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Obama loses German hearts and minds ahead of Berlin visit
Yahoo News ^ | 18 Jun 2013 | Marc Young

Posted on 06/18/2013 7:29:19 AM PDT by mandaladon

BERLIN—When Barack Obama last visited Berlin back in 2008, Constanze Fröhlich felt like she was part of history. “He was about to become the first black president—I wanted to support that,” the 35-year-old university researcher told Yahoo News. “It was really amazing so many people were there.” Back then, in a surprising outpouring of Teutonic affection for Obama, a euphoric crowd of 200,000 turned up to hear the Democratic presidential contender speak in the German capital. “People of the world: Look at Berlin, where a wall came down, a continent came together, and history proved that there is no challenge too great for a world that stands as one,” he told the rapturous masses. “This city, of all cities, knows the dream of freedom.” But five years later, Germany’s love affair with the U.S. president has gone cold. Obama can still expect Chancellor Angela Merkel to give him a grand reception on his official two-day visit. But his high-profile speech on Wednesday in front of the city’s Brandenburg Gate—almost exactly 50 years after John F. Kennedy’s historic “Ich bin ein Berliner” address—will be given to a vetted audience of only a few thousand. And it’s doubtful hundreds of thousands would have turned up to listen to Obama had it been open to the public anyway. Average Germans these days appear at best mildly disillusioned and at worst deeply angry with the man who promised hope and change. “I thought it was great that he became president. But there’s more distance now. He’s been consumed by daily politics,” said Fröhlich.

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Obamadrone photo i-have-a-drone.jpg................Yes, the real Obama is finally becoming known to the world.
1 posted on 06/18/2013 7:29:19 AM PDT by mandaladon
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To: mandaladon

It’s always hard bumping head first into reality.


2 posted on 06/18/2013 7:33:06 AM PDT by Twotone (Marte Et Clypeo)
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To: mandaladon

No free concert and beer this time around.


3 posted on 06/18/2013 7:33:13 AM PDT by Roccus
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To: mandaladon
He’s been consumed by daily politics,” said Fröhlich.

I think she meant Daley politics.

4 posted on 06/18/2013 7:33:20 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (This message has been recorded but not approved by Obama's StasiNet. Read it at your peril.)
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To: mandaladon

Germans could have a Black Muslim president/prime minister. All they have to do is vote for one.

In fact, every European country could do so. Why were they so happy the USA was the first one to do so?


5 posted on 06/18/2013 7:33:32 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: mandaladon
Even the country’s biggest newspaper, Bild, mocked his enthusiastic campaign slogan “Yes we can!” by changing it to “Yes, we scan.”

Can a FReeper who knows translate that into Spanish? Just curious.
6 posted on 06/18/2013 7:34:58 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Twotone

Maybe we can engineer an exchange ala what they used to do in the cold war at check point charlie. We could exchange His Excellency for Putin???


7 posted on 06/18/2013 7:35:19 AM PDT by Mouton (108th MI Group.....68-71)
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To: mandaladon

Schadenfreude.


8 posted on 06/18/2013 7:36:22 AM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: mandaladon

WTH? I thought he was “just” going to Ireland and 3 countries Africa... I guess he’s going for the Grand Tour.


9 posted on 06/18/2013 7:36:47 AM PDT by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: mandaladon

“He was about to become the first black president...”

How is being a skin color an accomplishment, or something to be proud of?


10 posted on 06/18/2013 7:37:16 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: mandaladon

Going to Berlin to get more tips from ex-Stasi agents, no doubt.


11 posted on 06/18/2013 7:37:38 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: txrefugee

Just because they were laughing at us. Not happy for us.


12 posted on 06/18/2013 7:38:16 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: mandaladon

Too bad these scandals didn’t come to light last year , Zero wouldn’t be in the WH today.


13 posted on 06/18/2013 7:41:06 AM PDT by mandaladon (The truth about Benghazi is all I want)
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To: txrefugee

This is why I am extremely distrustful of Europeans as a group. Many of them are statist/leftists/fascists/collectivists. It is part of their DNA.

Remember how they swooned over Obama in 2008? Remember how they mouthed the anti-Bush cliches? Remember how they gave Obama a highly politicized “Nobel Prize” after 2 weeks in office?


14 posted on 06/18/2013 7:42:34 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: 1rudeboy
Incluso el periódico más grande del país, Bild, burlado su lema de campaña entusiasta "¡Sí se puede!" Cambiándola a "Sí, escanear".
15 posted on 06/18/2013 7:43:06 AM PDT by mandaladon (The truth about Benghazi is all I want)
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To: 1rudeboy

My eTranslator says: “Sí, nos exploración.”


16 posted on 06/18/2013 7:43:40 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: mandaladon

Wasn’t there a large, free concert after his first speech/blathering?


