It’s not quite a regular day affair when politicians impress you with their humbleness, but Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has become a worldwide celebrity after a video of him cleaning up his coffee spill in the Parliament went viral.
Rutte accidentally spilled coffee in the Dutch Parliament, but didn’t leave the job to the cleaners. He borrowed a mop and started cleaning up the mess while the cleaners’ applauded him.
Dutch diplomat Cees Van Beek first uploaded the video on Twitter on June 4, and since then his post has been liked and shared by people across the world.
In a longer version of the clip, he even gets a lesson in adjusting the mop to his height from employees – in case he spills his coffee again. The leader was applauded on Twitter for showing humility and most agreed that other leaders could take some cues from the 51-year-old.
But, hold on! There are some who remained skeptical and wondered if the gesture was just for the cameras.
if they’re recording, it’s surely a PR.
— Emir Tanrikulu (@Emir_Tanrikulu) June 4, 2018
it may be a publicity stunt, but I still will still pic.twitter.com/jXGf5c8GpV
— Murat Turkson (@turks0n) June 4, 2018
This, however, isn’t the first time Mark Rutte has been commended for doing something not expected from the Prime Minister of one of the wealthiest nations in the world. Last year, for a meeting with the Dutch king, the leader ditched his car and opted to cycle to the palace instead.
Our prime minister had a meeting with our king so he biked over and parked in front of the palace. 🇳🇱❤ pic.twitter.com/N5X4PXa5ku
— Robert Gaal (@robertgaal) October 14, 2017