Excited son ambushes dad's live TV interview on Bloomberg

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A young boy has stolen the show after he gatecrashed his father's Zoom interview on live TV.

Speaking on Bloomberg Surveillance recently, Jacob Funk Kirkegaard from the Peterson Institute For International Economics (PIIE) and German Marshall Fund (GMF) was talking about Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann stepping down.

Weidmann, a relentless critic of the European Central Bank's ultra easy monetary policy, will step down more than five years early, opening the door for Germany's new government to pick a less confrontational successor.

However, just as Mr Kirkegaard started talking, a beaming young man walks into the frame and starts waving frantically.

Jacob Funk Kirkegaard's son interrupted his Zoom minterview with Bloomberg Surveillance. Source: Twitter - @daniel_mcdowell via Bloomberg
Jacob Funk Kirkegaard's son interrupted his Zoom minterview with Bloomberg Surveillance. Source: Twitter - @daniel_mcdowell via Bloomberg

Mr Kirkegaard tried to gently push his son out of the frame, but he returns, dancing for all of Bloomberg's viewers to see, and then sticking out his tongue and gleefully laughing.

While Mr Kirkegaard was able to keep a straight face, host Jonathan Ferro made light of the situation.

"Just a quick question, does your son work for the Greek government?" Mr Ferro asked, making Mr Kirkegaard laugh.

Everyone was a fan of Mr Kirkegaard's son's performance.

"Impressive job by this young man on @BloombergTV this morning," one person tweeted. 

"Proves what I've always said: Every report about the Bundesbank should include goofy dancing kids in the background!"

Others marvelled at Mr Kirkegaard's ability to keep a straight face among the chaos, and he has now earned the nickname 'Bloomberg Dad'.

"Absolute props to Bloomberg Dad here for a) keeping it together and b) outdoing BBC Dad," someone tweeted.

One account on Twitter pointed out the artwork seen in the Kirkegaard home and even dubbed the son's appearance a "performance piece for a worldwide audience, "Stealth Bomb". 

To which Mr Kirkegaard quipped it was "not quite stealthy enough for me".

Having children interrupt Zoom meetings and interview has become quite common, while people work home amid the pandemic.

Back in August, Carmel Sepuloni, New Zealand's Minister for Social Development, had an interview interrupted by her son who showed off a "deformed carrot shaped like a male body part".

"Yes, we were almost wrestling over a carrot on camera, and yes, I’m laughing about it now but wasn’t at the time!" the mum wrote on Twitter afterwards.

With Reuters

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