Barone: Why Obama can’t go to Berlin Wall commemoration

posted at 2:20 pm on October 26, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Michael Barone finds it odd that Barack Obama can go to Oslo and Copenhagen for mainly personal reasons, but somehow can’t find the time to travel to Berlin to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall — the climax of the Cold War and the West’s triumph.  Given the key role played by the US in the collapse of Soviet Communism, people have good cause to wonder why the leader of the free world can find time to pick up an award for himself and pitch his hometown to the International Olympic Committee, but not to say a few words in honor of the free world’s vindication in Berlin.  Barone theorizes that an earlier Berlin speech may be haunting Obama:

In the Tiergarten, Obama spoke of “the terrorists who threaten our security in Afghanistan” and of the need “to defeat the Taliban and al Qaeda” there. That doesn’t mesh well with his recent reconsideration of the Afghanistan strategy he announced in March and reiterated in August or with the White House spin doctors’ suggestion that the Taliban and al Qaeda aren’t necessarily allies anymore.

In the Tiergarten, Obama asserted his “resolve to work with Russia when we can, to stand up for our values when we must and to seek a partnership that extends across this whole continent.” That doesn’t mesh very well with the “reset button” policy toward Russia that looks past its attacks on Georgia and Ukraine and propitiates the Putin regime with unilateral withdrawal of missile-defense installations from Poland and the Czech Republic.

In the Tiergarten, Obama said America must “stand with Europe in sending a direct message to Iran that it must abandon its nuclear ambitions.” But that message, if sent, has evidently not had the intended effect on the mullah regime, which is drawing out negotiations while presumably continuing its nuclear program apace.

Is Obama too embarrassed to give people an opportunity to compare Obama’s actions to his summer 2008 rhetoric?  That seems too generous a view.  Obama has had no difficulties in reversing himself publicly here in the US, where the media is only slightly less fawning than in Europe.  Our friend Jim Geraghty created an axiom about expiration dates on Obama promises, and these examples from Tiergarten are more aspirations than commitments.

I think the answer is simpler: Berlin won’t be about Obama.  It will honor previous generations of stalwarts against an evil empire that Academia defended for decades.  Whether Obama joined them in that effort as a student is not material; after all, there is a time and a place for foolishness, and that’s college.  It’s not that Obama doesn’t think that the fall of the wall is a good thing, but that it has nothing to do with him, and is therefore irrelevant.


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Obama may believe that the Cold War just ended, but the Russians know that they lost and this is not a happy moment for them.

You too have no idea what you are talking about.

Do you think the Russians liked communism?

100 million Russian Orthodox Christians were murdered for their faith.

Communism is NOT a Russian invention.

Russia was the cornerstone of Christianity at the time the Bolshevik coup.

This is a very important topic because a new form of communism(liberalism/secular fascism) is at work dominating here in the U.S..it begins by attempting to DeChristianize our culture(which they have already done) and eventually takes away all of our rights.

Don’t conflate the Christian Russian people with communism.

Communism is not a Russian invention.

People in Russia hate communism.

For the first time in your life do some simple research!

For starters, read about the inventor of communism, Moses Hess!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moses_Hess

MaximusConfessor on October 26, 2009 at 3:36 PM

The fall of the Berlin Wall not only took place before the Age of Obama, it is a clearly positive effect of a Republican administration.

There’s no way Obama can acknowledge it.

malclave on October 26, 2009 at 3:37 PM

I think Sarah Palin should go. After all, she is now a private citizen.

kringeesmom on October 26, 2009 at 3:40 PM

For starters, read about the inventor of communism, Moses Hess!

Here’s where it starts to be about the joooooos!

And I’m sure the poor, harmless Arabs, who only want to live in peace will be brought in too.

I’ve seen this movie before, I’m outta here.

NoDonkey on October 26, 2009 at 3:41 PM

Why would a Communist (Obama) go to a place like Berlin, to commemorate the downfall of Communism? Of course he won’t show up there.

Jeff from WI on October 26, 2009 at 3:41 PM

I think the answer is simpler: Berlin won’t be about Obama. It will honor previous generations of stalwarts against an evil empire that Academia defended for decades. Whether Obama joined them in that effort as a student is not material; after all, there is a time and a place for foolishness, and that’s college. It’s not that Obama doesn’t think that the fall of the wall is a good thing, but that it has nothing to do with him, and is therefore irrelevant.

