Well, not yet

posted at 8:30 am on July 22, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

The Barack Obama campaign provided another gaffe, this one more of a Freudian slip, in responding to questions from the press about holding political rallies abroad.  One of the “senior policy advisers” tried explaining the difference between political rallies and speeches, but wound up reinforcing why Barack Obama’s Berlin speech is a political rally — as well as reinforcing the arrogance of the Obama campaign.  Politico’s Carrie Budoff Brown reports, emphases mine:

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.

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.

“He is going to talk about the issues as an individual … not as a candidate, but as an individual, as a senator,” the adviser added.

Unfortunately for Obama, the adviser had it right. When the President travels abroad and gives a speech, it is not a domestic, electoral political speech, but that’s because the President actually has the office already.  Barack Obama hasn’t yet even officially won his party’s nomination, let alone be elected as our head of state.  The adviser explained rather neatly why holding big rallies in Berlin is inappropriate for a candidate running for the US presidency.  It’s obviously a political rally, made so by the fact that Obama is running for the White House.

They want to have this both ways.  As Brown reports, the Obama campaign has framed this trip as a means for Obama to get to know the people with whom he’ll deal if he wins the election.  That’s political in and of itself, and that doesn’t account for the massive rally at the Siegessäule monument.  If all Obama wanted was a listening tour, he would have confined himself to diplomatic meetings and fact-finding events.  Instead, he wants to have a massive rally, which is on its face a political event and a political speech, unless Obama does nothing but talk about the World Cup.

Once again, the Obama arrogance shines through the double-talk.  Anyone want to bet that the “senior policy adviser” was Dr. Susan Rice?


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Calm down people! Barry O has this! You rubes need to just sit back and marvel…

sabbott on July 22, 2008 at 8:36 AM

I’m so glad Barry has the great judgment to have some of his top notch adviser be so top notch.

This is an awesome display of being top notch.

benrand on July 22, 2008 at 8:38 AM

“He is going to talk about the issues as an individual … not as a candidate, but as an individual, as a senator,”

Who thinks he’s the god-king Xerxes, ruler of the world. But fear him not, for he is a merciful god-king, all he asks is that you kneel before him.

Tony737 on July 22, 2008 at 8:41 AM

When someone is this naive and arrogant at the same time, it is an insult to the intelligence of the American voter. If the Daly machine can pull this scam off, we deserve what we are going to get.

volsense on July 22, 2008 at 8:43 AM

President Obama

/scary

faraway on July 22, 2008 at 8:43 AM

So will Obama become yet another Democrat who badmouths his country and his President overseas?

If this guy becomes President, how he and his wife will whine about how poorly he is treated.

This from a guy who has lied about President Bush since he stepped into the Senate three years ago and who is a member of the most despicable, worthless body of corrupt sociopaths ever assembled, Democrat Party Congressmen.

NoDonkey on July 22, 2008 at 8:44 AM

this whole election season is a joke.
if obama loses after all the media has put into getting him elected they are gonna be 4x harder on McCain then they ever were to bush.

trailortrash on July 22, 2008 at 8:45 AM

What is he going to talk about? What does a U.S. senator have to say in a public speech to the German people?

BigD on July 22, 2008 at 8:45 AM

Like I said.

REALLY annoying.

Purple Fury on July 22, 2008 at 8:46 AM

The only thing about which Hussein’s campaign staffers are undecided about each morning is which foot to shoot themselves in.

Akzed on July 22, 2008 at 8:46 AM

What does a U.S. senator have to say in a public speech to the German people?

BigD on July 22, 2008 at 8:45 AM

“I know nah-zink!”

Shy Guy on July 22, 2008 at 8:47 AM

President Obama

/scary

Rather, I think what Obama has in mind is, “All hail, Obama.”

You know, like, “Ceasar.”

And, yes, it’s scary. First, it’s disgusting.

S on July 22, 2008 at 8:48 AM

* Speeches in stadiums filled with mesmerized, adoring audience – Check

* Seeks to replace God with the State – Check

* Creates his own new symbols of power – Check

* People adopting his name as their own – Check

* Wants Secret Police force – Check

* An uninspiring background before meteoric rise – Check

* Somebody powerful people think they can control – Check

* Often dismissed as a light-weight by his opponents – Check

* Associates with racists hatemongers – Check

* A propaganda machine willing to show him only in the best possible light – Check

* Inspires adoration Art – Check

* appropriates symbols of past German glory – Check

* Never plans on giving up power – Check (Obama to be president for the next “eight to 10 years”)

* A narcissistic megalomaniac – Check

It’s a new day, so a new check mark.

