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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BAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!

Bishop?

rottenrobbie on June 19, 2013 at 6:05 PM

He was sweating like some sort of farm animal…. Oh,oh was that racist?

sandee on June 19, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Well that settles it. The Dems will be passing a law soon regulating sunlight. At least at “official government” speeches. It’s for the children and if it could save just one speech well, ..you get the picture.

HotAirian on June 19, 2013 at 6:09 PM

If the glare from the sun comes in at just the right angle, Obama looks just like his sperm donor, Adolf Hitler.

VorDaj on June 19, 2013 at 6:09 PM

I thought these geniuses loved solar power.

JeremiahJohnson on June 19, 2013 at 6:09 PM

Scheisse, that German sun hates Obama.

How the stupid Germans deserve Obama!

Schadenfreude on June 19, 2013 at 6:10 PM

I never accepted that excuse from teammates when I played baseball; I won’t accept it from Obama. He should have used his glove hand to shield his eyes from the glare.

BuckeyeSam on June 19, 2013 at 6:10 PM

Ha Ha!

-Nelson

22044 on June 19, 2013 at 6:10 PM

“Democracy is the art of running the circus from the monkey cage” — H.L. Mencken

Schadenfreude on June 19, 2013 at 6:11 PM

Sounds like an act of God.

JellyToast on June 19, 2013 at 6:11 PM

From 200,000 to 6,000 German fools.

Schadenfreude on June 19, 2013 at 6:13 PM

After the last few weeks of scandal I venture to say that it wasn’t the sun that was making Dear Marxist sweat.

HiJack on June 19, 2013 at 6:15 PM

If you switched sheets in the Teleprompter and put something like “Higgedly, piggeldy, my red hen/She lays eggs for gentlemen,” in the display box when the next page of the speech came up, Obama would read it.

And Chris Matthews would declare it stirring.

jon1979 on June 19, 2013 at 6:15 PM

Pics of the Day: Ich Ben Ein Snooper!

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

The Prince of Darkness

faraway on June 19, 2013 at 6:16 PM

Sounds like an act of God.

JellyToast on June 19, 2013 at 6:11 PM

It’s God’s fault that The Most Magnificent Leader’s second term is of to a rocky start.

– Chrissy Matthews.

rbj on June 19, 2013 at 6:19 PM

Fanboy. Ha, ha. I love that. That is exactly what Chrissy is. A pitiful little fanboy rocking the biggest man-crush I have ever seen in my life.

And, yeah. My president is sweaty ole bore without TOTUS.

Rational Thought on June 19, 2013 at 6:20 PM

So it’s not enough for citizens to “choose” freedom or justice. Freedom needs to be backed by strength. Otherwise it loses.

The progressive/lib who understands this idea is one of the worlds most rare creatures.

peski on June 19, 2013 at 6:20 PM

The sun got in my eyes and the dog ate my homework! Barry Obama aka the messiah…

sandee on June 19, 2013 at 6:20 PM

The reason there was only 6,000 there was because these were just “invited” guests? That’s a worse excuse than “The sun was in my eyes”.

Wait, you mean he used both excuses? Really? I guess “I inherited this from Bush” wasn’t available.

dirtseller on June 19, 2013 at 6:20 PM

If he’d be the “smaahtest man to ever be president” he wouldn’t need a prompter. Clinton’s malfunctioned once and he never skipped a beat.

Alas, if he’s not that smart then he’s one of the Three Monkeys of Oblivion or one of the Stooges.

Make up your mind leftists.

Schadenfreude on June 19, 2013 at 6:21 PM

Ich Ben Icarus

faraway on June 19, 2013 at 6:23 PM

Ich ein Whiner.

portlandon on June 19, 2013 at 6:24 PM

The sun got in my eyes and the dog ate my homework! Barry Obama aka the messiah…

sandee on June 19, 2013 at 6:20 PM

The cat ate his homework, barky ate the dog.

VegasRick on June 19, 2013 at 6:25 PM

Ahhh, the puppet had no strings..

hillsoftx on June 19, 2013 at 6:26 PM

Mmmmm, I thought Obama IS the Sun, Moon and stars?

Very confusing.

PappyD61 on June 19, 2013 at 6:28 PM

Fun

Schadenfreude on June 19, 2013 at 6:29 PM

Mark this day on the calendar.

The failed Obama Presidency officially rode off into the sunset.

