Barry at the Gate. He's not wanted.

Angie Merkel: "Nein!"

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel does not want Obama to speak at the Brandenburg Gate.

Earlier, I had whined, as is my recurrent wont, about Barack Obama's strangely arrogant desire to speak at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate when he visits Europe later this year. That Gate, when it was metaphorically closed, was the scene of one of the modern world's historic speeches, when Ronald Reagan challenged Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev to open the gate and to "tear down this wall!" Now, Barry wants to invite the requisite Reagan-comparisons by talking HopeChangeHope at a place where the world's reality changed. What a lightweight!

Well, this is apparently getting some bad air in Germany these days.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she opposes the idea, referring to the highly symbolic landmark as an “inappropriate” setting for a speech linked to a domestic American political campaign.

And, as Politico.com reports in the same peace, an anonymous "American in Berlin with high-ranking diplomatic experience" describes:

“If he comes here, and does something like [speak at Brandenburg] against the wishes of the head of Germany’s government, he could be seen as somewhat arrogant, as presumptuous, that he disregarded her wishes and went ahead to do this anyway,” said another American in Berlin advising the German government on the matter.

Barry says he wants his foreign policy to be based on folding to the whims of foreign governments, though he phrases it differently. His politics of personal appeasement would be on shaky ground if he were to try to play Reagan in a TV event at the scene of one of Reagan's greatest symbolic triumphs.

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For a reaction to this, the web site communicated with a nameless "Democratic official":

“Obviously Brandenburg is the sexiest option,” the official said, but it would “undermine the message that Obama can work with U.S. allies and offers McCain evidence of Obama’s diplomatic inexperience.”

The Democratic official also said that wherever Obama speaks, “it will be probably the biggest pure campaign event ever held outside the United States” and that it would be “absolutely significant” because it’s taking “campaigning to a public gathering overseas.”

("The Gate's too sexy for Obama, too sexy for Obama.")
Just not the Brandenburg Gate; rather, Obama wants to be able to claim to American voters that he has a beloved and adored figure internationally. A standing ovation with raised right hands in Germany will certainly help in that regard; just as such a speech in an American stadium would prove that he has this nation in thrall.

The leadership of the Democrat expats in Berlin seems to get it:

Michael Stelzer, the head of Democrats Abroad in Berlin, said in German that “Germany is Obamaland.” But he added that Merkel’s position on Obama’s coming visit is understandable.

“She doesn’t want to mingle inside American election politics. I can respect her position because up to now only heads of state have spoken before the Brandenburg Gate and here is someone who has not even been selected the nominee yet."

At least Stelzer has a name. Not so for this anonymous German foreign ministry official:

“The Brandenburg Gate is too important to also misuse it for internal American affairs,” the German official continued.

This means exactly that the German government believes that Barack Obama seeks to misuse the Brandenburg Gate for internal American affairs. And he does. (Or perhaps he does not. This could have been Axelrod's idea; in which case, this would not be the Axelrod whom Barry has known, and the Obama bus can seek its next victim.)

Either way, we can expect similar imagery from Barry's foreign gallivanting this year. The campaign wants us to believe that Obama is not only post-partisan, but post-international hostilities. We are to believe that Obama, and by extension the United States, will be beloved across the world, bringing a, say, 1,000-year era of global peace and prosperity.

We know that the world does not work in that way, but Barry I think is talented enough to cloud plenty of minds with the uber-narrative. Words can be as opiates. Deep down, though, American voters of all sorts have typically and historically mistrusted all brands of politicians, save one, and Barack Obama is no Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Senator Obama, go there to that Gate. Barry, speak to that Gate. Mr. Obama, the wall is already down. You are too late for history.

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That wall was protecting the East Berliners from the evils of capitalism. Only Barry is brave enough to bring back the wall!

Have you added to the population of the McCain 2008 minicity yet today?

I drive a car powered by hydrogen - C8H18 to be exact.

That's the PR.

In truth, the wall was to keep the East Berlin folks from leaving Communism.

But, since when have Communists been truthful?