This should be the Quote of the Day.

rockmom on October 26, 2009 at 3:43 PM

I’ll wager that as long as Obama is President, he does not go to any of these international commemorations. He is trying to get the whole world to forget that the U.S. had any great history or any positive role in world affairs before He arrived to save us all.

rockmom on October 26, 2009 at 3:47 PM

C’mon! Everyone knows the answer to “Why Barry won’t go…?” It’s because this is not about Obama. He won’t be the one adored and praised and lauded. If it’s not about him, then he wants no part in it. That’s why he spoke at Tiergarten and sped off for Copenhagen and will trot into Oslo but avoid Berlin.

I’ve written about this before on Hot Air. President Obama never set foot in Kentucky during the aftermath of the ice storm last January. My liberal friends concluded that he might feel threatened, to which I said, “Bullscat!”

Kentuckians would have given the president a polite welcome, and that’s the problem. He’s not into subdued, quiet, or somber welcomes. If he thought that throngs of people would’ve laid down their chain saws and lined highways waving “Hope” and “Change” signs, then he would’ve been in Kentucky faster than the fastest three year old thoroughbred.

Don’t you get it? Obama’s bigger than the Berlin Wall. He’s bigger than Reagan and Gorbachev and Thatcher and John Paul II. He’s above the thousands — millions — who gave their lives in the struggle against Soviet communism. He’s greater than the hundreds of thousands of American soldiers who stood on that thin line in Europe over the course of five decades. He’s Obama! That’s all he needs to be and to share the stage with crummy people who have such simplistic views of the world and the world’s history is very beneath him.

Afterall, the United States did nothing good in the world until January 20, 2009.

Get it straight, folks!

Ampleforth on October 26, 2009 at 3:50 PM

I’ll wager that as long as Obama is President, he does not go to any of these international commemorations. He is trying to get the whole world to forget that the U.S. had any great history or any positive role in world affairs before He arrived to save us all.

rockmom on October 26, 2009 at 3:47 PM

I won’t take that bet, for you win. If it isn’t about Obama, is simply doesn’t exist.

Which is why I profile him as a low-grade psychopath.

Liam on October 26, 2009 at 3:57 PM

Obooba’s a Marxist.

The fall of the Wall was a setback for Marxists.

Hell no he won’t go to celebrate the Wall falling down in obedience to Ronaldus Maximus.

Akzed on October 26, 2009 at 3:58 PM

MaximusConfessor on October 26, 2009 at 3:36 PM

How can you say that America’s a Christian culture when it is not Orthodox?

Quite an admission by the Confessor.

Akzed on October 26, 2009 at 4:01 PM

If Russia really isn’t run by Communists anymore, then they would have no problem with The One going there, because after all they too are aghast and horrified by the excesses of the old Soviet Union…

Uh, right?

Dr. ZhivBlago on October 26, 2009 at 4:01 PM

The Russians think that Obama is a communist. They think that Obama is a weak man who is being controlled by others.

MaximusConfessor on October 26, 2009 at 4:03 PM

Where was Obama in 1989?

albill on October 26, 2009 at 4:03 PM

Obooba’s a Marxist.

The fall of the Wall was a setback for Marxists.

Hell no he won’t go to celebrate the Wall falling down in obedience to Ronaldus Maximus.

Akzed on October 26, 2009 at 3:58 PM

I don’t think so. Marxism is a vehicle for him and nothing more. The Marxists I met have conviction in their political theory, but Obama doesn’t go there.

Morre than anything, Obama’s matters start and end with Obama. There’s no convition to some ideology, like conservatives and Bible-thumpers have a reference.

By all I see, Obama’s ‘reference’ is what he sees in the mirror.

Liam on October 26, 2009 at 4:03 PM

Liam on October 26, 2009 at 4:03 PM

If you were right he’d be all over the map.

Instead, he has consitently advocated redistributionist policies for decades.

He may not be the most doctrinaire of Marxists, but he’s a Marxist, and he’s not gonna go celebrate any setbacks for Marxism.

