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Friday, July 25, 2008


My friend Robert Bidinotto has an interesting piece with many interesting links on the Obamenon here: http://bidinotto.journalspace.com/?entryid=742

My wife and I were talking last night about Obama and his speech which wasn't at the Brandenburg Gate after all.

Evidently Angela Merkel thought better of giving the Obamessiah the venue of Kennedy's Ich bin ein Berliner speech (and never mind his pronnunciation was hideous and he may have said, "I am a large jelly doughnut"), and Ronald Reagan's "Mr. Gorbachov, tear down this wall!"

I mentioned to her that conservative pundits had been saying, "He hasn't earned the Brandenburg Gate."

Monika said, "That's not the point, Brandenburg is the past."

I was nonplussed.

She continued, "The Soviet Union is gone, the danger is over. He should have given the speech at the site of the Madrid train bombings, or the London subway tunnels."

Double nonplussed.

See why I love her?

P.S. What Robert is too modest to point out (it happens from time to time) is that he's the guy who broke the "Willie Horton" story in Reader's Digest during the Bush/Dukakis race, lo these many years ago. And BTW he never referred to him as "Willie" but always as William Horton.


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