entry about Germans/Germany. At least, we learned from our mistakes and will never forget. Unfortunately, this can’t be said about other countries.