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Barack Obama’s shameful absence from Berlin: Four Key Reasons why the President stayed away
Telegraph Blogs (U.K.) ^ | November 9, 2009 | Nile Gardiner

Posted on 11/09/2009 9:23:16 AM PST by Schnucki

Barack Obama was quick off the mark last year in heading for Berlin during his election campaign, when he was cheered by a crowd of 200,000 adoring Germans. Yet as president of the United States he has decided to stay away from Berlin as the city commemorates the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. In contrast, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown have both made the trip to Germany, while Obama has decided to send his Secretary of State.

It is shameful when the US president can’t even be bothered to show up at a ceremony marking one of the most momentous events of modern times. As Rich Lowry wrote in his column for National Review, “Obama’s failure to go to Berlin is the most telling nonevent of his presidency.” Newt Gingrich put it well when he described Obama’s foolhardy decision as “a tragedy”. Writing in The Washington Examiner, Gingrich declared:

“To commemorate, after all, is to remember. And Americans need to remember, not just that the Wall fell, but why it fell. We need to remember that the Berlin Wall was the symbol of more than just the Cold War, more than just the division of Europe. It was the symbol of an evil ideology that denied human dignity, denied truth, and respected only power. When the Wall fell, truth and human dignity, in a rare moment in the 20th century, triumphed over power. But that victory is not permanent.”

In my view, Obama’s absence from Berlin today can be explained by four key factors:

1/ Obama is uncomfortable with the idea of American greatness

The fall of the Berlin Wall was the direct result of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher’s determination to confront and defeat Soviet communism. Obama is distinctly uncomfortable

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TOPICS: Politics
KEYWORDS: agenda; barackhusseinobama; berlin; bho44; bhofascism; democrats; fubo; obama

1 posted on 11/09/2009 9:23:17 AM PST by Schnucki
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To: Schnucki

5th key reason Obama statyed away—it wasn’t about him.


2 posted on 11/09/2009 9:24:37 AM PST by MissesBush
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To: Schnucki

#1 reason = It’s not about him.


3 posted on 11/09/2009 9:25:20 AM PST by tractorman
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To: MissesBush

You beat me to it, and it is the MAIN reason!!!


4 posted on 11/09/2009 9:26:20 AM PST by SMARTY ("What luck for rulers that men do not think. " Adolph Hitler)
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To: MissesBush

Hey, that was gonna be my comment!


5 posted on 11/09/2009 9:26:39 AM PST by gussiefinknottle (woof!woof!woof!)
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To: Schnucki

Would you really want this fool to go over to Europe for any reason? He would only find a way to give away more of
our liberties or tax funds somehow.


6 posted on 11/09/2009 9:27:48 AM PST by 1776 Reborn
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To: Schnucki

“In my view, Obama’s absence from Berlin today can be explained by four key factors:”

1. It’s not about him.
2. It’s not about him.
3. It’s not about him.
4. It’s not about him.


7 posted on 11/09/2009 9:28:47 AM PST by Batman11 (Obama will dispatch skittle $hitting unicorns around the world to bring peace and prosperity to all!)
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To: Schnucki

1) American exceptionalism.
2) Barry is an idiot.
3) Barry is an idiot.
4) American exceptionalism.


8 posted on 11/09/2009 9:31:36 AM PST by cranked
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To: Schnucki

Did he have someone else attend in his place?


9 posted on 11/09/2009 9:32:18 AM PST by nikos1121 (Praying for -16.)
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To: Batman11
Barry cowers in the Gipper’s shadow.
10 posted on 11/09/2009 9:32:34 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Schnucki

The only history he knows or is even concerned about is muslim.


11 posted on 11/09/2009 9:34:10 AM PST by Kakaze (Exterminate Islamofacism and apologize for nothing.....except not doing it sooner!)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Barry cowers in the GEICO gecko’s shadow.


12 posted on 11/09/2009 9:35:09 AM PST by tgusa (Gun control: deep breath, sight alignment, squeeze the trigger ....)
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To: Schnucki

Linky no worky.


