Czech president becomes viral video star—for pocketing a pen

Versions of this clip have been viewed over 1 million times and inspired a Facebook campaign in the Czech Republic. In the U.S., this could get a president impeached.

On Sunday, Czech television broadcast a clip of President Vaclav Klaus meeting with Chilean President Sebastián Piñera, in which the European leader discreetly removes a pen from a case and pockets it.

The clip has been viewed more than 1 million times over various Web properties, reports The Guardian.

A Facebook campaign started in the Czech Republic; people are asked to send Klaus pens on May 2 “as the president obviously has nothing to write with,” the Facebook group says.

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