Frightened yet?

TheBigOldDog on July 22, 2008 at 8:48 AM

Should we even bother to have an election? Why not just go ahead and have the coronation . . . I mean inauguration today. It’s just a formality anyway. Since Barry has already told us that he’s “the one we’ve been waiting for” — the one who will calm the seas and save all the children — we might as well let him get started, right?

AZCoyote on July 22, 2008 at 8:49 AM

What is he going to talk about? What does a U.S. senator have to say in a public speech to the German people?

BigD on July 22, 2008 at 8:45 AM

All I can say this morning is if I was one of the German people, I’d be incredibly peeved at Obama’s arrogance.

Obama’s a U.S. Senator, he has no “message” for the German people in any capacity other than a tourist.

S on July 22, 2008 at 8:50 AM

Where exactly is the gaffe?

And to borrow AP’s schtick… exit question: Should sitting presidents running for reelection not give speeches in foreign countries during election years?

Tom_Shipley on July 22, 2008 at 8:57 AM

Frightened yet?

TheBigOldDog on July 22, 2008 at 8:48 AM

Yes.

hillbillyjim on July 22, 2008 at 8:58 AM

The guy, despite one Steven Spielberg extravaganza after another, is still only leading by 3 points, at a point when Dukakis had a double digit lead.

I’m predicting soon this guy’s daughters will be attached to him for every event like lint on a suit. The pity vote. He better buy a dog, too.

Marcus on July 22, 2008 at 8:58 AM

I made another graphic:

ICH BIN EIN KULT-FUHRER
(“I am a Cult-Leader”)
http://www.suzyrice.com/BIRD/archives/500wde_IchBinEinKultFuhrer.jpg

S on July 22, 2008 at 8:58 AM

exit question: Should sitting presidents running for reelection not give speeches in foreign countries during election years?
Tom_Shipley on July 22, 2008 at 8:57 AM

apples / trucks

trailortrash on July 22, 2008 at 8:59 AM

This guy is an arrogant jerk. It seems as if the democrats have to get the loving approval of Europe, which is going down the crapper.
The socialists indeed love B. Hussein Obama.

jencab on July 22, 2008 at 9:00 AM

President Obama

Shhhh….someone might hear you.

KrisinNE on July 22, 2008 at 9:01 AM

a sitting president running for election is still president.

That’s where your attempt at analogy fails.

MarkTheGreat on July 22, 2008 at 9:05 AM

And to borrow AP’s schtick… exit question: Should sitting presidents running for reelection not give speeches in foreign countries during election years?

Tom_Shipley on July 22, 2008 at 8:57 AM

You missed the nuance. Barack is not a sitting president. And as far as the German’s go, he’s not anything but a U.S. senator from Chicago.

BigD on July 22, 2008 at 9:06 AM

Marcus on July 22, 2008 at 8:58 AM

Yep. Detroit News has Obama only +2 in MI(600LVs). Crazy year when both red VA and blue MI turn purple.

Limerick on July 22, 2008 at 9:09 AM

All that I can think is that Obama wants 7 European nations to fill the gap so he will have 57 States to visit.

What an imbecile! I can’t see him handling another Cuban Missile Crisis, another 9.11.01, another Hurricane Katrina, another crisis or disaster of any kind. All he brings to the table is an empty resume, no qualifying experience on any measureable scale, a Marxist Agenda, no concept of how our economy works and grand plans to tax US into prosperity.

His wife is not proud to be an American. I am ashamed that she is! Oh and an 8-10 year Presidency? He could not even pass a US Citizenship Test with a knowlege base such as that.

If the McCain Campaign does not capitalize on that there is something terribly wrong here!

old trooper on July 22, 2008 at 9:11 AM

Crock Star.

fogw on July 22, 2008 at 9:13 AM

You go, Obama. You go to all sorts of foreign countries so we call all see how they adore you. Then your union supporters will stay home in droves or vote for McCain.