Akzed on October 26, 2009 at 4:06 PM

I wouldn’t argue that Communism is a purely Russian invention, and while most Russians do hate Communism, Capitalism hasn’t been the greatest for a lot of the older Russians (due in part to the corrupt nature of the Bureaucracy, etc.) This is largely because of how they viewed themselves in the world at the time of communism and associated their power and prestige with it.

Communism as it occurred in Russia is different from how Marx envisioned it. In Russia it was the poor peasants and not the Proletariats (the workers/working class) that overthrew the bourgeoisie. So in a sense, saying that Communism is a Russian invention is somewhat true, given when we think of Communism we think not only of Obama (attempt at humor, sorry :P) but mainly of Russian Communism.

Ahh, see? Being a college History Major serves a purpose! If only I had less communism in my courses, I’d be happy!

Vortaine on October 26, 2009 at 4:08 PM

That speach was months ago. That has no relevance to his policies of today.

barnone on October 26, 2009 at 4:11 PM

MaximusConfessor on October 26, 2009 at 3:36 PM

Pop quiz: Where was most of the Communist economic, military and technological power centralized during the 20th century? What country was this capital (Moscow) located in? Where did Putin get his orders from?

cs89 on October 26, 2009 at 4:13 PM

mesh mesh mesh

what a mesh he’s created for himself

John the Libertarian on October 26, 2009 at 4:14 PM

Akzed on October 26, 2009 at 4:06 PM

Yes, as you said. But Obama IS all over the map. Look at all the MSM praises, and a reporter bowing to him of all things.

Yes, he’s into redistributing, but not in a Marxist way. Somewhere and always, he needs to be in the mix. That’s not a true Marxist, as I’ve met such people.

Yes, and again on your side, he’s a Marxist but not a true one. He wants, demands, and requires for himself. Stalin would have purged him, too.

You are right again: Obama won’t celebrate Marxist failures. But I see it as about his own overinflated ego: he can’t match Kennedy or Reagan, and that galls him

Liam on October 26, 2009 at 4:15 PM

Listen Ed and all you radical right-wing domestic terrorist extremists, I won! If I wanted to go to Berlin, I would go. And just by going I would make it all about me. But I don’t want to go. I’m busy doing important political stuff. I think I have a pick up basketball game scheduled that day.

Let me be clear. You can’t keep listening to Rush Limbaugh, watching Fox and reading hotair if you want to get along in the new United States of Chicagoland Politics.

It’s not like hotair is a real news blog. They have a . . . “perspective.”

And for the last time, there are no death panels in the “Health” care reform plan. But Ed, it would be a real shame if you were to come down with the flu. I’m just saying it might be healthy if you were to stick to the talking points that Rahm and Axelrod have been sending you.

- Barack Hussein Obama
Mmmm, mmmm, mmmm
/sarc

Ordinary American on October 26, 2009 at 4:16 PM

He painted a house on September 11. He’s ignoring the Berlin Wall Commemoration. I wonder what he’ll do on December 7th for Pearl Harbor Day?

behiker on October 26, 2009 at 4:17 PM

I think the answer is simpler: Berlin won’t be about Obama.

Ed, I think you nailed it!

4shoes on October 26, 2009 at 4:17 PM

I think the answer is simpler: Berlin won’t be about Obama. It will honor previous generations of stalwarts against an evil empire that Academia defended for decades. Whether Obama joined them in that effort as a student is not material; after all, there is a time and a place for foolishness, and that’s college. It’s not that Obama doesn’t think that the fall of the wall is a good thing, but that it has nothing to do with him, and is therefore irrelevant.

That’s accurate, I think, and beautifully expressed.

Kralizec on October 26, 2009 at 4:18 PM

“Mr. Putin.Put back this wall.”
.
.
Doesnt really have much of a ring to it does it?

hanoverfist on October 26, 2009 at 4:19 PM

It is simply not possible for Obama to EVER acknowledge how wrong his position throughout the 80′s was when the Berlin Wall fell!

Obama has HATED President Reagan his entire life.

Freddy on October 26, 2009 at 4:22 PM

Reaching. Isn’t it a bit more likely that this has more to do with Obama being in Washington to help push through his congressional agenda before the recess? And this is just petty… Sure, it’s historically significant, but this ain’t exactly a UN security council meeting (not that anything happens there either).
 