BTW,if you were a gambling person, where would you put your money:
Putin backing Assad in Syria, or Obama backing the rebels?

I think it’s a foregone conclusion.

MichaelGabriel on June 19, 2013 at 6:30 PM

What’s that old wives tale about vampires melting in the full glare of the sun?

wyntre9 on June 19, 2013 at 6:30 PM

The Germans should have kept him.

Schadenfreude on June 19, 2013 at 6:30 PM

If you switched sheets in the Teleprompter and put something like “Higgedly, piggeldy, my red hen/She lays eggs for gentlemen,” in the display box when the next page of the speech came up, Obama would read it.

And Chris Matthews would declare it stirring.

jon1979 on June 19, 2013 at 6:15 PM

That’s why he called his daughter Jennifer in a speech a couple of years ago. He’s a great reciter.

slickwillie2001 on June 19, 2013 at 6:31 PM

Uh-oh, POS better watch out. He dissed Vlad again when he and Putin both requested solo workout time in the resort gym at the G8. Neither wanted to be in the company of the other. The POS “won” coz his request had been submitted first (a likely story) and Vlad bathed in the nearby river or something.

wyntre9 on June 19, 2013 at 6:32 PM

What’s that old wives tale about vampires melting in the full glare of the sun?

wyntre9 on June 19, 2013 at 6:30 PM


I did notice
that there was no shadow cast behind him!

slickwillie2001 on June 19, 2013 at 6:32 PM

The sun is racist.

Ha-Ha! Great tag line!

rickv404 on June 19, 2013 at 6:33 PM

Uh-oh, POS better watch out. He dissed Vlad again when he and Putin both requested solo workout time in the resort gym at the G8. Neither wanted to be in the company of the other. The POS “won” coz his request had been submitted first (a likely story) and Vlad bathed in the nearby river or something.

wyntre9 on June 19, 2013 at 6:32 PM

The REB didn’t bring the White House gym with him on an Air Force cargo plane? What’s up with that, budget-cuts?

slickwillie2001 on June 19, 2013 at 6:34 PM

“It’s God’s fault that The Most Magnificent Leader’s second term is of to a rocky start.”

That doesn’t work. In Tingles head the POS IS GOD. (And in the POS’s head)

wyntre9 on June 19, 2013 at 6:35 PM

Wonder if he’s sweating this.
http://www.military.com/daily-news/2013/06/17/judge-obama-comments-unlawful-command-influence.html?ESRC=army-a.nl

docflash on June 19, 2013 at 6:26 PM

Look up “shooting your mouth off” and you will find a picture of barky. He will get us into a hot war before we are rid of him.

VegasRick on June 19, 2013 at 6:36 PM

The biggest threat of our time is YOU.

Schadenfreude on June 19, 2013 at 6:37 PM

HEADLINE:

OBAMA LOSES GIFT

BobMbx on June 19, 2013 at 6:38 PM

Look up “shooting your mouth off” and you will find a picture of barky. He will get us into a hot war before we are rid of him.

VegasRick on June 19, 2013 at 6:36 PM

His German buddies hate nothing more.

Schadenfreude on June 19, 2013 at 6:38 PM

I still haven’t seen the bungled speech. Link anyone?

ladyingray on June 19, 2013 at 6:38 PM

What a petty nasty POS.

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin will go for an early morning swim in the icy waters of Lough Erne during the course of the G8 summit in Northern Ireland, as US President Barack Obama has already reserved a local gym with a swimming pool and refused to back down on his decision, reports The Times.

A source in British police confirmed the Putin rumor.

The water in the lake is rather chilly, but “That’s how the President likes it. He has, after all, swum in Siberia,” the newspaper notes.

Read more: http://english.ruvr.ru/news/2013_06_17/President-Putin-rumored-to-swim-in-icy-lake-at-G8-summit-7955/

wyntre9 on June 19, 2013 at 6:39 PM

Uh-oh, POS better watch out. He dissed Vlad again when he and Putin both requested solo workout time in the resort gym at the G8. Neither wanted to be in the company of the other. The POS “won” coz his request had been submitted first (a likely story) and Vlad bathed in the nearby river or something.

wyntre9 on June 19, 2013 at 6:32 PM

Instead of a workout, Vlad opted for some wrestling with lions, tigers, and bears. Then had a waffle for breakfast.

BobMbx on June 19, 2013 at 6:40 PM

His German buddies hate nothing more.

