Dirk Nowitzki may have been forced to watch the entirety of the 2013 NBA Playoffs from home, but the time off certainly hasn’t diminished the superstar’s stature — especially in his native Germany, and especially as he celebrated his 35th birthday.
On Wednesday, he shared a birthday dinner with President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the Orangery of Charlottenburg Palace in Berlin.
According to CBS Dallas, “President Barack Obama spoke at Berlin’s iconic Brandenburg Gate on Wednesday, calling for reductions in U.S. and Russian nuclear stockpiles, for a movement to confront climate change, and for a “fighting spirit’’ of activism for freedom around the world.”
But Obama’s time in Germany runs deeper than a speech regarding widely discussed topics that may or may not ever go into effect. The President’s trip serves as his very first to the country over the entirety of his presidency. Still more, his trip arrives close to the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s famous 1963 speech during which he proclaimed the famous sentence “Ich bin ein Berliner”.
Sure beats a birthday party at Dave & Buster’s (no disrespect meant, but come on, dinner with dignitaries? That’s pretty legit for Dirk, or anyone).