1) At least entertain the possibility that this is irrelevant not just because it fails to prop up Barry’s Ego, but simply because in the next two weeks, there are far more pressing issues at hand that need to be resolved before congress adjourns for the holiday recess. You know… like that huge party over in Afghanistan that I keep hearing about. Or perhaps the Waterloo/ Universal Health Care saga… If this thing continues to fall apart, count on them finding a way to achieve a moral victory by attaching something bold into a critical defense spending bill at the 11th Hour. Democrats know what’s at stake right now, both for our President, and for their party. They will not have a Holiday recess where the only thing to talk about is Obama/ Democrat failures. They need a victory, no matter how small, and for that, Barry’s gotta be in Washington.
 
2) Pick your battles. Consider that many of us sat here a few weeks ago and criticized Obama for prioritizing the Olympics over Afghanistan, and now, we’re criticizing him for actually ignoring a different international celebration of dwindling importance.
 
3) Wouldn’t we all rather Obama be more focused on staving off collapse of the United States than celebrating the collapse of the Soviets?
 
4) What advantage is it to any American, red or blue, to have our Commander in Chief look weak, innefective, or even hypocritical on the international stage?
 
Save your anger for matters of importance. Lord knows there are plenty of reasons to be furious right now… a trip to Berlin, or lack therof, certainly isn’t one of them.

Medicated on October 26, 2009 at 4:23 PM

The real reason Obama wouldn’t go is because he could never bring himself to join in a celebration of any set back in the collectivist, progressive movement.

He may oversee a new wall between our red states and blue states.

Star20 on October 26, 2009 at 4:24 PM

I wonder what he’ll do on December 7th for Pearl Harbor Day?

behiker on October 26, 2009 at 4:17 PM

Close down New York City to buy a pearl necklace for Michelle Obama ..?

macncheez on October 26, 2009 at 4:29 PM

You too have no idea what you are talking about.

Do you think the Russians liked communism?

100 million Russian Orthodox Christians were murdered for their faith.

Communism is NOT a Russian invention.
MaximusConfessor on October 26, 2009 at 3:36 PM.

Who said it was?

And when I was writing about the Russian people not being happy they lost the Cold War, I was talking about the Russian leaders such as Putin who was a member of the KGB and hence the Soviet establishment, not the Russian people.

I’m sure there’s discussion in the State Dept. about not wanting to offend the Russians by being too triumphic over the fall of the Berlin Wall. You don’t need any other explanation than that. No, it’s not about Bambi’s secret love for communism or his enormous ego.

It’s really about Obama’s belief that HE will remake the world anew and to do that, he needs to bury the past. Even (and perhaps especially) the past events which were victories for the United States.

If your foreign policy is built upon the premise: “The United States is an unexceptional nation” you apologize ceaselessly for your country’s “mistakes” and you minimize your country’s successes whenever possible.

PackerBronco on October 26, 2009 at 4:31 PM

maximus,
“100 million Russian Orthodox Christians were murdered for their faith.”

Don’t exaggerate; then others will use that as a reason for not considering your arguments.

exhelodrvr on October 26, 2009 at 4:41 PM

Present Obama won’t go to Berlin because it recalls a world view (no matter how tangentially) that he and his fellow travelers cannot embrace and outright reject.

In their view: Yes, the Soviet Union was bad, but we’re flawed as well and we ought not celebrate the failure of one system at the expense of not obsessing over our own deeply flawed system.

R Square on October 26, 2009 at 4:45 PM

A lot of the Russians that hated Communism migrated here as soon as they could. We have a large Russian community in the Denver area and they are all VERY thankful they live here.

Also, the former Russians we know are very conservative and did NOT vote for Obama.

Common Sense on October 26, 2009 at 4:49 PM

MaximusConfessor on October 26, 2009 at 3:36 PM

Would you care to comment on the topic? Why is Obama avoiding the ceremony?

We know the typical Russian citizen suffered and railed under Communism. We remember their jokes, like “Everybody’s working, but there’s nothing on the shelves.” The poster was referring to the power structure. You remember, those wooden looking guys who used to wave from the parapet as the tanks and troops paraded. Your prism is very tiny, and clouded. Do you whip yourself bloody in front of a little shrine at night?

