Ich heiße Barack Obama
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."