After being caught on video for lifting a fancy pen into his coat pocket during an official event, more than 5,000 Czechs have joined a Facebook campaign to mail President Vaclav Klaus pens on May 2, 2011 because “Mr. President obviously has nothing to write with.”
The president’s country is making fun of his sleight of hand escapade, which made the front page news in his country.
A video was uploaded on YouTube Monday and now has almost 400,000 views. It reveals Klaus pocketing an official pen last week during a visit to Chile.
The video doesn’t offer subtitles but you get the idea. Red circles and arrows – complemented with comical music — Klaus is caught in the act as Chilean President Sebastian Pinera speaks during a news conference.
“All I have to say, it is not a pen but just a stylus,” Klaus said Tuesday, adding that he takes things all the time. Klaus said he has a pen from October’s NATO Summit in Lisbon, Portugal, and a notepad from the Latvian Parliament, among other souvenirs, according to ABC News.
“It is what people do regularly,” he said. “They keep notepads and pen from such events.”
I agree with President Vaclav Klaus. Pens, notepads and other thingamajigs are perks to attending such events. I have even nabbed a couple of water bottles and carrying packs, but I am not a president of a country.
Besides being at an official function, what is the big deal with the Czechs?