Skip to comments.Merkel warns Obama not to use landmark for 'electioneering'
Posted on 07/09/2008 12:26:12 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
BERLIN (AFP) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel has slammed a request by Barack Obama to give a speech this month before the Brandenburg Gate as inappropriate, her deputy spokesman said Wednesday.
The conservative leader said that while she would be pleased to meet the US Democratic presidential hopeful, it would be wrong for him to hold a "campaign rally" at the historic symbol of German unity.
"It is unusual to do electioneering abroad," spokesman Thomas Steg told reporters.
"It is unusual to hold election rallies abroad. No German candidate for high office would even think of using the National Mall (in Washington) or Red Square in Moscow for a rally because it would not be seen as appropriate."
Authorities in the capital have confirmed that Obama plans to visit Berlin on July 24 and is interested in speaking at the foot of the Brandenburg Gate.
The left-leaning government of the city-state, which has the sole right to approve such a request, has not yet made a formal decision but Mayor Klaus Wowereit gave his backing Tuesday.
Steg said Merkel had "limited understanding" for such a request and found the Obama team's initiative "a bit odd". But he said it was up to candidates such as Obama to decide what was "in good taste".
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B. Hussein Obama is a buffoon.
Nuremberg *would* be a better fit for him.
Ich bin ein Scheisskopf.
Maybe he could grow a toothbrush mustache between now and then and work on his raised arm salute.
Ich bin ein Scheisskopf.
And Kopf is head.
More demonstrative than calling someone a dumbkopf.
He's an affirmative action idiot. Who can't even fathom how it would be for a Japanese politician to campaign at Gettysburg memorial, Arizona memorial or Iwo Jima monument.....
The funny thing is that he's GOT to be smart cause of course he went to HARVARD. We know that you're a genius to go there... just ask them.
I guess he’s too busy campaigning in Europe to go to Iraq.
But unless right of center Americans get over their funk the haloed one WILL BE the 44th POTUS, and by 2011 he WILL control all three branches of government. Then the so called working Americans, read that as consumers of taxpayer largesse, will continually vote en masse to preserve their rice bowl. By 2016 the New Deal and Great Society programs will look like something designed by Barry Goldwater in comparison to the the haloed one's America.
Silly me. I knew that. LOL Thanks.
American liberals have no shame. They used Paul Wellstone’s funeral as a political rally, so this is par for the course if you are a stinking liberal (redundant).
Obummer wants his John Kennedy momment. He doesn’t realize that Kennedy went there as President and made comments in support of the German people. Obummer wants to make comments to support himself.
That was my thought. He wants to go there and ala JFK, proclaim himself a donut.
The guy is desparate for some stature, and doesn’t realize it comes with time. He’s an empty suit, and he knows it better than we do.
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