McCain criticizes Obama for speech in Berlin

So Senator McCain is ill pleased with Obama’s speech in Berlin. Small wonder as it has been widely applauded. He too would like, so McCain, to deliver “a speech in Germany … a political speech or a speech that maybe the German people would be interested in”. I’m afraid, I don’t think there’s any way he could. It is not as if Obama had just paid lip service to the people of Germany. He touched some spots that will invariably lead to heated discussions further along the way. But that’s OK, that’s political discourse and very welcome. With everything he said he did, however, bespeak that he, as a future president of the United States, would be acting in a spirit of cooperation with the world at large, not a spirit of domination.
You may argue that that is for greater part a psychological difference, not one of actual policies. Though I could not disprove that I don’t believe so. And it definetely is something the world craves for. Just compare Obama’s visit to the most recent visits of George W. Bush in Germany. Compare how 200,000 people came to see Obama, not only from within Berlin but from all over the country, with how when Bush visited Wiesbaden, whole quarters of the town were blocked to the public to protect Bush — because he was just not welcome. Then go on and compare those visits with those of Bill Clinton, Mikhail Gorbatchev, J. F. Kennedy, and you will see just what an extraordinary figure George W. Bush really is. I think it should be relevant to every American voter that the future president will be on more friendly terms with the rest of the world than the current one, esp. so if you consider that many of the problems the United States face are not to be solved by any nation of the world alone, but are global issues. I just hope my absentee ballot will arrive in time, so I can do my part.

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