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Barack Obama accused of arrogance and inexperience over Berlin speech

Original post made by jr, Professorville, on Jul 11, 2008

American officials said the row set off by his choice of the location was undermining his efforts to portray himself as an astute decision maker despite his thin foreign policy track record.

They said it has also demonstrated the type of insensitivity to US allies that his campaign says has been a hallmark of the George W Bush administration.

Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel has clearly expressed her displeasure with the idea, saying the monument where Ronald Reagan famously exhorted the Soviet Union to "tear down" the Berlin wall should not be used for "electioneering" by the Democratic Party's nominee. Web Link

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Posted by pam
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Jul 11, 2008 at 5:07 pm

obama = george bush + 20 IQ points + progressivespeak + same old power structures = nothing different. how many obama changes can we believe in?

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Posted by mike
a resident of College Terrace
on Jul 11, 2008 at 5:24 pm

In March 2006, Barack Obama told The Hill that he could speak "Indonesian and a little Spanish."

But today at a campaign event in Ohio, Obama elaborated: "I don't speak a foreign language. It's embarrassing!

In Georgia he made 3 points

1. He told the audience members they should be more concerned with their children's learning Spanish than immigrants' learning English. Eighty-three percent of voters disagree.

2. Obama said that everyone should be bilingual. That's a lofty goal. We can all support that once every child has mastered, say, English and math and a few other basic subjects.

3. He illustrated the importance of learning a foreign language by saying how embarrassing it is that Europeans know English, French, and German, but Americans traveling Europe can only say "merci beaucoup." That was a condescending bow to our supposed European betters. And overstated, to boot.
Americans' knowledge of foreign languages is not that bad relative to that of Europeans.

Obama is pretending that he was attacked for merely saying we should all learn a foreign language. He should brush up on his English comprehension.

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Posted by A non-obasm
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 11, 2008 at 5:43 pm

Obama lost the ability to portray himself as an astute foreign policy decision maker long ago with his assertion that he would speak to Ahjmadinijad and other heads of terrorism with no preconditions, pull immediately out of Iraq, and invade Pakistan to find Osama.

He lost it on the domestic front when he dismissed middle America as gun-totin, church goin' bigots, claimed that he was going to raise capital gains taxes "on the rich" ( revealing an appalling ignorance of how capital gains taxes work and revealing no knowledge that over half of all Americans have capital gains every year), claimed to not know that his pastor was a racist who played vile victim politics in church, showed that he didn't have the guts to walk out of the church the moment he was busted being in such a church, called having babies a "punishment", ...and now, claiming embarrassment at Americans who don't speak other languages, as if he doesn't know that half of all black teens fail to graduate high school ( I am sure it is because they didn't learn Spanish!).

The guy is an absolute disaster, and if America elects him, God help our kids. If it weren't for the next generation I wouldn't care about if he gets in or not. But, because this guy with a far left congress can do irreparable harm to our nation, I fear him.

wake up, America. Yes, it would be nice to have a black president, and put to bed the notion of a racist America (which his candidacy alone has already done). But, don't sacrifice future generations to your feel good moment in the voting booth.

In his favor, I CAN defend that he has probably done a lot of good for the blacks of America. He has told fathers to stay home with their kids and kids to graduate high school. He has dethroned somme of the victimization pushed by Jesse Jackson ( hence Jesse's recent tantrum about castrating Obama..with friends like that and all the other Democrats who have been downright vicious, who needs Republicans?)

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Posted by a thought
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jul 11, 2008 at 10:15 pm

Obama does strike me as very arrogant, just like GW Bush always struck me and still strikes me as very arrogant.

I believe that the average American voter is impressed by arrogance, rather than substance, and will readily vote for an arrogant candidate.

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Posted by The Real Mike
a resident of College Terrace
on Jul 11, 2008 at 10:32 pm

The comments above by "Mike" (who is another one of my alter egos) is not authored by the "Real" Mike.

I guess there must be another "Mike" in CT. :)

I post here frequently, but make it a policy not to discuss national political issues.

It looks like there are quite a few people who have taken up my name; that's flattering, but it causes too much confusion.

So, Mike (the real Mike) is leaving town for a while, and asking a few of his friends to take over for him until he returns.

Se ya!!

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Posted by Zeke
a resident of another community
on Jul 12, 2008 at 3:21 pm

"The comments above by "Mike" (who is another one of my alter egos) is not authored by the "Real" Mike. ..."

This person has the worst case of megalomaniacal schizophrenia I can imagine.

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Posted by Mike
a resident of College Terrace
on Jul 12, 2008 at 3:26 pm

Zeke, I AM your god! :)

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