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.