Syndicated Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer (a/k/a “Old Pickle-Puss” around here) has declared that Barack Obama hasn’t “earned” the right to give a speech July 24 in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Germany because Reagan and Kennedy were much greater when they did it. After the Germans expressed ambivalence for the idea, Obama obligingly moved to the Victory Column in Berlin’s Tiergarten Park.
I suppose that now makes Obama a flip-flopper.
It seems Krauthammer would be happiest if Obama spoke at a truck stop on the Autobahn or, even better, just rolled over and played dead.
I would agree with him that Obama (or any other candidate) campaigning in Europe is as strange as Angela Merkel, Nicolas Sarkozy, or Gordon Brown doing the same here. Except that nobody’s looking to Germany, France, or England for the answers (and money) to solve all mankind’s problems.
After we’ve allowed an idiot to spend 8 years inflicting pain en masse and calling it “democracy” – including eavesdropping, arrest without charges, torture, and death – Obama knows everyone’s watching our next move and wants them on his side.
Gee, what a dumb way for someone vying for the most influential job in the world to think. Obama’s very popular overseas, and it’s the prospect of more photos like this undoubtedly fueling it:
Old Pickle-Puss would rather elect John McCain, who must pretend to be a Bush-lover to keep his party’s clueless lunatic fringe happy, to a vibrant, articulate newcomer who’s unafraid to step onto the world stage, even though he hasn’t spent decades hanging around Congress learning how to do nothing but get re-elected. Instead of playing it safe, Obama’s willing to promise the world that he’ll do his best to clean up the messes we’ve made – and adjust his plans as necessary.
I don’t see what’s wrong with that.