17 posted on 06/18/2013 7:43:55 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: mandaladon

We visited Germany/ friends right after Obama was elected. When we got there, we felt liked we’d escaped from a prison. I told our ‘daughter’ - ‘Obama is really a terrible man.’ My husband later heard her say, in German, to her husband, “Don’t talk about politics with them.” We figured they must really like him. I bet they don’t now....


18 posted on 06/18/2013 7:46:59 AM PDT by bboop (does not suffer fools gladly)
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To: 1rudeboy

Si Podemos
Si Escaneamos


19 posted on 06/18/2013 7:47:26 AM PDT by FutureRocketMan (Santorum/Perry or Perry/Santorum 2016)
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To: Mouton

Odd that Putin now sounds like the more responsible leader. But I’d take almost anyone for Zero!


20 posted on 06/18/2013 7:47:52 AM PDT by Twotone (Marte Et Clypeo)
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To: mandaladon
Too bad these scandals didn’t come to light last year , Zero wouldn’t be in the WH today.

Yeah, yeah, yeah. And if google hadn't systematically and deliberately and maliciously "disappeared" over half a million hits on image searches for "obama birth certificate" in mid-July 2008, he might never have occupied in the White House in the first place.

"Don't Be Evil", my butt.

21 posted on 06/18/2013 7:49:39 AM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of opression, and the democrats gleefully use them!)
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To: Twotone

Putin, for all his flaws, is at least a patriot.


22 posted on 06/18/2013 7:51:45 AM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of opression, and the democrats gleefully use them!)
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To: EEGator

Because the entire population is dumbed down by Affirmative Action over the decades. Dumber and dumber by the year and incapable of serious thought.


23 posted on 06/18/2013 7:57:03 AM PDT by wrencher
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To: Twotone
“He was about to become the first black president—I wanted to support that”

So.... all of that "content of character, not the color of skin" stuff was just so much bullshit, right?

24 posted on 06/18/2013 7:58:19 AM PDT by Feckless (I was trained by the US << This Tagline Censored by FR >> ain't that irOnic?)
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To: wrencher

True. I read a good book called The Closing of the American Mind by Allan Bloom. He talks of the loss of critical thought in it.


25 posted on 06/18/2013 8:00:39 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: mandaladon

What better place to have a beer summit???


26 posted on 06/18/2013 8:00:51 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,)
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To: EEGator

Yes, we’ve spent decades compromising on the best & brightest, in preference to race quotas. People now care mostly about what makes them feel good about themselves and logic is rarely applied.


27 posted on 06/18/2013 8:03:59 AM PDT by wrencher
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To: wrencher

It’s a path that leads to no good.


28 posted on 06/18/2013 8:08:41 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: 1rudeboy

Si, escaneamos.


29 posted on 06/18/2013 8:11:38 AM PDT by Kenton
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To: mandaladon

The way the pieces are being arrayed on the board makes me worry that obama will be this era’s Archduke Ferdinand.


30 posted on 06/18/2013 8:14:31 AM PDT by GBA (Here in the Matrix, life is but a dream.)
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To: wrencher
Because the entire population is dumbed down by Affirmative Action over the decades. Dumber and dumber by the year and incapable of serious thought.

Wasn't much better during the 1980 campaign. My German neighbors pleaded with me to vote for Carter, because they were convinced Reagan would start WWIII. Fortunately, my German was conversational, as I was in my 3rd year of residence.

At the gasthauses I frequented, they gave me the opportunity to educate them on American civics/history.

When the American hostages were freed on Inauguration Day, they saw how right I was. Shortly after, I was invited to sit at the stammtisch at the gasthaus in my neighborhood. Back then, that was quite an honor, to be invited to sit at the table reserved for family and close friends of the family.

It didn't hurt that I was one of their best customers. ;)

I often spent 2-3 hours a day there after work, eating dinner and drinking a liter (or two) of Konigsbacher Pils. Not much else to do, as I was too far from base for American TV.

I basically went without TV for over 4 years...didn't mind it a bit.

31 posted on 06/18/2013 8:15:52 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (The Tea Party was the earthquake, and Chick Fil A the tsunami...100's of aftershocks to come.)
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To: GBA

And if Obama is offed, it won’t matter who did it, Right-Wing Conservatives will get the blame.


32 posted on 06/18/2013 8:16:41 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

Oh yeah, that’s a given. We were born guilty in this new world oligarchy.


33 posted on 06/18/2013 8:20:54 AM PDT by GBA (Here in the Matrix, life is but a dream.)
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To: mandaladon
. “He was about to become the first black president—I wanted to support that,”

If people were voting to achieve a "First" then we should have elected Hillary. Unloading a can of black Rust-Oleum on her face would have given us 3 Firsts:

First black
First woman
First black woman

34 posted on 06/18/2013 8:21:12 AM PDT by varon (Down with tyranny)
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To: GBA

Oh Lord, don’t say that. I hope he and Clinton live forever so I don’t have to endure the outpouring of love.


