Obama misses real opportunity in Berlin Address

With promises to remake the world, Obama said:

“People of Berlin, people of the world, this is our moment. This is our time."

Will Americans be attracted to a candidate who campaigns in Europe and tries to play up that he wants to do things that will make Europeans happy? More of a concern for Obama, I would think that he would have benefited if he had framed the talk in terms of at least something that what would be demanded of Europe.

UPDATE: I think that this piece at Fox News later in the day catches the impression that Obama was creating:


UPDATE: Over at the AtlanticBlog, William Sjostrom has a post that reminds my of Obama's statement from earlier this year that:

I would be able to be . . . I think that the world would see me as a different kind of president. Somebody who can see the world through their eyes.

His discussion about Obama selling himself to American Jews is also interesting.

Minor comment: Obama brings race into the election again during his speech in Berlin. "I know that I don't look like the Americans who previously have spoken in this great city."

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Blogger Junkyard Sam said...

Only uninformed Americans would take issue of this. Anyone who actually knows any Europeans personally knows the majority of people there have higher quality lives than the people here.

Of course, if we want to guage our society based on how well the richest among us do then I suppose that's another story.

But shouldn't we compare based on the majority of people?

7/24/2008 6:15 PM  
Blogger Mike aka Proof said...

"People of the world...this is our moment. This is our time."

What a presumptive little snot! It would only be "our moment, our time" if he wins. He shouldn't count his Hühner before they're hatched!

7/24/2008 7:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Anyone whom actually knows any Europeans personally knows ..."

I can't imagine why Americans are disliked as confident loud know it alls.

What the heck does "higher quality of lives" mean? The unemployment rate throughout Europe is significantly higher than here. Last time I checked, it wasn't the rich who are in need of jobs.

La la la la hopey changey!

7/27/2008 5:22 PM  

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