Meremortal on October 26, 2009 at 4:49 PM

His “Telly’s” are in the shop that day!

chickasaw42 on October 26, 2009 at 4:51 PM

wonder what he’ll do on December 7th for Pearl Harbor Day?

Apologize to the Japanese for our ships getting in the way of their bombs?

NoDonkey on October 26, 2009 at 4:52 PM

Here we must disagree, Ed. I’d say he doesn’t want to join the celebration because he doesn’t want to offend Russia (or something). That seems to be the guiding principle behind many of his foreign policy decisions.

AbaddonsReign on October 26, 2009 at 4:53 PM

Wouldn’t that anniversary celebration be a perfect opportunity for additional apologies?

exhelodrvr on October 26, 2009 at 4:54 PM

Not happening.

He’s afraid that he’d have to be confronted by the reality that his beloved Workers’ Paradises have always been the regimes where they have to put up walls to keep people IN.

Chickyraptor on October 26, 2009 at 5:09 PM

Obama is not going to Berlin because:

He sees nothing to gain.

He knows his statist friends in academia would be upset.

He is scared to death of Russia for some reason.

Meremortal on October 26, 2009 at 5:16 PM

Obama is a commie symp. He would not go to Berlin to lend support to those who overcame commie oppression just as he would not lend a hand to Iranian hope n changers seeking to cast off their oppressive regime. Obama would have to mention the axis of evil were he to be in Berlin on the 20th anniversary of freedom: Reagan Thatcher and John Paul II (Pope) whose courageous actions led to this happy day. Obama could not stomach that nor could his left wing koolaid base.

eaglewingz08 on October 26, 2009 at 5:18 PM

Berlin won’t be about Obama.

Nailed it. Besides Barry wasn’t around then. So he can’t get with Joe Biden “and just make shit up”.

GarandFan on October 26, 2009 at 5:32 PM

Pleeeease go to Havana, Venezuela or Iran.

Texyank on October 26, 2009 at 3:19 PM

Actually, since last November, I’ve been hoping Obama would go someplace a lot lot warmer, damned hot, hellishly hot.

coldwarrior on October 26, 2009 at 5:53 PM

You are spot on, Ed, but have you seen any occasion that Obama couldn’t turn around and make about himself? The prospect of being a complete bore hasn’t stopped him yet. I’m guessing that the occasion just doesn’t advance Obamacare or fascism in general, so why bother.

SKYFOX on October 26, 2009 at 6:22 PM

I think the answer is simpler: Berlin won’t be about Obama. It will honor previous generations of stalwarts against an evil empire that Academia defended for decades.

Sadly, Ed, you are right.

But given one of today’s interesting headlines, maybe this could help persuade him otherwise.

Trochilus on October 26, 2009 at 7:09 PM

I’m telling you that whole generations of our young were taught that the Cold War was made up of over-hyped myths that demonstrate only American aggression. People in their 40′s or younger fail to see the significance of the fall of the Berlin Wall as a symbol or as a reality of the collapse of the Soviet threat.

onlineanalyst on October 26, 2009 at 7:14 PM

Yes, he’s into redistributing, but not in a Marxist way. Somewhere and always, he needs to be in the mix. That’s not a true Marxist, as I’ve met such people.

Yes, and again on your side, he’s a Marxist but not a true one. He wants, demands, and requires for himself. Stalin would have purged him, too.

You are right again: Obama won’t celebrate Marxist failures. But I see it as about his own overinflated ego: he can’t match Kennedy or Reagan, and that galls him

Liam on October 26, 2009 at 4:15 PM

What does that even mean?? He’s not a Marxist Marxist?
For all practical purposes and more importantly, end result realities..whats the difference?

Itchee Dryback on October 26, 2009 at 7:15 PM

Schadenfreude on October 26, 2009 at 2:48 PM

The RealClearPolitics piece that you cite has a very telling paragraph toward the end that explains the disdain our Congress has in representing the thinking of its constituents. It also notes the foolishness of the word bipartisan.

onlineanalyst on October 26, 2009 at 7:30 PM

The media has a very nice report on the Berlin Wall 20 years later, no not American media silly, France24.Bild, back in July reported that Obama has yet to accept Merkel’s invitation to the 20 anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9.

