Skip to comments.Obama loses German hearts and minds ahead of Berlin visit
Posted on 06/18/2013 7:29:19 AM PDT by mandaladon
BERLINWhen 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 presidentI 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, Germanys 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 citys Brandenburg Gatealmost exactly 50 years after John F. Kennedys historic Ich bin ein Berliner addresswill be given to a vetted audience of only a few thousand. And its 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 theres more distance now. Hes been consumed by daily politics, said Fröhlich.
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It’s always hard bumping head first into reality.
No free concert and beer this time around.
I think she meant Daley politics.
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?
Even the countrys 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.
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???
WTH? I thought he was “just” going to Ireland and 3 countries Africa... I guess he’s going for the Grand Tour.
“He was about to become the first black president...”
How is being a skin color an accomplishment, or something to be proud of?
Going to Berlin to get more tips from ex-Stasi agents, no doubt.
Just because they were laughing at us. Not happy for us.
Too bad these scandals didn’t come to light last year , Zero wouldn’t be in the WH today.
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?
My eTranslator says: “Sí, nos exploración.”
Wasn’t there a large, free concert after his first speech/blathering?
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....
Odd that Putin now sounds like the more responsible leader. But I’d take almost anyone for Zero!
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.
Putin, for all his flaws, is at least a patriot.
Because the entire population is dumbed down by Affirmative Action over the decades. Dumber and dumber by the year and incapable of serious thought.
So.... all of that "content of character, not the color of skin" stuff was just so much bullshit, right?
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.
What better place to have a beer summit???
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.
It’s a path that leads to no good.
The way the pieces are being arrayed on the board makes me worry that obama will be this era’s Archduke Ferdinand.
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.
And if Obama is offed, it won’t matter who did it, Right-Wing Conservatives will get the blame.
Oh yeah, that’s a given. We were born guilty in this new world oligarchy.
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 woman
Oh Lord, don’t say that. I hope he and Clinton live forever so I don’t have to endure the outpouring of love.
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.
That’s because anyone who didn’t love Obama was a racist in 2008.
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.
Schools out and time for a family vacay - just like the Griswolds only no humor - just douche chills.
Yep, look what death did for The Kennedys.
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.
They actually did that? Or you think they actually did that?
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.
Also mentioned here:
“Oh, and on July 10th” should be “Oh, and on July 17th”
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.
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.
“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.
Putin at least is a Russian Nationalist... obama is a muslim nationalist for caliphate.