Skip to comments.Obama Draws Criticism for Sitting Out Berlin Wall Anniversary
Posted on 11/08/2009 2:09:26 PM PST by Steelfish
November 08, 2009
Obama Draws Criticism for Sitting Out Berlin Wall Anniversary
The president does not plan to travel to Germany to attend the 20th anniversary celebration Monday of the fall of the Berlin Wall, drawing heated criticism from those who say he's ignoring a shining triumph of American-inspired democracy.
President Obama squeezed in a trip to Copenhagen last month to lobby, unsuccessfully, for Chicago to host the 2016 Summer Olympics. He plans to travel to Oslo next month to accept the Nobel Peace Prize, an award that even Obama has said he does not deserve. And this coming week, he sets out on a weeklong tour of Asia.
But the president does not plan to travel to Germany to attend the 20th anniversary celebration Monday of the fall of the Berlin Wall, drawing heated criticism from those who say he's ignoring a shining triumph of American-inspired democracy.
"A tragedy," is how former House Speaker Newt Gingrich described Obama's absence.
Some question whether the decision not to go was a nod to Russia, with which the Obama administration is trying to mend relations, or just another attempt to play down the perception of the United States as an exceptional superpower.
For its part, the administration is citing a scheduling conflict. The White House says the president simply does not have the time to go, with the trip to Asia starting Wednesday.
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... hes ignoring a shining triumph of American-inspired democracy.
He isnt ignoring it...he hated seeing communism fail...
I’m not. The Soviet model is what the Obamanistas are shooting for.
He’d have a hard time apologizing for America’s role in that one. No good photo-ops—no use in going.
He’s not worthy of attending. Better he stay home. Wherever “home” is, that is.
He was too busy. Gloating and playing b-ball.
TRAGEDY??? That's what you call this, Newt, you suckup schmuck? This is not a "tragedy", it's a perfect example of his narcissism, communist beliefs, and anti-American upbringing. Try "he's flipping the finger at everyone who died trying to free Eastern Europe" Try "it's a slap in the face to anyone who lived in that hellhole." Even a tepid "it shows a disgraceful lack of understanding about the historical importance of the event."
A tragedy. KMA, Newt.
Why be surprised?
The fall of the Berlin Wall was an American/Reagan/Republican triumph over communism.
Why on Earth would Obama want to recognize that?
Hey Newt, if Obama is making a mistake... let him!
Prior to that Jack-@ss Jimmy Carter, a lot of Democrats participated in the Cold War. Gotta give Truman & JFK their props.
I didn’t think that this marxist would go to ceremonies that commemorated the end of marxism in East Germany.
No surprise he’s gonna be busy with some shoutouts.
I keep forgetting the /sarc,sorry.