24 July 2008

Obama runs for Mayor of Berlin

That’s how Nile Gardiner of the U.K.’s Conservative Home.com feels about Senator Obama’s speech in Berlin:


It is difficult to see how scenes of tens of thousands of cheering left-wing Germans will increase support for Obama back home. After all, Germany and much of Europe have barely lifted a finger to help the Americans in the war against Islamist terrorism and won't fight in Afghanistan.


The speech itself was well delivered but completely lacking in any policy ideas. Soaring rhetoric but thoroughly lightweight in content. Obama basically gave the Germans what they wanted - European-style mush.

It really was mush. I wish I had time….

How sweetly I recall as a young soldier stationed in (West) Germany, listening to Ronaldus Magnus telling Mr. Gorbachev to “tear down this wall”.

Obama speaks of “change we can believe in”. So did Reagan:

We welcome change and openness; for we believe that freedom and security go together, that the advance of human liberty can only strengthen the cause of world peace. There is one sign the Soviets can make that would be unmistakable, that would advance dramatically the cause of freedom and peace. General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization, come here to this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall! (Emphasis on the word change is mine.)
People of the world -- look at Berlin! If Barak Obama's party had gotten its way there would still be, among other things, two Berlins.

Der heutige tag, es gibt nur ein Berlin. Try saying that, Senator Mercy Boo Koo. Pienso que no puede.

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