Monday, July 07, 2008

Ich heiße Barack Obama

Ridiculous and transparent.

Barack H. Obama has apparently asked about the possibility of speaking in front of the Brandenburg gate in Berlin during an upcoming trip to Germany.

How pretentious can he get? We already know he's trying to make himself out to be the next Kennedy and Reagan just by virtue of his appeal. Now he wants to seal the deal by doing what both of them did...before he is even president!

What's he going to say at the gate?! "Ich bin ein Berliner"? "Tear down this wall"? Perhaps it would be more appropriate if he just said "Ich bin ein Möchtegern Präsident!" ("I am a wannabe president" loosely translated)

This begs the question, is John McCain guilty of similar pretentiousness? Last week McCain was in Columbia during the successful raid to save hostages from Marxist rebels. The Columbian president personally informed McCain of the impending rescue mission. Pretentious? No, because McCain didn't ask to be in the loop. He was just automatically trusted with the information. Besides, McCain had a personal interest since he spent time as a prisoner of war.

Obama is no JFK. And he would have to start actually communicating something for him to be considered the next "great communicator."
<< Home 3 Comments:
Blogger Poindexter P. Parkenfarker said...

"Ich bin ein Berliner"
directly translated means, "I am a Jelly Donught."

1:54 PM, August 08, 2008  
Blogger Mark said...

Yeah, I've heard as much. However, upon closer study, most people concluded that Germans, especially from that area didn't refer to the pastry in question as a berliner. That was something the rest of Germany did. In Berlin, they were referred to as "Pfannkuchen" (pancakes).

Most historians have concluded Kennedy chose the correct expression.

2:36 PM, August 08, 2008  
Blogger Poindexter P. Parkenfarker said...

Mark,
There ya go ruining a perfectly good story with the facts...boy you guys with journalistic credibility...

the parody translation goes back to an early issue of National Lampoon, I think. ( long before you were born. maybe before your parents were born...)

So, is there any truth to the rumor I made up that Obama's actual energy policy stated in Berlin was to check the pressure on your Fan Cushions?...

3:49 PM, August 08, 2008  

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