Hillary Clinton makes history as first American presidential candidate. Angela Merkel did as first German Chancellor did the same thing – caused no air balloon rain and “Let’s make history” but moments from. Why? A search for clues.
Since last week is clear: Hillary Clinton is the Democratic presidential candidate in 2016. At the Party Convention in Philadelphia, it was raining balloons en masse, faces were – apart from some seventyfive Bernie Bros – and the sheer importance of this historical moment fell like a warm blanket on everybody. Clinton is the first American ever, which was chosen as the presidential candidate of a major party and I must say the whole thing carries me. Here, history is written!
Personally I’s for various reasons like that was celebrated this event with such pomp. But especially, because I’m so bad is to recognize historical events as such. Really true! In movies, it’s like: the heroine knows just exactly when just something important happens. If she experienced a unique moment, a moment that will be historic. The audience knows it, too, by the way, thanks to swelling music. And in real life? Well, because it looks very different. There is missing the music in the background, which tells us: that’s important now! It must / you want to remember years later!
Almost eleven years Angela Merkel
Before almost eleven years ago, on November 22, 2005, Angela Merkel became the first German Chancellor, the Germany ever had. A historic moment – to the I have none to fragmented memories. No balloons, no empowernden speeches by well-known actresses (and Katy Perry has not Sung also). I was 17 and in 12th grade, performance courses in German and English. Almost eleven years Angela Merkel. During these eleven years did I high school, moved to France, have studied, completed my studies, moved to Berlin and started to work. You could say: I grew up in those eleven years. Or what is so “adult”.
In the election of 2005 I have only blurry memories. I know but one: I found the result of disastrous. I did not want that the CDU Germany ruled, I wanted to keep Chancellor Gerhard Schröder. What feminist informed – perspective from today’s – somewhat absurd is, because if one was the prototype of the smug macho politician, then I suppose “Acker” (Schroeder’s nickname on the soccer field). A man who dismissed the women and family Ministry as “Ministry of rigmarole”, and everywhere was as Alpha animal. I don’t know why I liked Schröder – perhaps, because he was entertaining?
Then but still pretty awkward, I found his appearance in the so-called “heavyweight round” after the election. How he abkanzelte the clear choice winner Angela Merkel and refused to accept his defeat. “There is a clear losers, and now really is Mrs Merkel” he sounded in the direction of the CDU-Chief – and maybe even in the Chancellor’s Office helped her. The former ZDF editor-in-Chief Nikolaus Brender, who moderated the round at the time, recalls: “at the CDU headquarters in Berlin several politicians, including Wulff, Cook and Müller, should have sat down because of the disappointing election results, to clear them away. That was of course not possible after Schroeder’s attack. That’s why Schröder Merkel has given probably in the Chancellor’s Office.”
Not “the one”
That was somehow always Merkel’s specialty: nobody expects her and yet she emerges at the end as a winner. I think that I, before she became Chancellor, had no opinion at all to Angela Merkel. And this is me as a feminist today but pretty – uncomfortable? Embarrassing? One should however assume that you have an opinion to the first German Chancellor candidate? But nothing since.
Of course there are different explanations. First, I was young. So, really young. Clearly I was politically interested, but politics was still fairly little to do with my own concrete life. Secondly, Germany is not America. Election campaigns are here not so personal, finally we choose Yes the Bundestag and not the Federal Chancellor or the Chancellor. The staging of big moments going on kind of German policy – only to bipartisan, people connecting events such as the fall of the wall, reunification etc. You get that times out.
But especially Angela Merkels therefore not historically felt choice, because Merkel was not “the right thing”. She was (and is) CDU politician and somehow I wished, that the first Chancellor comes from the political left. I was ambitious, idealistic expectations on the first Chancellor. It is many Americans with Clinton like me at that time with Merkel: Yeah, the first presidential candidate! But it really has to be this woman? Similarly in the United Kingdom: Hooray, the first Prime Minister after Margaret Thatcher! But why ask all things Theresa May?
In the time machine
Do you think is the truth: certain moments only then historic feel, if you for a personally mean something. Nevertheless: If I currently look after America I hope sometimes to be able to get to go back in the year 2005 in a time machine. Easy to experience again what was at the time. Angela Merkel may be no Hillary Clinton – but a few more memories of this, maybe not for me, historical event I’d like to.