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for West Berlin street artists and taggers. It also served as an ironic Bohemian backdrop for all of the artistes who chose to dwell nearby. They were quite irritated when we came into their alleys with our hammers and cameras and turned Checkpoint Charlie into a Disney ride.

No doubt they would be just as infuriated to see Tinkerbell Obama zip-line down from the top of the Brandenburg Gate amidst fireworks.

would be with Reagan and not JFK who made his famous "ich ban ein berliner" at the B. Gate ( the comparison that most 3 rd party people are making).

"Nothing works like freedom, Nothing succeeds like liberty"
Kyle

Let us advocate McCain campaign to do the total 180 of Obama. S

1. Meaningful activities during convention. Instead of pompous ceremony at St. Paul, do worthwhile exhibits focusin on free assistance on mortgage (maybe voluntee lawyers), renewable and oil technology exhibits and promo, support activities for vets, testimonies on safety for guns, and so on.

2. Low spending. MSM will surely highlight the rallies and possibly riots being prepared by Anti-War movement during the convention. NOT ON THE good points of the convention. IN SHORT: NO REASON TO SPEND TOO MUCH.

3. Use the money on meaningful campaign activities. More meetings, support to local candidates' activities, materials/brochures on Obama's gaffes and communist ties.

McCain should never do the long speeches of Obama. Instead, short speech, but impromptu, focusing on positive issues. McCain never exhaust his energy on attacking Obama. Let others do that for him.

Wasn't JFK suffering from chronic pain (which his handlers hid from the people, if I remember correctly)? As someone who has been on prescription opiates for years, I too am addicted to drugs. Most people with chronic pain are. I'm not sure it's necessarily something to use as a derogatory term. Then again, I don't know that much about the man. Is there any data that JFK was a *recreational* drug addict?

Now, as for the womanizer bit, well, last I checked you can't get a prescription for "Two floozies, twice a day"

He ran on being a war hero. If he were in pain from the war, there'd be nothing to hide.

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Uh, he actually was a war hero, as much as anyone who commanded a PT Boat which was sliced in half by a Jap Destroyer and then helped save his crew was a hero..

and yes, I think even in 1961 there was probably something about letting the Commies know you are addicted to painkillers from a dislocated disk in your spine which might have been a tad risky..

"Small town folks get bitter after which they cling to guns or religion, or antipathy to people who aren't like them, or anti-immigrant sentiment"- Barack Carter Obama

And I didn't say he wasn't a war hero. I said he ran on it. How does saying he ran on it equate with disputing that?

Sheesh.

My point is that there was no risk for him letting the public know if he had chronic problems stemming from war injuries.

But that's just it. IF he had problems stemming from war injuries, it's one thing. But if what he was dealing with was merely a problem of will, such as that also faced by Rush Limbaugh a few years back, then that's another matter.

So I'm skeptical that his drugs for "pain" really were for that purpose.

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the MSM knew things about President Kennedy and his philandering nature, but thought it was private. Today, the MSM would never carry water for a president or a presidential candidate by spiking stories about drug, or alleged drug use.

Today you would never see the MSM carry the water for a president, suggesting that everyone does it, or that what a president does in the privacy of the oval office is "just about sex."

everything is different today

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If this is just massive tongue-in-cheek or a serious statement.

The MSM could catch Obama snorting straight Oxycontin and would have a poll out by the end of the day showing that 92% of Americans have inhaled something or another through their nose at some point in their lives, even if they had to skew the questions to include things such as pool water, pixie sticks, Afrin, etc.

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Kyle

You don't know how to get a prescription for that? I'm so sorry.

Ah, man, if i EVER run for any office, even local dog-catcher, I am DEAD after even the most cursory of background checks.

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I just searched news articles on google for Brandenburg and Obama. The first hit mentioned Reagans and not JFK. Would you mind telling me who "most 3 rd party people" are? And is it really such a majority that thinking of Reagan's speech first was just "cute"

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/07/11/europe/EU-Germany-US-Obama-Vis...

Kennedy's speech indicating that he was a German pastry was one thing, perhaps the obvious comparison for the idle chatterers, but the Reagan comparison is more important. Obama wants to be seen as the figure who can end history, as the first President Bush put it, although the fact is that if that history were ended, it was Reagan who did it.

