Collectively, the Kennedys confirmed up an hour late for a cocktail get together given by the U.S. ambassador, Kenneth Rush, at his dwelling in Unhealthy Godesberg.
Taking part in no favorites, they went on to seem 90 minutes late at one other reception in suburban Rolansdeck. The host, Helmut Kohl, minister president of Rhineland-Palatinate, stated considerably stonily: “Kennedys have been at all times welcome right here, and that’s no completely different at this time.”
In the meantime, Overseas Minister Walter Scheel was ready to provide the Kennedys one thing to eat. He waited two hours.
Topping all of it off, Mrs. Kennedy confirmed up late for the live performance.
An American diplomat tried to appease the Germans with the reason that tardiness was “customary and deliberate” by the Kennedys as a way of accelerating the anticipation of their audiences.
There was just one German comfort prize for Sen. Kennedy. Bonn’s main seeress, a Gypsy named Margarete Gussantier, who calls herself Buchela, predicted: “You can be President of America, however not but.”
He’s reported as having replied: “I’ve time.”
— The Worldwide Herald Tribune, Apr. 23, 1971.