President John F. Kennedy spoke to the frightened people of West Berlin on June 26, 1963. The crowd of 450,000 heard his pledge of solidarity when he uttered the iconic phrase, “Ich bin ein Berliner.”
On July 29, 2008, candidate Obama spoke to an estimated 200,000 Germans. On June 19, 2013, an estimated 4,500 (one one-hundredth the size of Kennedy’s) witnessed The Insufferable Airhorn being hampered by teleprompters that were on the fritz and a baking Berlin sun.
Average highs are normally in the 70s in Germany's capital city in June, but they were in the 90s as Obama delivered his speech.
MSNBC host and charter member of the Unicorn Tribe blamed the evil yellow eye in the sky for ruining his speech.
“I think a lot of the problem he had today was the late afternoon sun in Berlin ruined his use of the teleprompter and so his usual dramatic windup was ruined,” Matthews said immediately after the speech. “I think he was really struggling with the text there.”
“Speaking behind a glass bulletproof shield, Obama appeared to be using the text of the speech rather than reading off of Teleprompters.”
Chuck Todd, groupthink press poodle and another member of the Unicorn Tribe, grasped at straws to explain why the sweat-drenched, bumbling errand boy sent by grocery clerks gave such a poor performance to such a small crowd.
“…you had that very distracting glass and you could just see that the President himself wasn't feeding off of the crowd. And I think look, part of it, it was hot. Those folks were out there for two and a half hours...it can sap your energy a little bit. And I just wonder if that added a little bit to this.”
Tomorrow all the folks at MSNBC, CNN, ABC and NBC will squeal and squawk that the Insufferable Airhorn’s snowflake specialness was clearly absent in Berlin but the Germans, like the snail, have finally made it onto the ark.
Ralf Fücks, head of the board of the Heinrich Böll Foundation, diagnosed today this way: “Germans have undergone a brutal sobering up with regard to Mr. Obama. It is as overdone as the euphoria of 2008, but also a bit alarming.”
I've watched Berlin speeches by 4 Presidents: JFK,Reagan,Clinton,Obama. JFK & Reagan win hands down.
— Larry Sabato (@LarrySabato) June 20, 2013