German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who was hit in the face while jogging, posted a photo of himself wearing an eye patch on Monday, sparking a torrent of well-wishes and amused comments on his social media appearance as a hacker.
“I’m impatiently waiting for the memes” (images were transformed with humor): The leader pre-empted comments on his unusual appearance by posting on X (formerly Twitter) a photo of himself smiling and wearing a suit, but in a black suit. Eye patch on the right eye with scratches around it.
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On Monday evening, he made his first official appearance with this new accessory, at the annual St. Michael’s Reception organized by the Catholic Church in Berlin.
His spokesman Stephen Hebstreit said earlier in a regular press conference that the photo was released so that “everyone can get used to what it will look like for a week or two.”
Olaf Scholz suffered a minor facial injury when he fell while jogging on Sunday, forcing him to cancel his commitments for the day.
He wrote under the photo posted on his official account: “Thank you for the good wishes. It seems worse than it is.”
According to the popular newspaper Bild, the patch covered his severely swollen right eye, but the medical examination did not reveal any other damage.
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Get well wishes poured in in response to the post, mixed with countless memes, many of which likened him to a pirate.
By evening, his tweet had received more than 31,000 likes, more than 6,000 replies, and nearly 4 million views.
Despite his injury, Mr. Schultz, who has been running regularly for several years, is doing well, his spokesman confirmed.
He also plans to honor his upcoming appointments, including a visit to the IAA motor show in Munich on Tuesday and a speech to Parliament on Wednesday.
“He is in good condition considering the circumstances,” Mr Hebstreet said. He added: “He was in good spirits this morning, even if he still seemed a bit nervous.”
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