Incredible Self-AbsorptionAnd again a total lack of grace; unable to mention Reagan, and somehow worms himself into a story he likely opposed at the time.
"Few would have foreseen ... that a united Germany would be led by a woman from 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." Unbelievable. What the hell has he to do with this profound story? Merkel, yes.
Listen to the hollownness of this windbaggery.
An antidote is needed. Clarity, that is, especially in hindsight, quite moving.
PowerLine features some appropriate commentary from Paul Rahe.
In his speech he made no mention of Josef Stalin, Nikita Khrushchev, Mikhail Gorbachev, or the Soviet Union, and he was tellingly silent about Harry Truman and Ronald Reagan. The only American he quoted was John Kennedy, the President who acquiesced in and privately favored the building of the wall.
Even more to the point, Obama proved unable to refrain from injecting his own autobiography into the event. You see, walls fell down when he was elected President.
It was perfectly appropriate that someone sound this theme at the time of Obama's inauguration. It was, indeed, an important event when the first American of African decent was elected to the presidency.
But Barack Obama seems to think his presidency as important a milestone as the fall of the Berlin Wall. In the world of the narcissist, everything that happens is always about him.