Prominent fanboy: Obama’s speech was ruined by the Berlin sun

posted at 6:01 pm on June 19, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

It was the glare that got him. Maybe the glare has been the problem the whole second term:

So, that‘s why global warming is next on the laser-focused agenda of the prez!

As to the substance of the speech, I suppose if we were still bothering to call these things by names, it’d be the “Peace With Justice” speech. That was the refrain, at least— a sort of attempt to analogize the triumph of freedom’s forces over the most brutal oppressive regimes of the 20th century through a combination of sheer human spirit, great leadership, and concerted military might with “investments” like Cash for Clunkers.

Meh, enjoy the text if you so desire.

Bill Kristol goes after President Obama’s characteristically passive construction in describing the triumph of free people over Communism:

In 1953, the citizens of East Germany chose freedom. But their uprising failed. It failed because it was repressed by superior power—by armed force, by military might. If you were a 30-year old who sought freedom in 1953, your dream of living in freedom wasn’t fulfilled until you were 66. And it was fulfilled in large part because of Western military strength, and in particular Reagan’s military build-up.

So it’s not enough for citizens to “choose” freedom or justice. Freedom needs to be backed by strength. Otherwise it loses. Otherwise we see what Leo Strauss called “the sorry spectacle of justice without a sword or of justice unable to use the sword.” Contra Obama, the lesson of 1953—and of the Weimar Republic, to which Strauss was referring—is that merely wishing for justice, and seeking freedom, is not enough.

It would pay greater honor to the brave men and women of 1953 to acknowledge this fact.

Keith Koffler at White House Dossier notes the optics were indeed bad, and it wasn’t just the sun’s fault:

The president was sweating profusely – you could see the outlines of his undershirt. There were ghostly reflections off the protective glass in front of him. And instead of heaving throngs of admirers, Obama addressed 6,000 or so invited guests.

And something was wrong with TOTUS!

Obama was peering down at his script instead of using his trusty teleprompter. We’re not accustomed anymore to seeing our leaders glance toward the lectern to read, so the president came off looking as if he couldn’t remember his lines and kept having the check.

Keith also puts 2008’s Obama speech in Berlin next to this one for comparison. It was less sweaty.

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Resist We Much on June 19, 2013 at 6:13 PM

Ich bin ein Snooper w/b more authentic.

Schadenfreude on June 19, 2013 at 6:15 PM

But what is it in Austrian?

VorDaj on June 19, 2013 at 7:04 PM

I bin a Schnüffler.

Gelsomina on June 19, 2013 at 9:15 PM

What was the fly situation?

onlineanalyst on June 19, 2013 at 9:27 PM

Always love a good TOTUS joke. “The Glare” is my official Summer 2013 catch-all excuse.

Christien on June 19, 2013 at 9:28 PM

I wonder what the basis was for an invitation?

onlineanalyst on June 19, 2013 at 9:28 PM

Wow, haven’t heard “I lost it in the sun” since intramural softball.

AZfederalist on June 19, 2013 at 10:22 PM

And once again Chrissie Tingles re-affirms what an a** wipe he still is and always will be.

stukinIL4now on June 20, 2013 at 2:03 AM

Awwww, poor Zero couldn’t find a Marine to hold an umbrella over his empty head to shield the sun?

MrKleenexMuscles on June 20, 2013 at 3:41 AM

Does anyone else find it ironic and hypocritical of the German people–the GERMAN people–to be complaining about Guantanamo Bay?

Hello…the people who built Auschwitz and Dachau and Buchenwald have the nerve to complain about a prison where the prisoners play soccer and read their sacred texts and get three squares a day?!?!

Is it just me, friends???

Grace_is_sufficient on June 20, 2013 at 5:06 AM

The sun got in my eyes and the dog ate my homework! Barry BAMSTAHHHHHHH!!!!! YOU DA MANNNNNNNNNNN BAMMMMMMMY BABYYYY!!! LOVE YA BARRY OL BUDDY OL PALLLLLLL!!!!!! YAHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

dee on June 6:20 PM

cableguy615 on June 20, 2013 at 5:35 AM

The Berlin Sun Ruined Obama’s Teleprompter?

Maybe it was powered by Solyndra! But didn’t Obama have a better suntan than previous Presidents?

There was a President who came to Berlin and shouted something his speechwriters had taken out of his script: “Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall !”

And Mr. Gorbachev did…

Steve Z on June 20, 2013 at 9:09 AM

Lost it in the sun. I remember something like that from the movie The Natural. Bump Bailey told the team manager he lost the fly ball in the sun. The team manager looked up at the cloudy sky and said…Blinding!!!

logicman_1998 on June 20, 2013 at 10:10 AM

O’s Berlin speech on 19 June 2013: 86°F

O’s Berlin speech on 28 July 2008: 91°F


Resist We Much on June 20, 2013 at 7:32 PM