When John F. Kennedy delivered his “Ich Bin Ein Berliner” speech in front of the Brandenburg Gate on June 26, 1963, 450,000 people flocked to hear him. Fifty years later a far more subdued invitation-only crowd of 4,500 showed up to hear Barack Obama speak at the same location in Berlin. [Snip] JFK had a clear message when he came to Berlin a half century ago – the free world must stand up to Communist tyranny. 24 years later, President Reagan stood in the same spot famously calling on the Soviets to “tear down this wall.” Reagan’s speech was a
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david kahane, 6/20/2013 2:46:39 AM (No. 9384749)
One of the worst speeches in the history of the American presidency. Plus his moron staff had him facing west, right into the (rare) Berlin sunlight, behind a glass wall, forgetting that in northern Europe right about now, the sun stays up until about 10 p.m. Nice work all around, Team Barry!
The NSA spying thing is probably hurting Obama more worldwide than it is here. That´s because we´ve become conditioned to believe anything nefarious about him. The rest of the world still had a wide eyed fascination with him,still rubbing their eye a black guy got elected president here.
Obama did a poor or even non existent job of putting the NSA fire out,choosing instead to simply let it blow over while taking whacks as a continuation of what Bush started.
FTA "It is never a good sign when a US president parrots the language of a Brussels bureaucrat when he is supposed to be a champion of freedom. Obama’s distinctly unimpressive speech in Berlin was another dud from a floundering president whose leadership abroad is just as weak as it is at home." Nothing to add to what Nile said.
It was a combination of staggering naiveté, the appeasement of America’s enemies and strategic adversaries, and the championing of more big government solutions.
After a point, one begins looking for the hook to yank him off the stage.
There was little in this speech that advances US interests, or makes the world a safer place. Completely missing from Obama’s address was a call for the West to stand up to the rising threat of Islamist militancy,...
He dare not. He promised that in any conflict, he would "stand with the Muslims".
...the defence of Christians facing huge levels of persecution and intimidation in the Middle East,...
Why should he defend a religion he abhors? After all, just yesterday, he berated Irish Catholics for creating "division" through their Catholic schools.
...[no] strong condemnation of Iran and North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, and any criticism of growing authoritarianism in Russia.
"Authoritarianism" is a club he enjoys and is desperately trying to wield over the American people. Why would he condemn it?
"... pure mush, another clichéd “citizens of the world” polemic with little substance."
Well, what else would you expect from a dolt who was always unqualified and morally unfit to be President of the United States and who is obviously too intellectually stunted to ever grow into the job? And once again he proved that when the TelePrompter goes down, he´s dead in the water.
Hey, if you put a hollow man in an expensive suit you still end up with an empty suit. We have a real live Chauncey Gardiner as president. Little did Jerzy Kosinski realize that his great novel would become reality.
Chauncey Obama barely brought off Being There in Germany. And what newsreaders --- even Wallace on FoxNews Sunday --- consistently +fail to state is that when Obama spoke to 200K in Berlin 2008 his speech was sandwiched between two free rock concerts with major acts. Without the free music, open air concert thing going on, he would have been lucky to draw 10 or 20 thousand that day. Obama´s entire career has been one con job after another from the college grades we´ll never see to the books he did not write to that huge Berlin crowd that he did not draw. A con, all of it.
Recall the old ad showing 2 eggs. The announcer says "this is your brain"; Then picure two eggs frying in a pan. The announcers intones "This is yr brain on drugs"... Nuff said...A case of trying to run the Presidency with one lobe. His staff are bad too, just following a recipe of leftist ideas set up in the 1920´s and 30s. The only thing missing are millions starving or imprisoned. Hmmm. Easy to tear things down, but hard to be creative and make success out of nothing.
RE #8, I don´t remember seeing Kennedy or Reagan surrounded by protective glass. That struck me as odd, having all that glass in front of him. Reagan may have had glass in the back of him. If Obama´s audience was invited, why did they need all the glass? It makes him look like such a wuss. If it was all that dangerous, he should not have staged the event.
RE #18, I agree that he did not appear poised. Why couldn´t the man keep on his jacket? It was only 85 degrees. The troops in Iraq had to wear long-sleeved uniforms, body armor, helmets and carry 25 - 50 lbs of equipment in temps well over 100 degrees.
I noted that Angela Merkel was still wearing her jacket.
Just to set the record straight: JFK spoke in front of the Schoeneberg City Hall in Berlin-Schoeneberg (where the Freedom Bell is located) and not in front of the Brandenburg Gate. He visited the Gate area but did not speak there. Gardiner should read Daum´s book ´Kennedy in Berlin´
I wonder is the rest of the world is beginning to understand that Obozo really doesn´t have any American values. He was never raised or taught any as a child growing up. The only thing he learned was how great the communist form of government/economy is. And to hate American for all of it´s successes.
This was carefully choreographed by an increasingly paranoid Presidential security team. However, when the light´s just right he almost looks Presidential. So our Commander in Chief prances out and promises to cut our nuclear deterrence... and mere feet from the formerly bullet riddled Berlin Wall. What a guy. My fellow Americans, we have "arrove".
I know why people used to faint at Obama events. To get in, you had to arrive two hours ahead, stand in line for an hour, go into an enclosed space where people were tightly packed, even if there was plenty of room, and then continue to stand. By the time Obama started droning on, everyone had been standing for two hours. No chairs, no movement, just standing. It was physically difficult and if it was sunny, it was unbearable.
For JFK it was his “ich bin ein Berliner” speech in front of a crowd of 450,000.
For Obama it was his “ich bin ein feigling” speech behind panels of of two and a half inch thick bullet proof glass while facing a crowd of only 6,000 - some holding signs saying “MLK had a dream - Obama has a drone”
#8. I think that his staff had him facing East and away from the Sun, but that the sunlight bouncing and glaring off his heavyweight bullet proof glass shields wiped out his ability to read his teleprompter.
All that sunlight ricocheting off all those bulletproof glass shields are also what made it so hot on the stage, as when you look at the crowd of nearby Germans they did not look hot at all.
As for the goofy speech, you can bet that probably only about 10% of the people there could understand what he was saying.
All in all, his crew has to chalk it up as a missed opportunity.
In the days of Reagan and JFK, this was a proud nation. Now, we hang our head in shame, knowing that our country is no longer a free country and half of the voting people of this country are now very, very low information voters. They would not even know who the Vice President of this country is. The only think they know is how to sign up for food stamps and welfare -----and how to vote for the person who will give that to them. That is their only interest in their existence. We have no country anymore -- it is a slum bed for people who care for nothing except how to beg for handouts. The sad thing is, there is NO going back. We can never change them to think otherwise. We are doomed......
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