Friday, July 18, 2008
Germans Reject Obama's Latest Act of Vanity, Arrogance
Barack Obama wants to speak at the Brandenburg Gate.
He figures it would provide a nice backdrop for him to prop up his foreign policy "credentials." A cheering audience and a few fainting Germans would be provided, of course.
What Obama clearly fails to understand is that the Brandenburg Gate is Germany's equivalent of America's Statue of Liberty. It is not to be used as a campaign speech prop. The Gate is something you earn. President Reagan earned the right to speak there because his relentless pressure had brought the Soviet empire to its knees, ultimately freeing East Germany from communist rule. This is where President Reagan gave his "Tear Down This Wall" speech, demanding that Soviet Premiere Mikhail Gorbachev allow Germany to re-unite as a free, sovereign nation. John F. Kennedy spoke at the Brandenburg Gate on the day of his "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech. He was representing a country that was prepared to engage in nuclear war to defend Berlin.
The Brandenburg Gate has a long, rich history. When the Nazis ascended to power, they used the Gate as their symbol. The Gate was one of few structures left standing in the Pariser Platz at the end of World War II. Then in 1961, the Berlin Wall was erected just west of the Gate. The Wall and its fortified "death strip" cut off access from West Berlin and rendering it off limits to East Berliners. Since East Germany's liberation in 1989, the Gate has come to represent freedom, unity and liberty to all of Germany.
So Barack Obama's "audacity" is akin to a foreign politician traveling to the United States and demanding the use of the Statue of Liberty as a backdrop for a campaign speech. Americans, along with the rest of the world, are beginning to notice Barack Obama's elevated opinion of himself. It should be noted, the Germans have rejected Obama's latest act of vanity and nudged him to find a different venue for his speech.
Barack Obama fails to see himself for what he is... a three-year senator without a single important legislative achievement to his credit, a former Illinois state senator who voted "present" nearly 130 times. Obama's most memorable written work is a biography of his favorite subject... himself!