35 posted on 06/18/2013 8:21:53 AM PDT by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
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To: PGR88
This is why I am extremely distrustful of Europeans as a group. Many of them are statist/leftists/fascists/collectivists. It is part of their DNA.

They grew out of feudalism. And THAT was an improvement for them. They are accustomed to their servitude in exchange for social "protection". All of the best minds got out and came here.

36 posted on 06/18/2013 8:22:17 AM PDT by FrdmLvr (culture, language, borders)
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To: bboop

That’s because anyone who didn’t love Obama was a racist in 2008.


37 posted on 06/18/2013 8:22:53 AM PDT by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
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To: txrefugee
Germans could have a Black Muslim president/prime minister. All they have to do is vote for one. In fact, every European country could do so. Why were they so happy the USA was the first one to do so?

They didn't believe he was muslim in the same ways many of their own present-day muslim immigrants which infest their cities are, and they didn't think a black American would be a stealth totalitarian? That, and one and all underestimated the clown's muslim sympathies, mistaking the hopey-changey as their own best intentions towards others, including muslims.

Obama excelled at projecting himself as perfect template upon which those harboring resentments of every stripe (other than U.S. conservative) could project their very own "best intentions". Far too many thought he actually stood for something. He may have, but it wasn't their best intentions.

38 posted on 06/18/2013 8:23:23 AM PDT by BlueDragon (hold on sec...just gittin me swimmin trunks...)
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To: mandaladon

Schools out and time for a family vacay - just like the Griswolds only no humor - just douche chills.


39 posted on 06/18/2013 8:24:23 AM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: AppyPappy

Yep, look what death did for The Kennedys.


40 posted on 06/18/2013 8:26:43 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: mandaladon
"Average Germans these days appear at best mildly disillusioned and at worst deeply angry with the man who promised hope and change."

Like too many Americans, I don't think the Germans have come to terms with what Obama really is. If most had, he'd be met with torches and pitchforks wherever he goes. 47% approval (Gallup) in the US is about 47% higher than Obama objectively deserves.

41 posted on 06/18/2013 8:30:46 AM PDT by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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if google hadn't systematically and deliberately and maliciously "disappeared" over half a million hits on image searches for "obama birth certificate" in mid-July 2008

They actually did that? Or you think they actually did that?

42 posted on 06/18/2013 8:32:21 AM PDT by Veto! (Opinions freely expressed as advice)
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To: Veto!

I watched them do it. I’m one of the early birthers.

That half million figure? That’s mine based on the number of hits on July 10th, vs the number of hits on July 17th.

I also gave running total reports here on FR during that time period, if you care to check. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2045807/posts

Oh, and on July 10th, the hits reported were mostly actually of obama’s birth certificate, straight-up, and analyzed. On the 17th, they were mostly cakes, bowls of fruit, party scenes, diplomas and flattering portraits of obama.


43 posted on 06/18/2013 8:44:06 AM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of opression, and the democrats gleefully use them!)
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To: Veto!

Also mentioned here:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2093764/posts?page=93#93


44 posted on 06/18/2013 8:50:25 AM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of opression, and the democrats gleefully use them!)
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To: Veto!

“Oh, and on July 10th” should be “Oh, and on July 17th”


45 posted on 06/18/2013 8:51:52 AM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of opression, and the democrats gleefully use them!)
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To: Veto!

belay that.


46 posted on 06/18/2013 8:52:41 AM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of opression, and the democrats gleefully use them!)
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To: txrefugee

The Germans knew what obama would do to us... they celebrated our end... but they never expected him to do those things to them... and he has.

LLS


47 posted on 06/18/2013 8:55:40 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: mandaladon

These German morons are unhappy because their newly minted African god turns out to have feet of clay: Obozo isn’t liberal enough for this passel of wanntabe Deutschland commies.


48 posted on 06/18/2013 8:56:28 AM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: PGR88

“This is why I am extremely distrustful of Europeans as a group. Many of them are statist/leftists/fascists/collectivists. It is part of their DNA.”

Yes. I’ve met many Europeans and even the most conservative of the lot would vote for Obama and can’t stand Republicans. They are a good 2 generations ahead of us in terms of their educational and media-based collectivist indoctrination. They are our future.


49 posted on 06/18/2013 8:56:49 AM PDT by BlueStateRightist
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To: Twotone

Putin at least is a Russian Nationalist... obama is a muslim nationalist for caliphate.

LLS


50 posted on 06/18/2013 8:57:22 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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