Obama's Berlin speech - Obamania? Not so much.Submitted by Colognepaulist on Sat, 07/26/2008 - 19:42
I just watched the youtube with the coverage of Obama's speech on public German TV station ZDF, browsed the German online comments on the event and thought on the tid and bits of information I got from other sources. Actually my impression is still rather murky, but since I promised some people to post about this event, here some rather sketchy remarks:
First, I'am happy I DID NOT make it to Berlin. Some may remember I took the initiative to alarm the Berlin meetupgroup to "show our colours" while Obama is in Berlin and even contemplated going there myself. Well, to all those people who supported the effort to alarm Berlin Paulists THANK YOU VERY MUCH (esp. to Liberty_Belle, who send them a very nice and informative Email too). The result was - NO ONE (with one noticable exception) did even reply. APATHY IN BERLIN - sad. Put that aside, there was hardly any chance anyway to show dissent at the Victory Column: tight airport-like security and no bills allowed. To be there (if not standing in the first ranks) seemed not to be a very impressive experience. Our paulistic informant wrote me, in hindsight he would have prefered to watch the speech on the TV at home.
The speech itself was interesting. I disagree with those who say it was a campaign speech. (Some pointed out it was too long for US TV stations anyway). No, the speech itself was very much adressed to the German people and I find that pretty worrysome. Why such a speech when he is not even president yet ? He adressed policy issues that are important in the eyes of the German public (War in Iraq, Global Warming, Nuclear arms Proliferation) and found nice and empty words for it. But he blended them very sleeky with some statements that are not popular in Germany : the "War on Terror" will continue, you have to send more troops to kill and die to Afghanistan, regarding Iran all options are on the table. This statements were not formulated directly, but clear enough for any German politician and political analysist to understand. And all linked to the NWO thread: You cannot stand aside, otherwise you are with the terrorists.
Obamania in Germany? I don't know. One has to differ between the people, the MSM and the politicians. The people are simply fed up with the Bush presidency, and even the MSM and the politicians are disenchanted with a regime, that is so obviously wicked and unreliable. For the people Obama embodies another America and since Germans are in their vast majority statist and internationalists, they think Obama's "Change" is an improvement to a free-market, america-first policy of the current American administration. And they are fascinated, he may be the first "black" president. The politicians are either unaware or allied to the defacto neo-conservative foreign policy to be expected by Obama.
Don't give too much on the pictures of the massive cheering crowd in Berlin. Berlin has 3.4 Mio inhabitants. Add to this the large crowd of tourists and the American Obamaniacs who travelled from all parts of Germany to Berlin, the perhabs 200.000 people on a central place in Berlin aren't too impressive. Given the nice weather and the mostly flattering words of Obama adressed to the crowd, it was no wonder the people cheerful. I guess the "Yes, we can!"-shouts were mainly uttered by the American Obamaniacs in the first ranks. OMG, we all should know it is not hard to orchestrate such an event.
And that brings me finally to a point that really troubles me: the way the event was presented by the German MSM. The life presentation of the public ZDF TV-station was IMHO straightforward a fascist one. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9jpvSFH5L0 There were most of the time three pictures: Obama himself filmed from a awestrucken distance and perspective (just indicating him as a superior being, but not showing the teleprompters), the total bird's-eye perspective showing the masses rallye in his direction (each sequence not long enough to show the spectator at home the large empty gap between the Victory Column and the public viewing zone at the Brandenburg Gate) and short views of (mostly) fascinated people in the crowd. Add to this the awestrucken voice of the translator on the TV this makes up to a fine piece of mass-deception. We had this once. And most news-papers headlines were enthusiastic too, sceptical voices (and there are many) banned from the front pages.
I'am afraid Obomba is really the anointed one.