Tuesday, July 22, 2008

European Governments Say "Not So Fast "To Obama

Despite the throngs of mesmerized starry-eyed Europeans that are expected to greet Barack Obama in Europe, there are those serving in the governments of these nations who are not willing to swallow the bait whole. Surprisingly, this story is coming from Reuters.

European fans will cheer on U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama as he visits Berlin, Paris and London this week, but governments wary of his inexperience and evolving policies fear the euphoria is overdone.

But that isn't about to stop the hoards of people that think he is the world's savior from showing up, just to be in some great campaign photo-ops.

Democrat Barack Obama’s entire traveling campaign apparatus is in place. He will speak Thursday at an historic site in Berlin that could draw tens of thousands of spectators. And chief campaign strategist David Axelrod might even assemble film crews to gather footage of it, possibly for a TV commercial.

But senior aides engaged in a bit of rhetorical gymnastics Tuesday as they faced reporters who questioned their resistance to acknowledging the political aspects of Obama’s week-long, high-profile tour against the backdrop of an intense American presidential campaign.

Not surprising, since this entire trip is nothing but a campaign trip. But back to the Politico article:

At a morning background briefing, reporters parried with senior advisers on the characterization of Obama’s speech Thursday in Berlin as a campaign rally. The outdoor speech at the Victory Column could draw thousands of people, similar to the size of Obama events in the United States.

“It is not going to be a political speech,” said a senior foreign policy adviser, who spoke to reporters on background. “When the president of the United States goes and gives a speech, it is not a political speech or a political rally.

“But he is not president of the United States,” a reporter reminded the adviser.

Sounds like someone is counting chickens before they hatch here.

Some reporters are not pleased with the way this is playing out. NBC's Andrea Mitchell is one of them:

This really isn't too hard to follow for those of us who think for ourselves.

Obama's world tour hasn't impressed anyone except those that are already duped into believing this guy is qualified to lead the most powerful nation on earth. The objective here is to make him look presidential, but it will only succeed in making him look like Europe's gullible citizenry has been eaten up with Obama fever. They love him, but they loved John Kerry too.

The European masses that hate confrontation had better beware of their affections. If Obama is elected and is given the opportunity to lead the most powerful nation in the free world, the safety and security of western civilization will be severely compromised.

And if this is the case, Europe had better be willing to step up to the plate. Because Obama will not be there for them. This is precisely why Obama makes Europe's governments so nervous.


It looks like I am not the only one that feels this Obama tour is a sham. Read this essay.

Still more troubling is how Obama handled his first interview. What he says and how he says it should be troubling to anyone that has any sense. This man has no military experience whatsoever and wants to lead the military. This ought to scare the hell out of anyone.


Greg said...

Europeans shouldn't worry. I'm sure the senator will tell them whatever it is they want to hear. I'm guessing there will be some good Bush-bashing; at least a little apology for how horrible America has been acting; a promise to do what Europe says, etc.

LASunsett said...

//Europeans shouldn't worry. I'm sure the senator will tell them whatever it is they want to hear. //

One German must not be happy with Obama making an appearance in his beloved Deutschland.

A.C. McCloud said...

Heard on the radio.. an adoring young Fraulein on Obama, "and he knows something about Islam.." Funny, the dude has been running away from Islam since the beginning over here.

Anonymous said...

Is it true, speaking in Berlin, that Obama said, "Ich bin ein Fruchtkuchen mit schwarzen NĂ¼ssen"???

Well, I guess he wasn't lying.

Rocket said...



Now that was funny!

Mit schwarzen nussen

Don't forget that Kennedy said he was a jelly donut and my last visit to the bakery in Dusseldorf a few years ago proves it.


Greg said...

I underestimated BHO - he didn't just tell the Europeans what they wanted to hear. I mean, mostly, he said nothing, and plagiarized from Reagan, JFK and MLK. But when he did say something - that Europe had to do more and make sacrifices in Afghanistan and in the wider war on terror - there was dead silence. Hehehe.

Anyway, I'm sure the Germans at the rally - I mean, those remaining after you subtract American network anchors, Obama entourage and Lear Jet liberals who made the trip - support BHO completely. Except they don't get to vote (Citizen of the World understands that, right?)

LAS, that interview in your addendum is fascinating on many levels. I note he includes Iraq as a front in the war on terror. Interesting - name another Democrat who believes that. In fact, I'm pretty sure I can find an Obama quote saying Iraq has nothing to do with the war on terror - that it was a distraction....