Saturday, October 17, 2009

A Misplaced Sense of History

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As a candidate, President Barack Obama went to Berlin and reveled in the media glare afforded him by the European media. He gave a mediocre speech full of platitudes and hopeful rhetoric that a year and a few months later has proved an epic fail.

This year is the twentieth anniversary of the demolition of the wall; a moment that simultaneously freed half a nation and signalled the end of the single-most oppressive regime in the 20th Century. It was an affirmation of what thinking people had been saying for decades: that the Soviet Union in particular and communism as a whole were a black stain on the annals of history.

Obama can't seem to find time in his schedule to attend the celebration of this great event that was brought on by the policies of another American president a few years prior.

Sure, Obama can go to Copenhagen on a losing crusade for the Olympics but can't find the time to celebrate the greatest world moment of the second half of last century. Sad really.

Just to put it in perspective, here's Ronald Reagan single-handedly calling out the Soviets and a video showing the pure joy that was experienced once the symbol of Soviet communism was finally destroyed. Try to imagine Obama trying to be this can't.

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