13 posted on 11/09/2009 9:35:28 AM PST by autumnraine (You can't fix stupid, but you can vote it out!)
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To: Schnucki

What Europeans probably didn’t understand about the O is that he doesn’t really know anything about Europe or care anything about Europe. They were a handy cardboard cutout backdrop for him to use when he was trying to show that he was a supposed man of the world, but that was purely for domestic consumption.

He had never been to Berlin before, and will probably never go their again unless they decide to give him some kind of award for his sheer splendidness. Then he might show up.


14 posted on 11/09/2009 9:37:53 AM PST by marron
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To: nikos1121

responding to myself...”Yes, Hillary.”


15 posted on 11/09/2009 9:38:02 AM PST by nikos1121 (Praying for -16.)
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To: Schnucki

I give Obama credit for staying true to his beliefs and not commemorating the fall of the wall. After all, he is a Communist and the fall of the wall was a great tragedy for them. He would be phony to attend the commemoration.


16 posted on 11/09/2009 9:38:14 AM PST by HerrBlucher
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To: MissesBush

Ding-ding, ding! We have a winner!


17 posted on 11/09/2009 9:40:23 AM PST by Mpatl
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To: gussiefinknottle

I had read (heard?) that he was not going to be one of the speakers at the commemoration so decided to stay away. (If in fact he had been asked to speak, I should think the Teleprompter King would not want to be compared with a man who spoke from his heart without a TOTUS in tow).

Let’s see - he can jet to Chicago for pizza, to NY to take in a play, and to Copenhagen to get the Olympics for his slumlord buddies. But he cannot attend the 20-year anniversary of one of the most significant events in the last century?

Jackass. Complete and utter narcissic jackass.


18 posted on 11/09/2009 9:40:58 AM PST by Right Cal Gal (Ronald Reagan: "our liberal friends....know so much that isn't so...")
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To: Schnucki

The reason he didn’t go is because there was nothing in it for him. There is no way he could claim credit for ending communism in Eastern Europe. And it would be the wrong audience for him to claim credit for beginning communism in the US.


19 posted on 11/09/2009 9:42:31 AM PST by Hoodat (For the weapons of our warfare are mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.)
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To: Schnucki; Salamander; Markos33; Slings and Arrows

The REAL reason:

He couldn’t make it to WalMart in time to pick out gifts.


20 posted on 11/09/2009 9:48:09 AM PST by shibumi (" ..... then we will fight in the shade.")
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To: Schnucki

Recently, a woman called Rush with her reason. She said, O was denied speaking before the Brandenburg Gate in the past, as it was reserved for those who had accomplished something — and he hadn’t done so at that point. So — he is paying them back by not gracing them with his “presence”.


21 posted on 11/09/2009 9:54:31 AM PST by Exit148 (Loose Change Founder. A little goes a long way!)
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To: Schnucki

According to Zero, the wrong side one!

Barry hates it when Communists/Socialists lose.


22 posted on 11/09/2009 9:55:00 AM PST by edge10 (Obama lied, babies died!)
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To: Schnucki

5th reason - He couldn’t think of anything he could apologize for (and not get stoned by the crowd)!


23 posted on 11/09/2009 10:01:47 AM PST by In Maryland ("Impromptu Obamanomics is getting scarier by the day ..." - Caroline Baum)
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To: Schnucki

Remember “gravitas”?


24 posted on 11/09/2009 10:08:47 AM PST by WestTexasWend
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To: Right Cal Gal

No regard for Europe, particularly Western Europe. Except
of course, when his wife wants to shop.


25 posted on 11/09/2009 10:12:26 AM PST by gussiefinknottle (woof!woof!woof!)
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To: autumnraine
Apologies! FR can't handle strange some links (it interprets them I guess). I just didn't realize it when I posted.

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/nilegardiner/100016197/barack-obama%E2%80%99s-shameful-absence-from-berlin-four-key-reasons-why-the-president-stayed-away/

26 posted on 11/09/2009 12:39:08 PM PST by Schnucki
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To: shibumi; Schnucki; Markos33; Slings and Arrows

If he stepped onto that hallowed ground of freedom, he’d immediately burst into flame?


27 posted on 11/09/2009 4:42:47 PM PST by Salamander (I'm sure I need some rest but sleepin' don't come very easy in a straight white vest.....)
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