Kafir on July 22, 2008 at 9:14 AM

Anyone want to bet that the “senior policy adviser” was Dr. Susan Rice?

There are 300 to choose from, but I bet you’re right.

Why isn’t the adviser named anyway? Was she/he speaking from behind a curtain?

Buy Danish on July 22, 2008 at 9:16 AM

When someone is this naive and arrogant at the same time, it is an insult to the intelligence of the American voter. If the Daly machine can pull this scam off, we deserve what we are going to get.

volsense on July 22, 2008 at 8:43 AM

Apparently, there are a lot of “American voters” who are too blind to be insulted. I could have said, “too stupid”, but then that wouldn’t be nice.

Syd B. on July 22, 2008 at 9:20 AM

Why isn’t the adviser named anyway? Was she/he speaking from behind a curtain?

Buy Danish on July 22, 2008 at 9:16 AM

Maybe. What is Obama’s dress code for the area he/she was speaking from?

forest on July 22, 2008 at 9:22 AM

Where exactly is the gaffe?

And to borrow AP’s schtick… exit question: Should sitting presidents running for reelection not give speeches in foreign countries during election years?

Tom_Shipley on July 22, 2008 at 8:57 AM

A sitting President is exactly that: a sitting president. A pesidential candidate is exactly that: a candidate.

You wear your ignorance well and very visible, but it is not working for you. Try a different tact, such as objectivity and reality.

Yoop on July 22, 2008 at 9:24 AM

When someone is this naive and arrogant at the same time, it is an insult to the intelligence of the American voter. If the Daly machine can pull this scam off, we deserve what we are going to get.

volsense on July 22, 2008 at 8:43 AM

It should be an insult to the intelligence of the American voter, but his very candidacy is proof that it’s not.

This election isn’t about Obama or McCain. It’s about America and the American people. It’s like a census picture of who we are now. So far, the picture is demoralizing and disappointing. As you say, it can get far worse.

His whole candidacy shakes me to the core. His win will shock me, a close loss will wound me. Nothing but a resounding popular and electoral vote defeat will console me. I’m not counting on that.

JiangxiDad on July 22, 2008 at 9:29 AM

but that’s because the President The Messiah actually has the office already.

hehe

Branch Rickey on July 22, 2008 at 9:32 AM

Who thinks he’s the god-king Xerxes, ruler of the world. But fear him not, for he is a merciful god-king, all he asks is that you kneel before him.

Tony737 on July 22, 2008 at 8:41 AM

double heh!

Branch Rickey on July 22, 2008 at 9:32 AM

I have what I think is a fairly comprehensive list of BO’s flip-flops. Does anyone know of such a list of his gaffes?

jgapinoy on July 22, 2008 at 9:34 AM

Perhaps the “BO Presidential Seal” and/or Victory Column photos will become the equivalent of Dukakis’s tank photo or Kerry’s wind-surfing. The Cult of Charisma schtick is exciting for awhile, but cultural icons get really old, really fast.

obladioblada on July 22, 2008 at 9:40 AM

Maybe he won’t get the crowds he thinks he’ll get? and maybe pigs will fly…

becki51758 on July 22, 2008 at 9:41 AM

The longer he runs the more voters he alienates. Fortunately it is still four month before the election so he has lots of time to finish blowing it. If he wins anyway the country will deserve what they get.

duff65 on July 22, 2008 at 9:41 AM

Who thinks he’s the god-king Xerxes, ruler of the world. But fear him not, for he is a merciful god-king, all he asks is that you kneel before him.

…and give him your heart

fluffy on July 22, 2008 at 9:46 AM

TheBigOldDog

Hell yes.

You-Eh-Vee on July 22, 2008 at 9:53 AM

It probably has more to do with how the trip is being financed. If he can claim it’s an official trip in his capacity as a Senator, we, the taxpayers get to pay for it and he doesn’t have to dip into his campaign funds. Someone ought to investigate.

Texas Rainmaker on July 22, 2008 at 10:05 AM

* A narcissistic megalomaniac – Check
It’s a new day, so a new check mark.

Frightened yet?

