Monday, 29. December 2014
22. 01. 09. - 11:00
Outgoing US ambassador to Austria and Republican David Girard-diCarlo has raised eyebrows after letting slip he hopes Barack Obama goes the full distance and serves eight years as US president.
Speaking to journalists about his seven months in Austria, the Republican said: "I hope Obama will be a two-term president."
Girard-diCarlo, a lawyer, lobbyist, and former chairman of the 2000 Bush-Cheney election campaign, succeeded Susan McCaw in July last year. McCaw left Austria at the end of 2007. The post had been vacant for six months.
Girard-diCarlo only had warm words for Obama, who had been sworn in on Tuesday in Washington D.C., and his team, especially new Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Girard-diCarlo said the United States and the world have "high hopes" in what Obama can achieve and it would be vital the former senator for Illinois is successful.
Asked to give his view on the presidency of fellow Republican George W. Bush, Girard-diCarlo admitted that the US lost a lot of respect due to mistakes that have been made. But Girard-diCarlo added: "There is no manual on how to lead a powerful nation. Thatís why we make mistakes. But there is no country which learns faster."
Reflecting his short spell in Vienna, Girard-diCarlo said he had a "wonderful and educational time." The 66-year-old added he "will have to get used to the fact that the car wonít move when I enter at the back seat."
Girard-diCarlo stressed that leaving the post means to sacrifice things but also win back privacy.
Asked about his future plans, the outgoing ambassador smiled: "I donít know exactly to be honest, but my wife has told me I need to get a job."
Hundreds of Austrians and Democrats Abroad gathered at the "Badeschiff" located at Viennaís Danube Canal to celebrate the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States of America on Tuesday.
Party guests were able to watch the ceremony on several screens. Later on, the crowds were entertained by live jazz and folk music.
Ebola's deadly reach impacts Vienna student
Austria has yet to record its first case of Ebola, but the feared virus has already had a severe impact on the lives of Africans living in Vienna.
Grigorij Sokolov Works His Magic At Vienna Konzerthaus
Whilst the world-famous Wizard of Oz played at the Volksoper, there was another Wizard in the Konzerthaus giving his 16th performance in Vienna!
Penelope Cruz To Play The Ice Cream Killer
The memoirs of the woman dubbed the Ice Cream Killer after she shot dead two ex-lovers before hacking the bodies up with a chainsaw and telling neighbours the noise was a new ice cream machine are due to be turned into a blockbuster with Penelope Cruz playing the lead role.
Kid Left In Coma After Beaten By Teacher For Talking
This is the shocking image of a little Chinese girl before and after she was punished by her teacher - for talking in class.
Freezing Rain Causes Chaos In Central Europe
Freezing weather has arrived in Europe with a vengeance with a layer of ice blanketing parts of Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic and causing traffic chaos.
Holey Smoke As Car Disappears Down Sinkhole
Motorist Wei Hsiao found himself in a hole lot of trouble in China when a giant sinkhole opened up on the road beneath him, swallowing his entire car.
Shock Moment Police Helicopter Explodes On Street
This is the moment a police helicopter exploded into a spinning ball of flame in Chile when a fire truck clipped one of its rotors.
More Than Twenty 100,000 GBP Motors Used In Bridal Convoy
A Chinese couple who wanted to have the most expensive wedding convoy possible arranged for a convoy of top of the range cars including a stretch Hummer followed by Lamborghinis, Porsches and other VIP motors.
Riot Police Star In Downs Syndrome Calendar
Spanish riot police have joined forces with Down's syndrome kids to take part in a special calendar for charity.
Chinese Nuclear Winter Smog Leaves Clinics Full
Fresh proof of Chinese scientists' claims that the country's toxic air pollution resembles a nuclear winter are shown by these images that show clinics and hospitals packed with patients suffering with trouble breathing.
The most popular stories –
last 7 days
|Dad Bathes Baby Under Cold Tap In Winter|
|Romanian Woman Defends Riding The Christmas Pig|
|Coach Stops Play By Kicking Second Ball Onto Pitch|
|Turkish University To Develop Lie Detector For Turks|
Why suffer in silence. Let off steam by letting our readers share your troubles. File your complaints about anything and everything here.
Our ombudsman David Rogers will try and help solve some of the problems from lazy civil servants through to incompetent companies – and at the very least the worst transgressors will end up in our weekly special report.