By Christina Wilkie - 04/04/11 11:27 PM EDT
It’s well-known in political circles that House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has yet to accept an invitation to attend a state dinner at the Obama White House.
But Monday’s announcement that German Chancellor Angela Merkel will be the next state-dinner honoree could sway the Speaker, who is of German descent.
“We’ll have to see,” he told ITK.
The dinner will be part of a state visit, and Merkel will be accompanied by her husband, Dr. Joachim Sauer.
Their trip will mark the first official visit by a German chancellor or president since 1992, when then-President George H.W. Bush hosted President Richard von Weizsacker for a state dinner.
But speculation about prominent German-American politicos at the dinner likely won’t be limited to Boehner.
Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.) and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) both have German heritage, as does liberal TV personality Keith Olbermann.
Actor and pop star David Hasselhoff is a huge star in Germany, though he’s a long shot for a state-dinner invitation.
The planned event follows previous state dinners held by the Obamas for visiting leaders from India, Mexico and China.