An “Obama Berlin speech” post [Karl]
The funniestÃ‚Â reportÃ‚Â of Barack Obama’s speech in Berlin comes from the NYT‘s Caucus blog: “Senator Barack Obama began his speech first by declaring that this was not a political speech.”
Substantively, I welcomed his call for more support from Germany to fight the Taliban in Afghanistan.Ã‚Â However, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday she would make clear to Obama that there were limits to Germany’s military engagement in Afghanistan.Ã‚Â Merkel may find Obama well-equipped physically, but this seems to be another case in which a government will not be dramatically altering its foreign policy just from a look at Obama’s magic face.
As for the rhetoric of the speech, Ann Althouse — who often has nice things to write about Obama — had this reaction to his invocation of the Berlin airlift:
I guess we’re not supposed to think about how Obama wanted and still wants to give up on the Iraq war. Surely, if he’d been there in 1948, he would have said the Berlin airlift is hopeless. He thought the surge was hopeless.
I won’t excerpt the rest of the speech. You can read it, but I’ll summarize: Come on, people now, smile on your brother, everybody get together, try to love one another, right now.
… and yes, she included some YouTube goodness with a Youngbloods audio track.Ã‚Â The actual speech had good “optics,” though I imagineÃ‚Â Obama will hear about snubbing our wounded soldiers over there for some time to come, given its potential as metaphor.