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Heavy-Handed Politics

"€œGod willing, with the force of God behind it, we shall soon experience a world
without the United States and Zionism."€ -- Iran President Ahmadi-Nejad

Wednesday, July 30, 2008


“What, what do you make of this? Let’s take another bite here because it was quite a speech. You have to judge for yourself but the speech had its thrill factor, certainly once again.” —MSNBC’s Chris Matthews

“Barack Obama’s overseas trip—it was almost flawless.” —CNN’s Jack Cafferty

“And I think what [Barack Obama is] trying to say, one of the messages that I heard was, ‘look, I’m not some wooly-headed liberal lefty that thinks we should all sing Kumbaya together. I’m here to tell them that we need international cooperation to beat the terrorists, to beat the extremists, to win the war in Afghanistan.’... But I think for the American voter he was saying, ‘look, I’m here speaking for our national security interests... My metaphor is the wall that Reagan used, not John Kennedy’s metaphor.” —CBS’s Jeff Greenfield

“[Obama] doesn’t have to equal McCain in [foreign policy and national security issues], he just has to make voters seem like he’s okay, he knows what he’s talking about.” —CBS’s Jeff Greenfield

“Here comes the orator! With his flood of words, and his drop of reason.” —Benjamin Franklin

“Obama has benefited from a week of good images. But substantively, optimism without reality isn’t eloquence. It’s just Disney.” —New York Times columnist David Brooks

“Why can’t Obama bring himself to acknowledge the surge worked better than he and other skeptics, including this page, thought it would? What does that stubbornness say about the kind of president he’d be?” —USA Today


In my humble opinion, I did not find anything stirring in his Berlin speech at all. At times, I felt he was running for the EU presidency. At times, I felt he was campaigning for the Beliners to vote for him as the next U.S. president.

It was short on substance - although that came as no big surprise to me.

He came across as lecturing them as if he was giving them a history lesson; yet much of what he said was factually incorrect or exaggerated.

I refer you to a good column by Dennis Prager in which he does a good job of fisking Barack and his Berlin speech.


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