"While watching the BBC's live coverage of 20th anniversary events in Berlin, I found myself in that rare position of totally digging a Hillary Clinton speech, in which she gave good props to many of the most deserving actors in the toppling of communism...until she uncorked an excruciating segue: And now, she said, I have the pleasure to introduce a man who tore down different kinds of walls. Including walls of racial intolerance, etc.When Obama was in Berlin in 2008, "campaigning" at the Brandenburg Gate I wrote:
President Obama, whose absence from the celebration is (in my biased opinion) a national embarrassment, then delivered a video message, in which he included among a string of who'da-thoughts the fact that a U.S. president was of African descent."
Another example of what Obama can get away with without actually lying. In his Berlin speech he saidOf course, during the Cold War, Obama's father was on the other side, leaving Kenya, which was capitalist, for Harvard, which was socialist.
"At the height of the Cold War, my father decided, like so many others in the forgotten corners of the world, that his yearning—his dream—required the freedom and opportunity promised by the West. And so he wrote letter after letter to universities all across America until somebody, somewhere answered his prayer for a better life."
Other people on the other side include Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, large parts of the left wing of the Democratic Party,(especially the Watergate Congress that betrayed Vietnam) John Kerry, Bill Ayers, Obama's mother, and of course Obama himself, even if he was too young for the Days Of Rage in '69.
They were all on the winning side when Saigon fell, and on the losing side when the Berlin Wall fell. And the election of Obama is, if anything, a step back.