Monday, July 14, 2008


I have written before about Obama's enlarged ego. His arrogance will be his downfall. You heard it here first. Obama has been making the rounds in this country and has plans to travel Europe as well. They love him why shouldn't he, he is a Euro at heart. While making tentative plans he wanted to give a speech in late July at one of the most famous historical landmarks in Germany called Brandenburg Gate. Let me give you some background about this place. Brandenburg Gate was installed in 1793 and its structure has survived through many wars and battles from Napoleon to the Nazi's. After World War II the structure was damaged and in a joint effort by East and West Berlin, the Gate was restored and Germans could again travel freely through it. In 1961 the Berlin Wall was erected. According to Wikipedia "The wall and its fortified death strip ran just west of the gate, cutting off access from West Berlin and essentially rendering it off limits to East Berliners." In 1963 John F. Kennedy visited the Gate and the Soviets hung large banners across it to prevent him looking into the East. Many protested the divided Germany in the 1980's.
In 1987 President Reagan gave his famous speech at Brandenburg Gate addressing Gorbechev where he said "General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization: Come here to this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!"In In 1989 a revolution occurred and the Berlin Wall came down. The Gate symbolized freedom and the desire to unify the City of Berlin and all of Germany. On the 22nd of December 1989, the Brandenburg Gate re-opened when Helmut Kohl, the West German Chancellor, walked through to be greeted by Hans Modrow, the East German Prime Minister. The cold war was ending.
President Clinton gave a speech there in 1994 while he was President. He spoke about post cold-war peace in Europe. It is felt by many that the gate is a symbol of unity, so when Barack Obama wanted to be a keynote speaker there he was denied. According to reports "Berlin's Mayor, Klaus Wowereit, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have stated that, due to the Brandenburg Gate's historical and political significance, the site should only be reserved for very special occasion addresses by politicians, and only by elected American presidents." She also said that he should not be allowed to speak at the historical site because he played no role in the unification of Germany and it should not be used for political purposes.
Of course Obama has downplayed the significance of being denied and touts it as only tentative planning. He states "We had been trying to coordinate with folks on the ground in terms of finding an appropriate site, but we didn't have a particular site in mind," Obama said. "I want to make sure that my message is heard as opposed to creating a controversy. Our goal is just for me to lay out how I think about the next administration's role in rebuilding our trans-Atlantic alliance. And so I don't want the venue to be a distraction." In other words, I don't want to look like an arrogant ass, so let's just say well, sorry we asked. I just thought that I am like a friggin' rock star in the states and my prestige could get me the gig. He is trying to trample on other historical moments. He is delivering his democratic nominee acceptance speech on the anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech. Why not try honing in on other significant historical monuments and speeches. He could get in a Reagan moment and continue to pander to unsuspecting moronic republicans. He is a historical icon in himself, he is entitled, is he not? I say no. Obama knows that if he listens to "The Secret" tapes Oprah sent him every day, he will be speaking there sooner rather than later. Memo: To: Obama: You don't crash a historical site without being an actual President. Just to remind you, you are not the Commander in Chief. Do I need to repeat myself? How about you repeat after me...say it loud, I am still a Senator. I do not live at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. George Bush is still the President. People hate him and love me but I am not the President.
Ok Mr. Obama? Are we clear? I realize that your foreign policy credentials are slim at best, but lets not start roaming the earth demanding Rock President treatment. The last thing we need is a Diva President. Nice job on the down play, bad job on the up play. Seriously, next he should give a speech on Buddha's head to show his expertise of that continent. I mean he has already secured the idiot vote, let's not push it.


GrEaT sAtAn'S gIrLfRiEnD said...

Angie's comeback was kinda Yodalike. Deutschers Day is an important development in the reunification psyche of Germans.

Scarred by horrific horrors of events like "das endlosung" has fractured a lot of healthy nat'lism - kinda important in the New Millennium (after all since Geramny screamed God! Please! Stop! and died in WWII, Europa's advice to any crisis has been to create yet another mini state instead of rebranding nat'lism in a healthy way - at least beyond sectarian or tribal sections).

An event like Reunification Day should be free of foreign pols looking to tweak their worldliness and abundance or lack of Foreign Policy saavy.

Righty64 said...

Nikki, just his foreign policy credentials are slim at best? I think that his CREDENTIALS are slim, period! I am sure that come November, the Democrats are going to be sorry they did not nominate Sen. St. Hillary. It is really appalling that this Sen. Messiah Barack thinks he is all that and a bag of chips!

DB said...

As long as the right keeps griping about Obama's rock star status (as hilarious as it is), the important things like how "bad" his issues are will stay in the back seat of this campaign. People will still vote for him if the loudest complaint is that he is a "rock star," however, if the loudest complaint is about a specific issue he stands on, then they wouldn't vote for him. No one is able to stick a specific issue on him (sure, liberal media is easy to blame, but doesn't change the facts). Short of a scandal, the right will need to try harder than this. The Hollywood worshiping left doesn't care about the rock star label. And it's not enough to curb the moderates.

ba and the boys said...

great breakfast reading. and nice to have a history lesson before i even get dressed in the morning!
im glad the germans arent as dumb as i thought they were!

namaste said...

nik, like you said his arrogance will be his downfall. this guy is gonna come crashing down to earth.

Mustang said...

I agree he is arrogant ... but I also concur with db that all of us who intend to vote must remain focused on the issues. If all voters do that, and if they are even half-way informed, Obama cannot win the general election.

What is that axiom? Give a man enough rope and he'll hang himself?

EDGE said...

I heard over on DD2's page that McCain has caught up with him in the polls! Hope that's right for what it's worth!

Nikki said...

GSG, thanks for the info you always are on top of the foreign relations stuff...:)N

Righty, you are right his policies pretty much suck and especially the foreign kind. I will go back to kicking Obama but with no niceness haha! :)N

DB, point taken. I do think it is fun to make fun of his peeps though. any chance i get to poke fun at the Obama cult, i have to take it. But your point is a good one and so I will take it under advisement...:)N

BA...before scout camp breakfast reading?? oi. :0N

Maria, and we will be here watching and patting ourselves on the back at our pristine predictions...haha :)N

Mustang, Love it...keep him hot and not humble and he will hang himself...that is the truth. I will sit and watch. and smile. :)N

Edge, I saw those numbers too...and from Newsweek no less. I guess that is why Obama is beating on McCain pretty hard...he certainly does not act like a front runner in that regard. :0N

Khaki Elephant said...

I lived in Germany for a while and am not surprised by their reaction. The one thing they can't tolerant is arrogance . . . from anybody who isn't German.

Sandi said...

Holy crap, you know a lot of stuff! Very interesting history lesson and thoughtful comments. Between you and Maria, I could almost be swayed to vote against Obama! If only McCain were still the John McCain he was a few years back.