Czech President Becomes YouTube Hit After Stealing Pen; Over 5,000 Czechs Sign Up to Send Him Pens

PHOTO: A video, which was uploaded April 11, 2011, currently has more than 83,000 views and shows Klaus stealing an official pen last week during a visit to Chile.
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The Czech people have come to the aid of their president after his pen-lifting ways became a viral hit on YouTube.

More than 5,000 Czechs have joined a Facebook campaign to mail President Vaclav Klaus pens on May 2 because "Mr. President obviously has nothing to write with."

The video, which was uploaded Monday, has more than 350,000 views. It shows Klaus pocketing an official pen last week during a visit to Chile.

Viewers don't have to know Spanish or Czech to get the idea. Red circles and arrows -- accompanied by comical music -- catch Klaus in the act as Chilean President Sebastian Pinera speaks during a news conference.

"All I have to say, it is not a pen but just a stylus," Klaus said Tuesday, adding that he takes things all the time. Klaus said he has a pen from October's NATO Summit in Lisbon, Portugal, and a notepad from the Latvian Parliament, among other souvenirs.

"It is what people do regularly," he said. "They keep notepads and pen from such events."

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