TheBigOldDog on July 22, 2008 at 8:48 AM

The perfact venue for this speech. Déjà-vu-Erlebnis

Johan Klaus on July 22, 2008 at 10:21 AM

A large part of this comes out of the American left’s desire for the U.S. to be more like Europe. The idea behind the Germany speech/rally is not only to boost Obama’s gravitas (funny how that word is hardly used this year compared with the 2000 election), but also to show rube Americans how beloved Barack is in Europe, as if that’s another key reason to vote for him come November.

Of course, if Europe had its way electorally over the past quarter-century, we also would have had a President Mondale, President Dukakis, President Gore and/or President Kerry. None of them made it a point to hold overseas campaign rallies, but I doubt this effort is going to do much domestically to change the final election results 3 1/2 months from now.

jon1979 on July 22, 2008 at 10:24 AM

I was on a plane yesterday and a young lady, 20 (I know that because she insisted on broadcasting to the passengers that today was her 21st birthday), and an artist (she told everybody that too), was telling a couple of women from Trinidad all about Obama. She impressed upon the women that Obama is all about change. Then she said if McCain wins, she’ll leave the country. I almost spoke up and said that if everybody who threatened to leave the country at McCain’s election really left, the country would be better off. But I doubt the little airhead would have gotten it.

abcurtis on July 22, 2008 at 10:37 AM

These Liberals are consumed by the echo chamber they live in. This election is McCain’s to lose rather than Obama’s to win. Obama is nothing other than the great black hope for Liberalism. Liberals already had 90% of the black vote in the bag with or without Obama. On the other hand, Obama’s campaign has most assuredly raised eyebrows to the fact that much of black America is a racist bunch of people. I actually witnessed a group of black people carrying a sign that read something like “if the whitey doesn’t vote for Obama, the whitey is a racist”.

Excuse me, but I had no idea such racism remained “alive and well” in this country. Truth is, Obama is just another Liberal politician trying his best to fool the rest of the country into believing he is something other than what he is. Liberals can’t win general elections unless they disguise their Liberalism. History tells this story very well.

Keemo on July 22, 2008 at 10:40 AM

Cue cards to German audience: Sieg Heil!

Steve Z on July 22, 2008 at 10:42 AM

I sincerely hope he gets up and says something like “ICH BIEN EINE MESSIAH!!!!”

Because the last time the German people heard something like that, it was from a Bavarian wallpaper hanger named Adolph.

And they are not so easily fooled the second time around.

pilamaye on July 22, 2008 at 10:43 AM

And they are not so easily fooled the second time around.

pilamaye on July 22, 2008 at 10:43 AM

He can’t fool an “Ossie” like Merkel. But I think the typical W.Berliner lib will love him.

JiangxiDad on July 22, 2008 at 10:52 AM

President Obama

/scary

faraway on July 22, 2008 at 8:43 AM

Yes – if we aren’t careful, this megalomaniac is going to do what all other megalomaniacs before him failed to do. Interesting that he’s chosen the Siegessäule monument for his big rally.

Rick on July 22, 2008 at 10:56 AM

Once again, the Obama arrogance shines through the double-talk. Anyone want to bet that the “senior policy adviser” was Dr. Susan Rice?

I bet you’re right.

Ever since Hillary got out of the way the immaturity of the Obama campaign has really become transparent. How in the heck did they beat Team Hillary. I don’t blame her supporters for being pissed off. And they are going to really be pissed off watching Obama on this trip. The only one’s who will be impressed by Obama are those already under his spell.

He’s working under the premise that Americans want the Europeans to like us and they don’t so the plan is to go to the capitals of Europe and hold rallies of cheering crowds and fainting women to show Americans that making Obama president will make the Europeans like us again. But the fact is that those that aren’t under Obama’s spell don’t care what Europeans think.

Texas Gal on July 22, 2008 at 11:07 AM

Interesting that he’s chosen the Siegessäule monument for his big rally.

Rick on July 22, 2008 at 10:56 AM

Much has been made of this mistake already. While the “intl. relations expert” Obama should have known the significance of that monument, I’d be willing to bet he didn’t. It’s simply another Berlin tourist attraction, after the Brandenburg Gate was nixed. Frankly, he should have chosen to speak outside the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche (Emperor William Memorial Church–destroyed during WWII and left in ruins.) It would have cemented his pacifist bona-fides with the Euroweenies.

