PRESIDENT OBAMA was too busy to attend the celebrations in Germany this week marking the fall of the Berlin Wall 20 years ago. But he did appear by video, delivering a few brief and bloodless remarks about how the wall was “a painful barrier between family and friends’’ that symbolized “a system that denied people the freedoms that should be the right of every human being.’’ He referred to “tyranny,’’ but never identified the tyrants - he never uttered the words “Soviet Union’’ or “communism,’’ for example. He said nothing about the men and women who died trying to cross the wall. Nor did he mention Harry Truman or Ronald Reagan - or even Mikhail Gorbachev.
He did, however, talk about Barack Obama.
“Few would have foreseen,’’ declared the president, “that a united Germany would be led by a woman from [the former East German state of] Brandenburg or that their American ally would be led by a man of African descent. But human destiny is what human beings make of it.’’
All this time I thought the fall of the Berlin Wall was a symbol of man's desire for freedom and the culmination of a decades-long fight against Soviet domination of eastern Europe. It was the result of American Presidents like Truman, Kennedy, and Reagan drawing lines in the sand against Moscow's repressive regime. The courageous efforts of Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, Pope John Paul II, Lech Walesa and others who loved liberty took form in the sledgehammers wielded by young Germans.
Now I know the truth: the fall of the Berlin Wall was just another blip on the radar signaling the coming of The One. Have you no decency, sir?
Obama’s swelling ego - The Boston Globe
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