Skip to comments.Barack Obama bombs in Berlin: a weak, underwhelming address from a floundering president
Posted on 06/21/2013 7:17:20 AM PDT by w4women
When John F. Kennedy delivered his Ich Bin Ein Berliner speech in front of the Schöneberg Rathaus on June 26, 1963, 450,000 people flocked to hear him. Fifty years later a far more subdued invitation-only crowd of 4,500 showed up to hear Barack Obama speak at the same location in Berlin. As The National Journal noted, he didnt come away with much, winning just a smattering of applause from a crowd that was one-hundredth the size of JFKs, and far smaller than the 200,000 boisterous Germans who had listened to his 2008 address as a presidential candidate. JFK had a clear message when he came to Berlin a half century ago the free world must stand up to Communist tyranny. 24 years later, President Reagan stood in the same spot famously calling on the Soviets to tear down this wall.
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“Oh, how the mighty are fallen.”
All I can say is WOW. Finally someone in the British press exposes Obama for the empty suit he is.
When there is beer and a free rock concert, crowds will tend to be much larger and boisterous.
....Completely missing from Obamas address was a call for the West to stand up to the rising threat of [i]slamist militancy, the defence of Christians facing huge levels of persecution and intimidation in the Middle East...
Of course this was missing! obama supports islamic supremacism and muslim persecution of Christians!!!!
Given my intense dislike for nobama and those around him, I really hate to write this, but:
The crowd size remarks are very unfair as this latest speech was invitation only.
One bright spot is that the crowd was estimated at 4500. Interesting, since AIR, 6000 tickets were available.
Ich ben ein bratwurst...
There hasn’t been a bomb like that in Berlin, since May 1945.
Nile Gardiner ping!
Obama should be forced to resign from office or impeached....he is just plain useless and anti-American!!!
Kennedy (well, relatively so, anyway) and Reagan (most definitely) stood in the shadow of the Berlin Wall and called for freedom. Obama stands on the east side of the Brandenburg Gate and mumbles some sh*t about global warming.
The might have indeed fallen.
He was there to get tips from ex-Stasi agents.
Goes to show that even the Germans view Obama as so “yesterday”.
The Europeans (read Germans) saw a fool standing before them naked while trying to give himself significance. They know we have a cartoon running the regime. Possibly, they were at first amused by the fool, then the reality of the danger such a fool represents as he is also cic of the most powerful military machine on earth, albeit the fool is trying to transform/change that, too.
He should have brought back his Greek columns. That would’a done it.
That, and the free beer and rock bands.
It seems that FReepers as well as the media have short memories. We ALL poo-pooed the crowd size in '08 because of the concert. To use the drop in attendance to illustrate Zer0's waning popularity is intellectually dishonest.
Forced to speak from behind a barrier, intense heat makes him sweat, bright sun makes teleprompter unreadable, forced to read vapid words penned by others...poor Barry just can’t catch a break.
We heard a replay of some of his “I’m gonna stop the oceans from rising” diatribe yesterday. OMG! We were stunned to say the least. I guess the Germans don’t have access to fact check. Or the fact that they were invitees makes me believe they wouldn’t check anyway and just swallowed it all hook, line and sinker. This almost trumps algorezeeras normal screed about the threat to mankind. Holy boatload of manure. Surprised every day even though we thought we’d heard everything. Guess not.
Yes, the voices of reason seem to be getting louder - finally. I've noticed that the Obamabots appear a lot less on public forums to toot their horns than even a year ago. Who cannot see that it's shameful to defend this Corrupter-in-Chief?
The article mentioned it was an invitation-only crowd.
More people are discovering that the Emperor has no clothes . . .
Ich ben ein doofus
The Brussels Bureaucrat -
Delicious . . .
Maybe the clothing is in the closet - like him
If it was invitation only and he was among “friends” that makes it even worse as he only received a lukewarm response and a smattering of applause from his audience; they didn’t seem too enamored of him...
..and with his Thug-stocracy in place an “invite” may mean mandatory attendance-—or else!
He is only floundering if Obamacare is killed. Otherwise he has accomplished what Hitler couldn’t.
Mmmmm, lame-duck flopsweat ........
Ya, but Chris Mathews said the sun got in his eyes, and that’s why his speech was so lackluster.
Why is there always an excuse with this president? In the Denver debate, the liberal media excuse was the altitude and jet lag. On numerous issues, the ongoing excuse is that he inherited problems from the Bush administration. There is always some excuse for this president, per the liberals.
The crowd size remarks are very unfair as this latest speech was invitation only."
Yes, Obama has a cover story to explain the poor turnout. Let's go a step further now and ask why such a major address was "invitation only"?
Perhaps his German hosts suggested there could be trouble with the crowd (protests, hecklers) unless it was strictly controlled? Regardless of the reason, the small crowd tells us what we need to know - Obama is not very popular in Berlin, and has made a precipitous decline in the eyes of the Germans since his visit five years ago.
Now things are different, and the media is guilty of its own flavor of intellectual dishonesty by just shrugging and saying, "Of course the crowd is small: no free beer this time; it's no reflection on Obama, of course."
Both sides need to maintain their intellectual honesty. I'm pretty sure most Conservatives can fess up and say "Yeah, maybe I'm being a little inconsistent on this." But the media? Does anyone see them saying "We were drinking kool-aid in 2008, but we now realize that this guy is basically a phony"? I don't see it. I think the media is perfectly comfortable with its double-standard: Maybe 2008 is not like 2013, but the main thing is that Obama is still the greatest American ever.
He needs to stop worrying about the world and worry about America.
He's not an American though so no surprizes here.
Yes, the comments are good. the worst epithet they can throw at the author is that he sounds like Fox News. That one lonely news channel drives them into fits.
How so? I think most conservatives knew that Obama was a Marxist, Kenyan, anti-American, empty-suit sack of s**t then, and they still know it now.
Heh. I know what a prog would say to that: "He is *not* an 'empty-suit!'"
Oh yeah, I hold out no hope that and American journalist might lambaste Obama and expose him as a fraud.
I have read that the actual translation of JFK's quote is, "I am a jelly donut." Obama's speech required many more tortuous platitudes to say pretty much the same thing.
He's still a communist dicktator imposing fascism on America.
Goody! Thanks for the ping! Love that guy!