Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Ich Bin Ein Beginner

Barack Obama, the presumptuous Democrat presidential nominee, planned to deliver a speech at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany. Chancellor Angela Merkel was skeptical about allowing a mere nominee to speak at the famed Gate that has been the symbolic backdrop for major foreign policy speeches by sitting US Presidents.

In the 20th Century, the Gate was used by the NAZI party as a state symbol. After the war, people were allowed to pass through the Brandenburg Gate until August 1961 when the Berlin Wall was erected. John Kennedy visited the Gate and though his speech was made elsewhere in Berlin, the Brandenburg Gate and John Kennedy's declaration, "Ich bin ein Berliner!" are inextricably linked. Ronald Reagan spoke at the Gate in 1987 and challenged the Soviet Union, "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!" President Clinton spoke at the Gate in 1994 saying something about peace and love in post-Cold War Europe.

Now Barack Obama wants to shamelessly insinuate himself into the august company of US Presidents who have spoken at or visited the historic sight. His advisers, it seems, have talked him out of speaking at the Gate to avoid comparisons with his betters (ok, maybe not Clinton.) They are considering other Berlin venues.

The Germans were especially annoyed that no requests from the Obama campaign had been made for an event that would have been only a week away. A spectacle of the magnitude required for Barack Obama would rival those of the Nuremberg rallies. The German government simply didn't have the time to make the security arrangements. That the Obama campaign simply believed they could just show up and all would be organized was particularly galling.

Once again, Obama's natural reflexes show his elitist, presumptuous, and entitled sense of self-importance.

Cartoon credit: Michael Ramirez, IBD

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Anonymous said...

He will make a mockery of himself and will most certainly be more of a shame to the US than he already is.

Indigo Red said...

I agree, Layla. Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter should like that 'cuz he'll make them look good.