Schadenfreude on June 19, 2013 at 6:38 PM

Yes We Scan, from the Germans.

VegasRick on June 19, 2013 at 6:40 PM

Wonder if he’s sweating this.
http://www.military.com/daily-news/2013/06/17/judge-obama-comments-unlawful-command-influence.html?ESRC=army-a.nl

docflash on June 19, 2013 at 6:26 PM

Amazing Doc. The same could be said of his comments regarding the shooting of Travon Martin I think.

hawkdriver on June 19, 2013 at 6:40 PM

Yes we Scan!!

Galt2009 on June 19, 2013 at 6:41 PM

VegasRick on June 19, 2013 at 6:40 PM

Don’t forget Stasi 2.0!

Galt2009 on June 19, 2013 at 6:42 PM

Instead of a workout, Vlad opted for some wrestling with lions, tigers, and bears. Then had a waffle for breakfast.

BobMbx on June 19, 2013 at 6:40 PM

I picture our dear leader riding a stationary bike wearing a helmet.

VegasRick on June 19, 2013 at 6:42 PM

Amazing Doc. The same could be said of his comments regarding the shooting of Travon Martin I think.

hawkdriver on June 19, 2013 at 6:40 PM

Red line. Assad has to go. Gaddafi needs to go. He will get us into war soon.

VegasRick on June 19, 2013 at 6:44 PM

Here ya go, ladyingray. Some vintage POS complete with sea levels and everything.

Notice the sweat stains and the undershirt?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPDpsXmPhO8&feature=player_embedded

And here’s Tingles blaming the sun.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=vVwGVL_UPD4

wyntre9 on June 19, 2013 at 6:45 PM

Famine, floods, rising oceans and waves of refugees.

Who writes this drivel?

Must be failed novelist turned NSA adviser Ben Rhodes brother of CBS President David Rhodes.

wyntre9 on June 19, 2013 at 6:47 PM

Pics of the Day: Ich Ben Ein Snooper!

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

Yes We Scan?
Stasi 2.0?
I love these guys.

yesiamapirate on June 19, 2013 at 6:48 PM

VegasRick on June 19, 2013 at 6:42 PM

And mom jeans.

wyntre9 on June 19, 2013 at 6:49 PM

Wonder if he’s sweating this.
http://www.military.com/daily-news/2013/06/17/judge-obama-comments-unlawful-command-influence.html?ESRC=army-a.nl

docflash on June 19, 2013 at 6:26 PM

This reminds me of, “the police acted stupidly.”

Mason on June 19, 2013 at 6:50 PM

Wonder if he’ll rethink more DOE loans to the Solyndras of the world.

Bitter Clinger on June 19, 2013 at 6:51 PM

The sun is a RACIST !!!!!!

TeaPartyNation on June 19, 2013 at 6:53 PM

I read only 4,500 attended. Still too many.

dogsoldier on June 19, 2013 at 6:53 PM

And to think that many of us had to endure dozens and dozens of Obamatrons telling us at every opportunity what a wonderful and gifted orator Barry Obama truly was.

“Today, in the world of freedom, the proudest boast is “Ich bin ein Berliner!”… All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin, and therefore, as a free man, I take pride in the words “Ich bin ein Berliner!”

And:

“There is one sign the Soviets can make that would be unmistakable, that would advance dramatically the cause of freedom and peace. General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization, come here to this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”

Compare and contrast to:

“Peace with Justice means….something something, and peace with justice also means something else, and then some…and peace with justice means this…and that, too…and maybe this, also…and this, too…The wall belongs to history. But we have history to make as well…heroes that came before us now call to us to live up to those highest ideals…to care for the young people who can’t find a job in our own countries, and the girls who aren’t allowed to go to school overseas”

Gifted orator?

I believe he’d be challenged to get a phone-in order to Little Caesar’s right the first go-round…without copious notes.

coldwarrior on June 19, 2013 at 6:53 PM

Methadone..?

d1carter on June 19, 2013 at 6:53 PM

Totus glare.

unclesmrgol on June 19, 2013 at 6:54 PM

Just a point or two about fanboys if I may?

