John Bolton

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Thursday, November 05, 2009

Obama Cancels Plan to Attend 20th Anniversary of Berlin Wall Fall

Apparently, he only has time to go to Berlin when it's all about him!

Rich Lowry points out that:

In his first year in office, Barack Obama has visited more foreign countries than any other president. He’s touched ground in 16 countries, easily outpacing Bill Clinton (3) and George W. Bush(11). But there’s one stop Obama won’t make. He has begged off going to Berlin next week to attend ceremonies commemorating the fall of the Berlin Wall. His schedule is reportedly too crowded.
Obama had time to fly all the way over to Copenhagen to plead for Chicago to get the Olympics but no time to attend an anniversary which marks the restoration of peace and freedom to a Europe that was divided and on a knife's edge in the years following World War II?

German Chancellor Angela Merkel personally invited Obama in June to this historic event and he had accepted. But now he tells the Germans that he's just too busy.

Yet somehow, Obama will find time to fly to Sweden in a few weeks time and accept a Nobel Peace Prize which he hasn't earned. Still, he'll be the center of attention at that event and he'd be just another world leader at the events in Berlin.

Perhaps the problem for Obama is that by attending the Berlin ceremonies parallels will be drawn between him and President Reagan; who didn't just talk about peace but made it happen. Or maybe Obama just can't bring himself to recognize an American success. After all, he's spent the last nine months touring the world apologizing for America's shortcomings.

Sadly, as Obama snubs yet another of our staunchest allies, he fails to realize that at some point we're going to need the Germans if we ever decide to get tough with Iran. Skip that. Something tells me Obama has no intention of getting tough with Iran bomb or no bomb!

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