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I think it's unlikely Obama will go to Berlin and make these kinds of demands about Afghanistan.  That would be presumptuous at this stage of the game, far more so than wanting to speak at Brandenburg Gate.  More likely it'll be a speech about "bringing the world together" and a mix of the usual DFH and KumbayObama stuff.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sat Jul 19th, 2008 at 10:31:49 AM EST
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well, that'd be fine...

what wouldn't would be some finger-wagging exceptionalist b.s. for the redneck domestic consumption, instrumentalising europe for a purely u.s. agenda.

i wish i could totally trust obama on this, we really need an american president who doesn't pretend to look down on us, (or over-venerate us for that matter!)

on. the. level. please barry. no trumpeted platitudes about how we should do anything. (or we'll tell you where to put yer war)

some tact, m'lad! be an example of a trans-nationalistic global citizen, if you really want us to warm to your cause more than we already do...

waving that tattered global hegemon flag over here will not win you any cookies.

save it for the rubes you need votes from back home, and just be your sweet self.

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sat Jul 19th, 2008 at 10:48:14 AM EST
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I think, on policy, I'd focus on climate change above anything else.  Something to the effect of, "You've led, and now we're going to meet you halfway."

That would make for a good speech.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sat Jul 19th, 2008 at 10:54:00 AM EST
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I would be very surprised, if Obama would say that.
  • US citizens could take it as insult, when a potential American president doesn't speak about "America has to lead", but in terms of following (see e.g. the flag pin debate on how sensitive Americans can react on issues, which can be interpreted critically towards them) // In any case he is not yet US president. So in a way his prime audience is still the US voter.
  • if he just wants to make his German and European followers happy, the KumbayObama (as you called it) will do it perfectly well. I think he can't do much to alienate them, except speaking about Afghanistan. So no need to alienate his voters at home.


Der Amerikaner ist die Orchidee unter den Menschen
Volker Pispers
by Martin (weiser.mensch(at)googlemail.com) on Sat Jul 19th, 2008 at 03:21:21 PM EST
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yeah, that is the most pressing issue, for sure.

i don't need him to be too humble, lol, but simply for him to accent unity and good faith in the same way he does back home.

he has a lot of savvy, i expect he'll finesse this ok.

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sat Jul 19th, 2008 at 03:25:32 PM EST
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