Bmore on June 19, 2013 at 6:54 PM

Ha!! Chris is upset because he wore his Depends for nothing…

right2bright on June 19, 2013 at 6:55 PM

“Mr. Obama, tear down that glass wall!!!”

albill on June 19, 2013 at 6:55 PM

I read half the speech before I gave up. It was all about “me”.

unclesmrgol on June 19, 2013 at 6:55 PM

I still haven’t seen the bungled speech. Link anyone?

ladyingray on June 19, 2013 at 6:38 PM

The White House Dossier link above, scroll down to see the speech.

d1carter on June 19, 2013 at 6:56 PM

Just a point or two about fanboys if I may?

Bmore on June 19, 2013 at 6:54 PM

Brilliant! But where was Chris Christie?

hawkdriver on June 19, 2013 at 6:57 PM

Creepy

SouthernGent on June 19, 2013 at 6:57 PM

Obama quoted Kennedy’s “Ich bin ein Berliner”, but not Reagan’s Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”

One thing for sure though is that in 10, 20, 30 years from now no future President will be quoting any lines from Obama’s Berlin speech….

It was blah, blah, blah…

albill on June 19, 2013 at 6:59 PM

Clearly a hate crime. Since liberals are powerful enough humans to be able to control all types of Global Warming, they should arrest the Sun immediately, and bring it before an American Court of Law!

Karmi on June 19, 2013 at 6:59 PM

Journalism IS still alive in Ireland.

H/T WZ

Parliamentarian Clare Daly said her country’s government had showcased the country “as a nation of pimps, prostituting ourselves in return for a pat on the head,” The Irish Times reports.The “unprecedented slobbering” during Obama’s two-day visit to Northern Ireland, she said, had even led to speculation that “you were going to deck the Cabinet out in leprechaun hats decorated with a bit of stars and stripes to really mark abject humiliation.”

“This is the man who is in essence stalling the Geneva peace talks [scheduled for next month] by trying to broker enhanced leverage for the Syrian opposition by giving them arms — and to hell with the thousands more who’ll lose their lives, or the tens of thousands who will be displaced,” Daly said.

“This is the man who has facilitated a 200 percent increase in the use of drones which have killed thousands of people, including hundreds of children.”

wyntre9 on June 19, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Well so much for the solar powered teleprompter…

right2bright on June 19, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Okay, I KNOW the Left would find delicious joy at George W. Bush sweating, or McCain looking at his notes, or the sun glaring down on Mitt Romney. I KNOW, I KNOW. But this president is so egregious, it’s like picking on whether the first lady’s bangs are stylish enough, when her ideology is so wrong, it hurts.

It’s fun to make fun, but doesn’t it just make you look petty? We always thought the Left was petty when they mocked Bush’s propensity to jog in an unfashionable way; or his regional pronunciation of nuclear; or his hateful, awful, ridiculous, painful Texasticularity. (Their position, not mine.)

Oh, what do I know. Maybe mockery is the most powerful weapon we have against the God-King, and perhaps The King Who Sweats and Forgets His Lines Without His Beloved TelePrompTer needs to be torn apart about the little things, too. But if I were on the other side, I’d use this kind of thing to say, “See? They’d hate our Dear Leader for any little thing. Why bother listening to them at all?”

slknoerr on June 19, 2013 at 7:00 PM

dogsoldier on June 19, 2013 at 6:53 PM

4000 were reporters…and then Obama’s entourage.

Karmi on June 19, 2013 at 7:02 PM

Ich bin ein Snooper w/b more authentic.

Schadenfreude on June 19, 2013 at 6:15 PM

You are a jelly Snoopy? :)

/obscure

BillH on June 19, 2013 at 7:03 PM

Ich bin ein Bullshitter!

hawkdriver on June 19, 2013 at 7:04 PM

Pics of the Day: Ich Ben Ein Snooper!

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

Ich bin ein Bullshitter!

hawkdriver on June 19, 2013 at 7:04 PM

OK, that must be the Austrian.

VorDaj on June 19, 2013 at 7:06 PM

Ich bin ein Bullshitter!

hawkdriver on June 19, 2013 at 7:04 PM
OK, that must be the Austrian.

VorDaj on June 19, 2013 at 7:06 PM

It is Mate. Shrimp on the barbie!

hawkdriver on June 19, 2013 at 7:07 PM

When Sarah Palin’s teleprompter went out during her RNC speech she proceeded without a hitch. Why couldn’t Pres. Obama do the same, Chrissie?

princetrumpet on June 19, 2013 at 7:18 PM

6,000 to hear his speech in Berlin – Obama

80,000 in St. Peter’s Sq. to hear his audience. – The Pope

The Pope for the win and he didn’t break a sweat in his cassock and it was 96 in Rome.

workingclass artist on June 19, 2013 at 7:19 PM

I read only 4,500 attended. Still too many.

dogsoldier on June 19, 2013 at 6:53 PM

I heard that many of them were former Stasi employees, resumes in hand, looking to join the NSA.

slickwillie2001 on June 19, 2013 at 7:21 PM

slknoerr on June 19, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Party pooper.

wyntre9 on June 19, 2013 at 7:23 PM

Journalism IS still alive in Ireland.

