Thursday, July 24, 2008

Obama in Berlin...

I come to Berlin as so many of my countrymen have come before. Tonight, I speak to you not as a candidate for President, but as a citizen -- a proud citizen of the United States, and a fellow citizen of the world.


Yeah, running for president had nothing to do with you speaking there, right....

All in all it was a decent speech and it seems he was a big hit in Germany...

But he is running for president of the United States, not Chancellor of Germany.

This begs a question that I asked way back in 2004...

'Would you vote for candidate X who could provide prosperty and safety with a plan that would result in country Y getting jerked over or would you vote for candidate Z instead who would not provide the same level of prosperty and safety'


Or putting it in the current context, why should I care what Europe thinks of the presidential candidates? Should folks in the UK give two shakes about what Americans think of Gordon Brown?

1 comment:

Rob_N said...

Considering these nations are our allies...

And we need NATO support in Afghanistan...

And the dollar is below the euro...

Yes, Americans should give two shakes what these countries think of us. Like it or not it's simply a much bigger, much more complex version of an old barn-raising -- takes the whole village to get 'er done -- and cooperative allies are much easier to work with than tepid ones.

As for PM Gordon Brown, would Pres. Reagan have been able to do as much as he did internationally without PM Thatcher?