Why are we not surprised? 

 "leaders past and present will be in Berlin today for the 20th an niversary of the fall of communist repression's most visible symbol: the 112-mile concrete wall that split the city for more than a quarter-century. Conspicuously absent: the president of the United States, Barack Obama. 
Obama's folks say he's too busy to accept German President Angela Merkel's invitation to attend today's festivities It's pathetic that Obama won't be there -- and telling, as well. 
 all, it was one of his own supposed heroes, President John F. Kennedy, who famously flew to Berlin in 1963 and denounced the wall as "an affront to history" when he memorably proclaimed to all the world: "Ich bin ein Berliner." And it was another predecessor, Ronald Reagan, who even more famously stood before the heinous barrier and declared: "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!" 
Less than two years later, the wall had tumbled. But, then, Reagan -- like JFK -- viewed the Cold War as a defining battle between freedom and oppressive totalitarianism. And it was a war, he said, that the West, led by America, had to win. For Reagan, that meant ongoing confrontation with what he rightly called "the Evil Empire." 
By openly declaring that America would never allow the Soviet bloc to triumph, he paved the way for the collapse not only of the Berlin Wall but of communism itself. It was also, he understood, the triumph of American exceptionalism, leadership and strength. All of which runs counter to Obama's view of America's global role -- and how to deal with adversaries. 
For Obama, America is but one nation among many, no different -- or more exceptional -- than any other. Its record is one that, increasingly, he has felt compelled not to extol but to apologize for. And, for this president, ideologies bent on America's destruction must be met not with resistance but with rhetoric, outreach and "understanding."


  1. DaddysDarlin  

    11/10/2009 12:15:00 PM

    There is just so much wrong with this president its pathetic.
    Why would he want to celebrate the end of communism? He is a communist!
    I would truly love to know what was so pressing that he couldnt attend.
    Dinner with the press? Vacation time?
    There is no excuse for this president, we should be apologizing to the world for him!!!
    He continues to snub the countries he dosent feel he needs to start his new world order.
    I truly hope that Hillary will resign as SOS and run for president in 2012! The only "hope" this country has is Hillary.
    This time I believe all those who drank the koolaid will have seen Obama for what he is and vote for Hillary, a vote for her would be a vote for our country!
    Obama may have all but destroyed America before his time is up, I believe that has been his plan from the beginning.
    We must hold on, hold tight to our Constitution, our guns and our religion, everything Obama is against is what America is all about and I will not allow him to take anything away from me!
    Next to go: our freedom of speech. They will take over the internet and anything they dont like, that isnt pro-Obama they will shut down.
    We must not allow it!
    There is something very wrong with Obama and he should never have been voted in as president. We are stuck with him, unless we use the power of impeachment.
    I'm open to that.

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