H/T WZ

Parliamentarian Clare Daly said her country’s government had showcased the country “as a nation of pimps, prostituting ourselves in return for a pat on the head,” The Irish Times reports.The “unprecedented slobbering” during Obama’s two-day visit to Northern Ireland, she said, had even led to speculation that “you were going to deck the Cabinet out in leprechaun hats decorated with a bit of stars and stripes to really mark abject humiliation.”

“This is the man who is in essence stalling the Geneva peace talks [scheduled for next month] by trying to broker enhanced leverage for the Syrian opposition by giving them arms — and to hell with the thousands more who’ll lose their lives, or the tens of thousands who will be displaced,” Daly said.

“This is the man who has facilitated a 200 percent increase in the use of drones which have killed thousands of people, including hundreds of children.”

wyntre9 on June 19, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Good for her…you forgot to add that Obama told the Irish that they should get rid of their Catholic Schools…cause they are divisive or something…Of course Obama is ignorant of the fact that the British had tried to do that to the Irish for centuries…That went over like a lead balloon.

workingclass artist on June 19, 2013 at 7:24 PM

Ich bin ein Arschloch.

wyntre9 on June 19, 2013 at 7:25 PM

workingclass artist on June 19, 2013 at 7:24 PM

So many gaffes. So little time.

“What about your GAFFES Mr. Romney.”

Remember that?!#$#!

wyntre9 on June 19, 2013 at 7:26 PM

wyntre9 on June 19, 2013 at 7:25 PM

Genau! Wahr, sehr wahr.

coldwarrior on June 19, 2013 at 7:39 PM

workingclass artist on June 19, 2013 at 7:24 PM

So many gaffes. So little time.

“What about your GAFFES Mr. Romney.”

Remember that?!#$#!

wyntre9 on June 19, 2013 at 7:26 PM

OY!

workingclass artist on June 19, 2013 at 7:39 PM

Sweet Chrissy has fantasies of a hot, sweaty obama going all Mandingo on him – obviously, he’s upset that all of that yummy obamasweat went to waste.

Pork-Chop on June 19, 2013 at 7:41 PM

wyntre9

I invented the term “Texasticularity” for the occasion of my rant! That forever removes me from the list of party poopers.

slknoerr on June 19, 2013 at 7:56 PM

Ich bin ein failure

jaywemm on June 19, 2013 at 7:57 PM

Barry gives new meaning to the term “corpse-man” …

ShainS on June 19, 2013 at 8:00 PM

The Sun is the least racist of all. If given the chance it would make us all the same color.

Oxymoron on June 19, 2013 at 8:03 PM

Gotta wonder if Chrissy uses a straw.

CW on June 19, 2013 at 8:11 PM

In my eyes,
Indisposed,
In disguise
As no one knows.
Hides the face,
Lies the snake,
And the sun
In my disgrace.
Boiling heat,
Summer stench.
‘Neath the black
The sky looks dead.
Call my name
Through the cream,
And I’ll hear you
Scream again.

Black hole sun,
Won’t you come
And wash away the rain?
Black hole sun,
Won’t you come?
Won’t you come?
Won’t you come?

OxyCon on June 19, 2013 at 8:11 PM

Just a point or two about fanboys if I may?

Bmore on June 19, 2013 at 6:54 PM

Didn’t know you made a series.

You forgot Michael Tomasky and libnotfreethendie

Schadenfreude on June 19, 2013 at 8:13 PM

It was Bush’s fault for changing Daylight Saving Time.

Left Coast Right Mind on June 19, 2013 at 8:58 PM

Sweet, forgiving Tingles. What a tool. His boy has exactly one job skill: reading a script from a TelePromPter. That’s it, no other skills. No other jobs!

So The One falls on his face in Berlin because the sun is at the wrong angle? Tingles, is that all you’ve got? More importantly, is that all The One has?

Humphrey on June 19, 2013 at 9:11 PM

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