JiangxiDad on July 22, 2008 at 11:09 AM

Texas Rainmaker on July 22, 2008 at 10:05 AM

Obama’s campaign released a statement when the plans for the trip were made public that the leg to Afghanistan, Iraq, Jordan and Israel was on the taxpayers dime the one to Europe was on his campaign funds. That’s because they knew very well the European part was a campaign rally.

Texas Gal on July 22, 2008 at 11:12 AM

Everybody better stop talking bad about Black Moses or he’ll wave his arms and send all of you to hell.

Big Orange on July 22, 2008 at 11:12 AM

Calm down people! Barry O has this! You rubes need to just sit back and marvel…

sabbott on July 22, 2008 at 8:36 AM

MORON…Did you face Chicago five times today and bray/rap on your hands and knees to the TUCC’s Rev. Wright??? No you say…then your the rube!

byteshredder on July 22, 2008 at 11:25 AM

I’m so glad Barry has the great judgment to have some of his top notch adviser be so top notch.

This is an awesome display of being top notch.

benrand on July 22, 2008 at 8:38 AM

Another hopenosis MORON, OD’d on Kool Aid!

byteshredder on July 22, 2008 at 11:31 AM

Dr. Susan Rice

The worst type of diplomat – arrogant sanctimonious and clueless

elduende on July 22, 2008 at 11:35 AM

Frightened yet?

TheBigOldDog on July 22, 2008 at 8:48 AM

Yes.

hillbillyjim on July 22, 2008 at 8:58 AM

Yes! + 3

This is only slightly OT… I had the news on yesterday while reading HA, and glanced up to see BO disembarking from a plane, he was wearing sunglasses which he whipped off while coming down the stairs. Chewing gum and honestly, he fairly swaggered up to the greeting party. Arrogance poured off of him. Did any one else see this clip? It was something you’d expect from a real rock star, not really a presidential candidate.

4shoes on July 22, 2008 at 11:53 AM

All the more I’m clinging to my Bible…and that’s a GOOD thing!
Who was that Dem loser showrunner who has been the kiss of death for so many Dem campaigns? He must be hiding in the shadows at the Obama camp. The more that comes out, the more it would seem that Obama isn’t even qualified to be a Senator…and you know how low that bar is set. He may be the biggest laughingstock since Kerry.

Doug on July 22, 2008 at 12:01 PM

It all goes along with the “seal” effort. These people have the most monumental case of hubris I have ever seen. The crash should be epic.

JimK on July 22, 2008 at 12:29 PM

Obama’s campaign released a statement when the plans for the trip were made public that the leg to Afghanistan, Iraq, Jordan and Israel was on the taxpayers dime…

Which begs the question: he if wasn’t running for President would he be visiting those places? Highly unlikely.

Double standard thy name is the Obamamessiah.

KrisinNE on July 22, 2008 at 12:29 PM

Ed gets a mention on Rush!

kmcguire on July 22, 2008 at 12:35 PM

KrisinNE on July 22, 2008 at 12:29 PM

Yep.

Heck Obama chairs the Afghanistan committee in the Senate, has never called a meeting of the committee, and this is the FIRST time he’s been there!

Texas Gal on July 22, 2008 at 12:52 PM

How many online donations is he getting from foreign countries?

Spolitics on July 22, 2008 at 1:06 PM

I am great OZYMANDIAS, The King of Kings…

gekkobear on July 22, 2008 at 1:08 PM

“Top, TOP people…”

mojo on July 22, 2008 at 1:08 PM

C’mon y’all… We need to just take the Clayton Williams approach to this Obamessiah thing.

bikermailman on July 22, 2008 at 1:42 PM

Ask Hillary about inevitability.

Entelechy on July 22, 2008 at 2:58 PM

Then it`s back to the U.S. and picking the site for his presidential libary, right?

ThePrez on July 22, 2008 at 3:03 PM

Hubris.

Terrye on July 22, 2008 at 3:10 PM

“He is going to talk about the issues as an individual … not as a candidate, but as an individual, as a senator,” the adviser added.

So, does that mean, as a senator, he wants us to foot the bill for his travels? Typical. If not, then he really is speaking as a candidate (which we all know his is anyway.)

IrishEyes on July 22, 2008 at 5:08 PM

“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.

LMAO!!! OMG..

Chakra Hammer on July 22, 2008 at 6:25 PM