I have voiced extreme skepticism in the past about the electability of Mitt Romney based on his religious affiliation as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
A year ago today, while hiking in the heavenly Bavarian Alps, Jack Welch and I ran into German President Horst Köhler after having a lunch with Bishop August Schubert and his wife and grandkids at the Obersee above the Königsee near Berchtesgaden. This is a remarkably beautiful area of the world, as anyone who has been privileged enough to visit will attest. For mountain lovers there is little to dislike about Bavaria’s rugged alps, alpine villages, and clear rivers and streams. Königsee is a paradisiacal fjord-like lake cut deep and rugged between steep imposing cliffs. And you never know who you will run into on these alpine hikes. We were certainly taken by surprise when President Köhler appeared on the trail ahead of us, flanked by his secret-service-equivalent body guards. This is, admittedly, a trivial claim to fame, but it was an exciting experience to have this encounter in such a magical setting. President Köhler was gracious enough to let us take this picture with him. He even graciously acted interested in the Dead Sea Scrolls/Qumran Exhibition that was being hosted at the Salzburg Ward at that time and that would be traveling up to Berlin later on. Did anyone notice if he popped in to see it in Berlin?