Gov. Jerry Brown’s popularity with European officials is high, and his staff has to choose which events, among the many on offer, he attends. But Brown’s broader name recognition may be another matter.
The governor’s appearance at the Baden-Württemberg state Parliament in Stuttgart on Wednesday morning to talk about climate change coincided with a program bringing students to the German state’s capital to observe government in action.
Two students on hand were excited to watch Brown’s address but admitted to turning to the internet to learn who, exactly, he was.
“Some people were thinking that it would be Arnold Schwarzenegger,” said Janina Bauer, one of those in attendance.
Her friend, Fiona Breucker, admitted: “We Googled him, of course.”