OBAMA WENT, he was seen and heard in Europe, in what was once East Berlin, where neither John F. Kennedy or Ronald Reagan could go. However, when he departed he was trailing abysmal reviews and silent shrugs of who cares?
Michael Hirsch delivered a devastating heat seeking review in the National Journal:
President Obama’s honeymoon with the world is over. What was it, exactly, about Obama’s controversy-marred trip to Germany and the G8 Summit in Northern Ireland that fell so flat? Ummm, how about … everything? [...] Not only is the honeymoon long over, folks. The marriage is becoming deeply troubled and, increasingly, loveless.
On June 26, 1963, President John F. Kennedy stood in West Berlin and said “Ich bin Berliner.” As Hirsch recounts, because there was a jelly donut named “Berliner” in part of Germany, the chattering classless have redrawn the history. Nobody in Berlin that day misunderstood President John F. Kennedy. They knew exactly what he meant and the crowd of 450,000 embraced him as the honorary Berliner he made himself that day.
There was also no escaping the meaning of President Ronald Reagan’s historic demand, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.”
Obama may have quoted Kennedy during his Brandenburg Gate speech, but the passion and attitude, the acting required to make the moment was missing, as was the purpose.
You cannot make history if you have nothing to say.
Hirsch gets cruel:
In contrast to JFK, and Ronald Reagan’s almost-as-famous line 24 years later — “Mr, Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” — Obama came across as more of a jelly doughnut, a little soft and perhaps too sweet inside, especially compared to the hard-edged Putin.
Now, I’ve been following politics long enough to know presidents don’t need reporters’ reviews they need the people. But back here at home President Obama has recently suffered an 8-point tumble, with his surety on policy now focused on spying on reporters, the American people, and calling transparent policies like FISA that clearly are not. All of this happening while his foreign policy strategy seems positively incoherent.
President Obama’s basketball game isn’t the only place he’s delivering air balls.