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Transcript of Obama’s Speech in Berlin
The Wall Street Journal ^ | June 19, 2013 | White House Speech-writers

Posted on 06/19/2013 8:34:48 AM PDT by MrChips

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Hello, Berlin! (Applause.) Thank you, Chancellor Merkel, for your leadership, your friendship, and the example of your life — from a child of the East to the leader of a free and united Germany.

As I’ve said, Angela and I don’t exactly look like previous German and American leaders. But the fact that we can stand here today, along the fault line where a city was divided, speaks to an eternal truth: No wall can stand against the yearning of justice, the yearnings for freedom, the yearnings for peace that burns in the human heart. (Applause.)

Mayor Wowereit, distinguished guests, and especially the people of Berlin and of Germany — thank you for this extraordinarily warm welcome. In fact, it’s so warm and I feel so good that I’m actually going to take off my jacket, and anybody else who wants to, feel free to. (Applause.) We can be a little more informal among friends. (Applause.)

As your Chancellor mentioned, five years ago I had the privilege to address this city as senator. Today, I’m proud to return as President of the United States. (Applause.) And I bring with me the enduring friendship of the American people, as well as my wife, Michelle, and Malia and Sasha. (Applause.) You may notice that they’re not here. The last thing they want to do is to listen to another speech from me. (Laughter.) So they’re out experiencing the beauty and the history of Berlin. And this history speaks to us today.

Here, for thousands of years, the people of this land have journeyed from tribe to principality to nation-state; through Reformation and Enlightenment, renowned as a “land of poets and thinkers,” among them Immanuel Kant, who taught us that freedom is. . . .” (continued)

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TOPICS: History; Humor; Society
KEYWORDS: berlinspeech; brandenburgspeech; obamaspeech; obamaspeechberlin
Word search: He mentioned "Kennedy" four times. He did not mention "Reagan" at all . . . That would be President Reagan, the first person actually to negotiate a reduction in nuclear arms.
1 posted on 06/19/2013 8:34:48 AM PDT by MrChips
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To: MrChips

“Ich bin ein Kenyan.”


2 posted on 06/19/2013 8:36:45 AM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Support Free Republic!)
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To: MrChips
There was one VERY ODD MOMENT in the speech. After mentioning the wall several times, he used it metaphorically to represent the walls between people everywhere, but, at one point . . . and perhaps this was just poor writing . . . he used the world wall in this sentence: "That’s what makes us who we are, and that’s what makes us different from those on the other side of the wall." This remark came seven full paragraphs after the metaphorical use of the word "wall" and thus, sounded like he was talking about the real wall, as if it still existed. And the irony is, he was speaking on the East Berlin side of the gate. Almost a Freudian slip, as if saying "Ich Bin ein Communist."
3 posted on 06/19/2013 8:37:07 AM PDT by MrChips (MrChips)
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To: MrChips

I think that Obama can only mention Democrat presidents when talking about past presidents and what they had done.

Republican presidents can only be mentioned if the intent is to criticize them.


4 posted on 06/19/2013 8:37:30 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: MrChips
...and remember, ignore those voices that tell you 'tyranny is right around the corner'!
5 posted on 06/19/2013 8:42:41 AM PDT by schm0e ("we are in the midst of a coup.")
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To: MrChips

Ich bin ein muslim made a total fool of himself. He removed his jacket and proceeded to act like a rock star, not a president. You can clearly see he should have remained a community organizer. His attempt to channel Reagan and Kennedy were just another failure in a LONG line of failures.

He’s a joke with no punchline!


6 posted on 06/19/2013 8:45:17 AM PDT by mardi59 (IMPEACH OBAMA NOW!!!!!)
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To: MrChips
“Ich bin ein Douchebagger”

“Mr Putin...Rebuild this wall”


7 posted on 06/19/2013 8:47:59 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: MrChips

Ich bin ein bull sh*tter.


8 posted on 06/19/2013 8:49:37 AM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: MrChips
BE QUIET, I'm channeling Alinsky!!
9 posted on 06/19/2013 8:54:42 AM PDT by mardi59 (IMPEACH OBAMA NOW!!!!!)
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To: MrChips

As I’ve said, Angela and I don’t exactly look like previous German and American leaders

What a puny man.

Still not comfortable in his own skin after shaving it for some 40 years and looking at in the mirror for 50+.

Sad, sad, sad.

Usually by middle you accept yourself.


10 posted on 06/19/2013 8:55:41 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Vaquero

11 posted on 06/19/2013 9:01:09 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: MrChips
He may not look the same, but there are similarities...


12 posted on 06/19/2013 9:02:56 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: MrChips

You guys need to cut him some slack. The sun was in his eyes. At least that’s what Chris Matthews said. :-D


13 posted on 06/19/2013 9:03:34 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: MrChips

Obviously written by a speech writer and read off a teleprompter.

I don’t care what this phoney fraud says.


14 posted on 06/19/2013 9:04:41 AM PDT by I want the USA back (If I Pi$$ed off just one liberal today my mission has been accomplished.)
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To: Vaquero

There has been only one other tyrant in history whose picture I have seen of which Obama’s arrogant pose reminds me. That man was Benito Mussolini - IL DUCE [in this pose it is amended - IL DOUCHE]


15 posted on 06/19/2013 9:18:08 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: MrChips
As I’ve said, Angela and I don’t exactly look like previous German and American leaders. [...]

What an ass-hat, playing the race card on foreign soil like that.
As long as he's on German soil he should be comparing himself to Sgt Schultz, since he knows nothing about anything happening at the IRS or in Benghazi or with wiretapping....

16 posted on 06/19/2013 9:22:59 AM PDT by YankeeReb (Freedom and equality are sworn and everlasting enemies, when one prevails the other dies.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Ich bin ein dumbkopf.


17 posted on 06/19/2013 9:46:22 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: Gaffer

18 posted on 06/19/2013 9:46:55 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: cuban leaf

“They said someday you’ll find
Reflected light can blind
So, when your eye’s on fire
You must realize
Sun gets in your eyes...”


19 posted on 06/19/2013 10:14:14 AM PDT by mikrofon (TOTUS' Great Moments)
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To: MrChips

Could have saved a lot of money. Put the speech on a thumb drive with a NSA welcome page. Have a local pass it out to interested Germans.


20 posted on 06/19/2013 10:29:29 AM PDT by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the Occupation Media.)
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To: MrChips

Ich bin ein scheiss-esser.


21 posted on 06/19/2013 10:41:46 AM PDT by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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