BDU-33 on October 26, 2009 at 7:32 PM

It’s not that Obama doesn’t think that the fall of the wall is a good thing

Ummmm.. Ed, its ok.. you can call him a communist minded moron.His mother was a radical. He grew up under the mentorship of Frank Marshall Davis, a member of the American Communist party.

He followed in the footsteps of a Chicago communist, Saul Alinsky for God’s fricking sake.

And by the way, he is good friends with Bill Ayers AND his wife Bernadine Dorn Ayers – both of them avowed communists who believed in violently overthrowing the US government violently.

Does any one think that Obama is genuinely happy about the fall of the Wall ? – au contraire, he would have been shocked that it even happened and angry with Reagan for bringing about the fall of Communism.

I would go so far as to say that the 20th anniversary would have been dishonored by the presence of this commie President.

nagee76 on October 26, 2009 at 9:15 PM

Just a note, Merkel doesn’t think much of Obama. She finds him distasteful. So does Sarkozy. Merkel wouldn’t go along with giving more money to the IMF because she said “we can’t afford it”. Sarkozy told him at the UN “we don’t live in a virtual world”. Obama doesn’t like to be told “NO”.

elclynn on October 26, 2009 at 9:27 PM

He painted a house on September 11. He’s ignoring the Berlin Wall Commemoration. I wonder what he’ll do on December 7th for Pearl Harbor Day?

behiker on October 26, 2009 at 4:17 PM

He did take time to celebrate the muslim holiday, surely his idea of submission.

dthorny on October 27, 2009 at 12:05 AM

I think the answer is simpler: Berlin won’t be about Obama. It will honor previous generations of stalwarts against an evil empire that Academia defended for decades. Whether Obama joined them in that effort as a student is not material; after all, there is a time and a place for foolishness, and that’s college. It’s not that Obama doesn’t think that the fall of the wall is a good thing, but that it has nothing to do with him, and is therefore irrelevant.

B. I. N. G. O!

Nothing to stop Sarah and other aspiring freedom-loving leaders from showing up to show unity with the Germans and declaring “Ich bin immer noch ein Berliner“.

And while at it, offer support to the beleaguered European allies having to countenance a belligerent Russia that wishes the Wall was back and higher.

AH_C on October 27, 2009 at 1:34 AM

Does any one think that Obama is genuinely happy about the fall of the Wall ? – au contraire, he would have been shocked that it even happened and angry with Reagan for bringing about the fall of Communism.

I would go so far as to say that the 20th anniversary would have been dishonored by the presence of this commie President.

nagee76 on October 26, 2009 at 9:15 PM

Any odds that he’ll use the anniversary day to H/T, oh say Castro? Why not? He already pulled the rug from Poland on the anniversary of getting attacked.

Epic Fail.

Hmmm. Passing strange that dips**t Sean Penn is off to Cuba on a ‘reporting’ assignment. No doubt we’ll hear something asnine from Penn on that day.

AH_C on October 27, 2009 at 1:42 AM

For starters, read about the inventor of communism, Moses Hess!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moses_Hess

MaximusConfessor on October 26, 2009 at 3:36 PM

He may have been influential, or in the direct philsophical lineage of the modern marxist, but considering that Spenser had a rather lengthy passage in the Faerie Queene devoted to denouncing communist thought in the 1590s, I doubt someone born in the early 1800s invented it.

Thou foolishe Elfe (said then the Gyant wroth)
Seest not, how badly all things present bee,
And each estate quite out of order go’th?
The sea itself doest thou not plainely see
Encroch vppon the land there vnder thee;
And th’earth it selfe how daily its increast,
By all that dying to it turned be?
Were it not good that wrong were then surceast,
And from the most, that some were giuen to the least?

Spoiler: the robot kicks the giant’s ass for being a pinko.

fronclynne on October 27, 2009 at 4:41 AM

Quoting Ed Morrissey from the opening commentary to this thread (above):

… It’s not that Obama doesn’t think that the fall of the wall is a good thing, but that it has nothing to do with him, and is therefore irrelevant.

Ouch!!!!!

Don’t mince words, Ed.

Please tell us what you TRULY think!