Get it? Obama wants to be seen as the first truly post-Soviet candidate.

Why are these other folks making the Kennedy comparison? Other than the Camelot bit, I don't see it.

"Nothing works like freedom, Nothing succeeds like liberty"
Kyle

Obama wants to see many things.

That's the problem with Obama. What he wants to see are so far from reality that he misses what he ought to see.

Now, Obama is no Reagan. Any calls that he is are silly. Any comparisons between the two are done to stoke the ego of Obama and have no actual basis in reality.

Obama is no JFK. While I think that the JFK was a bit of a slimeball, with heavy mafia connections amongst his family, JFK was not a radical liberal. Comparisons to JFK are mostly done due to the 'I am a jelly donut' screwup, suggesting that Obama might have done something similar.

In truth, I'd take both of those two over Obama, either of them.

And I don't like Kennedy, imagine what that says about Obama.

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Also, IIRC, JFK's German phrase was criticized as grammatically incorrect. the use of the article "ein" made the phrase translate as "I am a Berliner (a kind of pastry)". To identify with the city itself, in German, you drop the article - I AM Berliner!

Granted, it has been about a decade, but what I remember from German classes is that you don't say "I am a" when discussing where you live, but you say "I come from"

"Ich komme aus Berliner" would be more accurate per what I remember learning.

But, again, it has been over a Decade.
And I never went to Germany.

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yes, as a McCain supporter, i do think Obama is more like JFK than Reagan! By the way, i didnt notice your anti drugs zeal coming to the fore when it came to bush's drug allegations ;)

Troll intentions really become obvious when you don't understand how to use the formatting of the site.

It's not magic that on every other post people's responses are directly below the one they plan on responding to.

"Nothing works like freedom, Nothing succeeds like liberty"
Kyle

Redstate has apparently fallen so far that the A-Team trolls are going elsewhere.

Sad really, that this is the best that the left can trot out... must be that Soros funding is running out

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I am a long time republican, but center right rather than rabid right. We clearly both want McCain to win,so lets chill, M'kay?

in your lexicon. Thus far, you have not distinguished yourself with "clearly."

Time will tell. At the moment you come off as a very bad troll.

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just a little riled up and worried about the whole fannae mae and mac debacle .

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being a bitter white guy, clinging to guns and religion?

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and it just so happens, conservative principles gave rise to the "Class of '94" and a Republican majority in both houses of congress.

The 2006 mid-terms were the result of the GOP's failure to adhere to conservative principles.

Conservatism wins elections.

There's no other logical reason for a Democratic candidate to "move to the right."

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“Well, the trouble with our liberal friends is not that they are ignorant, but that they know so much that isn't so.” – Ronald Reagan

Yes, I know.

That was the joke.

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I was just curious to see why Everton was so quick to eschew the holders of conservative principles.

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I'm confused. You're a new poster, you support McCain, but you come here in order to defend Obama and attack Bush?

I suggest you slow down in your RS posting, and take more time to read and get acquainted with the community, before you do that any further.

Ease into the site. And yes, gain some credibility before you start defending that two-bit fraud Obama.

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I stand both partially corrected vis a vis your google research and informed re: the fucntioning of this site. Yes, i am not used to posting here, but have been a regular reader for a year or so.

I didn't mean to defend Obama!!. When i said i think that obama is more like JFK than reagan i meant that has a negative statement not positive!!

Well, then maybe you shouldn't have been condescending to Mark Kilmer and to David Hinz as you have.

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Have you added to the population of the McCain 2008 minicity yet today?

I drive a car powered by hydrogen - C8H18 to be exact.

erp

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I wish I could take credit for thinking of it, but I read it in the comments at lucianne.com

make this scene WELL worth the price of admission for me.

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“absolutely significant” because it’s taking “campaigning to a public gathering overseas.”

I'm sure Obama is also for the idea that all the people of the world should be allowed to vote for US Pres.

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Eh, remember that McCain held a fundraiser in London.

The idea was that it was for US Citizens Living Abroad... but that fact will be quickly lost on the Left.

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