Turns out that the Germans were no more comfortable with Obama than I am. They found him arrogant and disconcerting… much like myself.
From the NYT
“WITH gestures that ranged from a wink to a sneer, most anyone you met here this week volunteered the view that Barack Obama’s visit to Europe caused unprecedented frenzy. But it’s been hard for me to find a European, aside from two Harvard-educated friends in Paris, who confessed to excitement — not just about the visit, but the prospect of an Obama presidency.
It is true that Der Spiegel, the German newsweekly, featured Mr. Obama on its cover, topped by the words “Germany Meets the Superstar” — but the cover was satire, and nasty satire at that. The editors managed to find the ugliest photograph of Mr. Obama ever taken. It caught the senator at a moment that might be exhaustion but looks like conceited smirking. When Der Spiegel featured Mr. Obama on its cover in March, the cover line was “The Messiah Factor.” Must one add that this, too, was not meant to be taken at face value?
Europeans will be as relieved as 72 percent of Americans to see the end of the Bush administration, but their attitudes toward the Democratic candidate are far from being the same as the ones he arouses at home. Mr. Obama makes Europeans uncomfortable. “
And apparently, in Israel, Obama plastered the area around the Western Wall, aka the Wailing Wall, with campaign posters and paraphernaila… This is the holiest sight in Islam… and he put up campaign posters… seriously? The Israeli politicians don’t even do this… If I find this incredibly distasteful, what is the Jewish community gonna think?
BUT WAIT, you might say… he drew hundreds of thousands of people in Berlin and crowds everywhere! They loved him!
What the American media is not telling you is that the opening act for Obama at his “big” speech in Berlin happened to be 2 of the most popular bands in Europe giving a free concert.
Berlin is a place where massive festivals are run of the mill. The Love Fest was famous for gathering a million people or more, Octoberfest is just ridiculous… millions. 200k… with 2 massive European bands… pfft.
Kinda puts a different spin on things doesn’t it?
And then there is England… a place known for it’s wit and snark. Well, Gerard Baker from The Times certainly out did himself with the ultimate snark piece about Obama. I HIGHLY SUGGEST READING IT ALL.
Go HERE to read the whole thing, but here is a snippet for you:
“And it came to pass, in the eighth year of the reign of the evil Bush the Younger (The Ignorant), when the whole land from the Arabian desert to the shores of the Great Lakes had been laid barren, that a Child appeared in the wilderness.
The Child was blessed in looks and intellect. Scion of a simple family, offspring of a miraculous union, grandson of a typical white person and an African peasant. And yea, as he grew, the Child walked in the path of righteousness, with only the occasional detour into the odd weed and a little blow.
When he was twelve years old, they found him in the temple in the City of Chicago, arguing the finer points of community organisation with the Prophet Jeremiah and the Elders. And the Elders were astonished at what they heard and said among themselves: “Verily, who is this Child that he opens our hearts and minds to the audacity of hope?”
Doesn’t really sound like they are loving him does it? I didn’t think so either.
Even at home, his whirlwind tour of the world didn’t go over super well… he is down in many of the polls and virtually tied and McCain is gaining ground fast… especially in some of the key battleground states (CLICK HERE)
The NY Times snarked about Obama in Berlin… David Brooks essentially called Obama’s event in Berlin saccharine Disney on Acid that has jumped the shark.
WOW. Pretty strong words…
Still think the world tour was a success? I didn’t think so.
UPDATE: According to one of my readers, Casaloma, the 200k figure in Berlin… well that is what the Obama camp told the US press. The Germans apparently estimated the figure to be more like 20k. Still searching for confirmation on this, but would not be at all surprised.
UPDATE 7/28: www.puma08.com reports that not only were there 2 wildly popular bands giving a free concert, but the Obama camp was providing free pizza, brats and beer for the 3 hour long concert!
Yeah, all those people were there to see Obama LOL… what a fraud!
Update 7/30 – CLICK HERE to read about the huge controversy and possible legal violations that Obama was a likely party to at the Western Wall in Israel.
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