Would it be safe to say that you view Barrack Hussein Obama as an egotistical self centered, narcissistic, selfish, arrogant, selfish individual with a Messiah complex, without regard for what is right and just, but only for what makes him shine, what makes him receive praise and adoration?

In other words, there are no values or principles involved in Our Lord and Savior Barrack Hussein Obama’s (Peace be Unto Him. Praise His Holy Name. Bow before him in humble submission and prostration – /sarcasm off) heart, mind, and soul, save for a leftist one, which means there are none, but he does embrace adoration and praise when it is directed upon himself.

William2006 on October 27, 2009 at 5:00 AM

BECAUSE HE’S A COMMUNIST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MirCat on October 27, 2009 at 7:27 AM

William2006 on October 27, 2009 at 5:00 AM

To me, the recent carrying on by the Administration is the political equivalent of rogue anti-virus and anti-spyware notices, the ones that are really inducements to download more and more infections into the system.

The have control of the White House and Congress, and they want to keep creating the sense of crisis that supports their initiatives, even in the face of considerable and growing grass-roots opposition to many troubling elements of their agenda.

So they also need to stop or at least contain any counter-intuitive messaging, such as containing what is coming from Fox and from a considerable number of internet sources. They are particularly troubled by the exposure of ACORN because organizationally it is a group so closely tied to him, and is crucial to solidifying a permanent electoral base.

They are somewhat frantically asking the other nets to ignore Fox — not to follow anything they say, because they “are not a real news organization.”

That’s their flashing notice. In other words, pay no attention to any Fox news story lead, such as Fox going first with the actual on air broadcasting of the ACORN exposes. They are also pleading with the other nets to pay no attention to any evidence Fox is broadcasting that the tea-partiers are by-and-large normal, and concerned citizens.

The Obama team is attempting to solidify a full-fledged propaganda operation now, building on Anita Dunn’s boasting about controlling the media message during the campaign. The trouble is that that desire runs counter to the motivation to be first with a story, even if it means running with a few false starts.

This Administration is showing that it is clearly intolerant of the mainstreaming of any information that runs contrary to their message.

Yes, they embraced that early adorational attitude toward Obama, and are probably fearful that even any “humanizing” of him at this point will hurt the cause. But make no mistake, their agenda is the thing, not the narcissistic streak of The One.

Trochilus on October 27, 2009 at 10:32 AM

There appears to be any number of reasons that Obama would not go to Germany to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. All have some merit and probably hit a nail on the head. I am sure his people will not be mentioning any of them.

For lack of being there or having a recording, imagine Frank Davis, a Moscow appointed leader in the Communist Party USA, discussing the fall of the wall with Obama. Wheather he did or not, Obama would know what his mentor would have said about it and of course being the devote follower he has shown to be, would have agreed. Going to Berlin would be akin to going to the birthday party of the man who destroyed the family business, and being expected to say nice things about him.

That he has had the invitation since July sits aside any reasoning that the current crisis has any bearing on his not attending the celebration. It clearly shows that he had no intention of doing so.

Obama has shown in many ways that he is a narcissist. There is a loud ring of truth to the observation that he wants everything to be about him, to be a cause to notice him and listen to what he has to say, even if he has already said it a thousand times. He seems to have a very short list of things he wants to say; at least that he knows will illicit the response from his followers that he needs. He probably is fully aware that the European leaders do not approve of him and share an opinion that he is weak and lacking in knowledge that he needs to be president in today’s world. A narcissist is not going to place himself in a situation where he is seen as less than he invisions of himself.

Though not an original reason for not accepting the invitation to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the current situation with his nationalized healthcare on the ropes would make a trip to Germany inconvinent. Not to say that Obama himself is working on it or any other political stuff. Healthcare is his number one priority upon which everything that he hopes to achieve for himself hinges upon. If healthcare legistlation crumbles, so does the foundation upon which he needs to build his vision of a socialist state. It has been a position of the communist and socialist since 1944 that the way to bring America to a socialist state was through a national healthcare system. That has been what Obama has been taught through is communist mentoring and associations, and what is effectively his mandate to achieve. In his mind his being elected to the presidency placed that mandate upon him by the people. Failure is not an option for a narcissist, nor is being ignored or placed lower than others.

Franklyn on October 27, 2009 at 2:18 PM

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