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Time for a German Joke by Alexiel-VIII Time for a German Joke by Alexiel-VIII
Just a stupid sketch that I wanted to show you guys. XD

American President Kennedy famously said, "All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin, and, therefore, as a free man, I take pride in the words 'Ich bin ein Berliner!" to a crowd of Germans while speaking of the plight surrounding the Berlin wall.

He had wanted to make an impact, and asked his German translator how to simply say 'I am a citizen of Berlin!"

What the President REALLY said was "I am a Jelly Doughnut!"

You see, in Deutsch, when announcing your profession, or your affiliation, you need simply say "Ich bin Berliner", or "Ich bin Künstler" (I am an Artist). And at the time, a berliner was a local pastry.

But the Germans in the crowd understood what he really meant, and he was met with roaring applause.

Germany/Ludwig, however... doesn't get the joke. XD
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D-Stone Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist

"Ich bin ein Gelee-Krapfen" is how you say "i am a jelly donut" in german.... "Ich bin ein Berliner" IS how you say "I am a citizen of Berlin" but yes a lot of the people thought the jelly donut part as well and in fact after kennedy said that speach jelly donuts became huge out there :)
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Northern-Leuchte Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
X'D
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Alexiel-VIII Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! 
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Northern-Leuchte Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
np
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BellaMelindaRose411 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014
:) There are certain moments that just stand out when studying history... this is one of them. :) 
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Alexiel-VIII Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Totally!  Haha!  
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AbsolutGermanyFangrl Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
poor Germany


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I'm a supporter of Germany x Berlin. Problem? :icontrollfaceplz:

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There's a million ways to hush my voice
And a million knives to kill my thoughts
Maybe I'm all that you fear
I'm a stargazer
My eyes see differently

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❒ Single
❒ Taken
✓ Mentally living with characters that don't even exist (Germany & Prussia)
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Alexiel-VIII Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks~
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CelestiaLily Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011
... I suddenly have a craving for jelly doughnuts. XD
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Alexiel-VIII Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
haha!
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