Commemorating a Historic Day, and Obama’s Lack of Respect For It

by Sal on November 10, 2009

in Europe,International Relations,Politics,Russia,Tyranny

When President Reagan issued the challenge “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” on June 10, 1987, no one thought the Berlin Wall would fall anytime in the near future.  Yet just a day short of two years and five months later, the wall was torn down.  Yesterday marked the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, a watershed event in world history that marked the beginning of the fall of Communism and the rejection of Marxism as a credible political philosophy.  Growing up, I remember that day vividly, and the sense of awe and wonder that I felt as I saw people, hardened by years of Communist oppression and yearning for freedom, tore down the wall that separated the east from the west, and marked the beginning of the end of the Cold War. It is a day of history, a day worthy of commemoration, and one whose significance should not be overlooked.

Enter Barack Obama, who can make something as simple as commemorating the fall of the Berlin Wall into a controversy.  You see, our dear leader had deigned to be the only major world leader NOT to attend the commemoration (even the President of Russia attended!).  Instead, he sent a taped message that made the fall of the Berlin Wall be about him.   So noticeable was his absence, that the UK Telegraph theorized that Obama did not attend because the event was not about him.

No mention was made of the work of President Ronald Reagan or Margaret Thatcher in pushing for the collapse of communism.  Finally, in line with his consistent narcissism, Obama decided to compare the fall of the Berlin Wall with his own election to the Presidency.  While the election of the first African American as President is historic, it’s significance should not be used to overshadow the momentous event that occurred on November 9, 2009, with the fall of the Wall. Rather than post Obama’s banal self-aggrandizing no-show recorded message, I leave you instead with two videos.  The first, in a reminder of what a real President is like, is Reagan’s “Tear Down That Wall” speech.  The second is some footage of the actual fall of the wall, to commemorate that day in 1989 when freedom was victorious over tyranny and oppression.

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MoogieP November 10, 2009 at 4:07 pm

We are of one mind, Sal.


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