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Obama’s Lackluster Berlin Reception: No Longer Taking Their Breath Away

- June 20, 2013

A “SOBERED” CROWD WELCOMED OBAMA TO BERLIN

"Five Years After President Barack Obama's Last Rock-Star Visit To Berlin, Germans Embraced Him Like An Old Friend Who Hasn't Called In A While: Still With Heartfelt Warmth, But With Questions About What He's Been Up To." (Vanessa Fuhrmans, "Berliners Turn Out Again For Obama, But Less Enthusiastically," The Wall Street Journal, 6/19/13)

  • "Much Of Berlin Greeted Mr. Obama And His Family With A Mix Of Excitement And Sobered Expectations." "Like Mr. Quodt, much of Berlin greeted Mr. Obama and his family with a mix of excitement and sobered expectations. 'Rock star with a fool's license,' Die Welt daily said of Germans' 'hero-worshiping' of the president, despite widely unpopular U.S. policies here such as drone attacks and Guantanamo." (Vanessa Fuhrmans, "Berliners Turn Out Again For Obama, But Less Enthusiastically," The Wall Street Journal, 6/19/13)

CNN's Jessica Yellin Said That In Berlin, At The Site Of Historic Presidential Addresses, "The Comparison President Obama Can't Escape Is To His Own Speech Five Years Ago." CNN's JESSICA YELLIN: "In the heart of Berlin, President Obama sought his place in history." OBAMA: "It's so warm, and I feel so good that I'm actually going to take off my jacket." YELLIN: "Speaking on the east side of the Brandenburg gate where Germany was once divided." OBAMA: "We can be a little bit more informal among friends." YELLIN: "Kennedy famously spoke at the gate." PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY: "Ich bin ein Berliner." YELLIN: "And President Reagan." PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN: "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall." YELLIN: "But the comparison President Obama can't escape is to his own speech five years ago." THEN-SENATOR BARACK OBAMA: "We will not leave our children to a world where the oceans rise and famine spreads and terrible storms devastate our lands." YELLIN: "At a site just blocks away then-candidate Obama drew a cheering crowd of 200,000, so massive it inspired this attack ad called 'Celebrity.'" AD: "Is he ready to lead?" YELLIN: "The estimated size of today's crowd much smaller, close to 4500 invited guests." (CNN's " The Situation Room," 6/19/13)

In His 2008 Address, Obama Set A High Bar "In Terms Of Crowd Size, Excitement Or Sense Of Possibility" That He Struggled To Match As President. "On climate change and surveillance, to name just two issues, Mr. Obama looks much different here than he did five years ago. He set a standard as a candidate he might not be able to match Wednesday in terms of crowd size, excitement or sense of possibility. And he already has a tough rhetorical bar to cross. Not his, but his predecessors'." (Major Garrett, "Obama And Berlin: Faded Echoes Meet New Realities," CBS News, 6/19/13)

  • One Audience Member Said That Unlike The "Jubilation" Surrounding Obama's 2008 Address, He Noticed During This Speech, "People Near Him Drifted Away Before It Finished." "Mr. Conley was in the crowd for Mr. Obama in 2008. While he remembers the jubilation close to the speaker's podium at the Victory Column, security forced him and his friends to sit in the surrounding park, far from the candidate, whom they watched on video screens. The speech might have been electrifying close up, Mr. Conley said, but people near him drifted away before it finished. 'We noticed that it was written not so much for Germans as for voters back home in Ohio,' he said." (Alison Smale, "Reception For Obama Is More Sober Than In 2008," The New York Times, 6/19/13)

CNN's John King Said It "Has To Be A Bit Deflating" For Obama To Attract A Crowd Of A Few Thousand People, Rather Than The Tens Of Thousands Who Turned Out In 2008. CNN's JOHN KING: "Has to be deflating, right? He walked out there in 2008, you see these pictures and it's wow, an enormous crowd and such an important place in the world, then he comes out yesterday and it's a good crowd but a couple thousand people as opposed to tens of thousands of people, has to be a bit deflating. Part of that is, it's a different moment. He has already made the history but part of it as you said in Germany they keep hearing well, wait, the NSA is eavesdropping here, they're paying attention to our people, the European economy, so tough issues, much tougher being president than running for president." (CNN's New Day," 6/20/13)

  • NBC's Chuck Todd: "This Crowd Was A Fraction Of The One Candidate Obama Addressed Five Years Ago." NBC's CHUCK TODD: "This crowd was a fraction of the one candidate Obama addressed five years ago. No chanting today but the president did quickly get a rise out of the crowd invitation only audience who had been sitting in the hot sun for three hours." OBAMA: "Thank you for this extraordinarily warm welcome. In fact, it's so warm, and I feel so good, that I'm actually going to take off my jacket, and anybody else who wants to, feel free to." (NBC's "Nightly News With Brian Williams," 6/19/13)

In Berlin, "Obama's Rhetoric Is No Match And Can Be No Match For The Presidents Who Came Before Him." "This city may be the only place in the world where President Obama's rhetoric is no match and can be no match for the presidents who came before him." (Major Garrett, "Obama And Berlin: Faded Echoes Meet New Realities," CBS News, 6/19/13)

HEADLINES REFLECTED EUROPE’S DIMINISHED ENTHUSIASM FOR OBAMA

National Journal Headline: "Obama's Turbulent European Vacation." (Michael Hirsh, National Journal , 6/19/13)

The New York Times Headline: "Reception For Obama Is More Sober Than In 2008." (Alison Smale, The New York Times, 6/19/13)

USA Today Headline: "Some Berliners Less Enamored With Obama Than In 2008." (Catherine Featherston and Ena Paponja, USA Today, 6/19/13)

The Wall Street Journal Headline: "Berliners Turn Out Again For Obama, But Less Enthusiastically." (Vanessa Fuhrmans, The Wall Street Journal, 6/19/13)

CBS News Headline: "Obama And Berlin: Faded Echoes Meet New Realities." (Major Garrett, CBS News, 6/19/13)

The New York Times Headline: "Extending A Hand, Obama Finds A Cold Shoulder Abroad." (Mark Landler and Peter Baker, The New York Times , 6/18/13)


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