Today Germany swore in its youngest post-World War II president — 51-year-old Christian Wulff. This generally would be of no interest to anyone outside Germany, as Chancellor Angela Merkel will remain the country's international face, except Wulff has a stylish, young wife: 36-year-old Bettina Wulff.
With a 5'11" beauty in Bellevue Palace, Germans finally have their own Michelle Obama/Carla Bruni/Samantha Cameron to obsess over. And they have high hopes! A bad translation of "Bettina Wulf — die Deutsch Carla Bruni?" says "she smiles away any government crisis."
With these expectations, maybe we will be hearing more! Find facts to get you started on Bettina below.
- A single mom: Before Christian Wulff left his wife of 18 years for her, she was a single mom. "I wasn't waiting for someone to come along and sweep me off my feet," she once said. "I always assumed that I was going to have to take care of myself and I've kept doing that all along."
- Has a tattoo on her shoulder: Joining Samantha Cameron in the tattooed first-wives club, Bettina was spotted covering up a tattoo on her shoulder after her husband's election Wednesday. Michelle Obama is now being called upon to ink up.
- Works in PR: She's a communications manager for a German retailer, and she met her husband while doing PR for tire maker Continental in 2006.
Despite the scandalous beginnings of her marriage, which could ruin most men's political ambitions, the couple's natural chemistry and Bettina's likability seems to have saved Christian Wulff's.