July 24, 2008
“A World That Stands As One”
“Tonight, I speak to you not as a candidate for president, but as a citizen — a proud citizen of the United States, and a fellow citizen of the world.” – Barack Obama.
I received a text from the Obama campaign roughly around 9:45am, saying Obama was going to speak in Berlin at 1pm EST. I was not able to watch the live streaming, and was eager to see what Obama would say in Berlin. What was he doing there? What would he say?
More than 200,000 people showed up to hear him speak. Here is a man whose oratory presence, style and gravitas commands the attention of the world. Meanwhile, the Bush administration forbade U.S workers station in Germany to attend. Claiming that U.S workers should not be seen advocating for any partisan candidate because, ready? They are worried what the Germans would think. I’m sorry, since when is the U.S worried about what the Germans or anyone else for that matter thinks? We do what we please! We’re America!
This was a very lame attempt by the Bush administration, aka, Bush Dictatorship, to block Americans overseas to see a presidential candidate. I would imagine, that we would offer the men and women who work in foreign lands the courtesy to attend an event hosted by someone that has the potential to be the next president of the United States. But nope, that’s not the case. I wonder if McCain had been in Berlin, would the Bush Administration have barred American workers from attending?
Not that that should be a concern.
While Obama addressed over 200k people in Germany and called for a unified world, McCain had lunch in German Village, Ohio at a Schmidt’s Restaurant und Sausage Haus. He ate both the sausages and the cream puffs they are famous for.
He said “We are going to be campaigning across the heartland, challenging the issues that affect America today”
McCain, much like the majority of his party, fail to recognize that the international community is looking at the United States in a very critical manner. Some question, well, why even bother having a speech in Berlin? Easy. Germany, has refused to adhere to sending troops to Iraq, much to the chagrin of our Secretary of Defense, yet one of our biggest military bases is based out of Germany. You can talk “heartland” all you want, but our world and our influence far surpasses our tiny American borders, we are citizens of this world, and the outcome of this election is not just going to effect us here. As a leading country of the world, and as one who has for the past 8 years been a bully to the world, we have to recognize the magnitude of influence we have had, negative and positive, but mostly, we have a lot of owning up to do.
Here, Obama addresses this very issue.
“I know my country has not perfected itself. At times, we’ve struggled to keep the promise of liberty and equality for all of our people. We’ve made our share of mistakes, and there are times when our actions around the world have not lived up to our best intentions. But I also know how much I love America. I know that for more than two centuries, we have strived – at great cost and great sacrifice – to form a more perfect union; to seek, with other nations, a more hopeful world. “
It’s a clear and very different rhetoric than what we are use too. While President Bush parades himself in self adoration, thinking we do no harm, Obama, clearly, observes our errors and acknowledges that we have much learning and growing to do, as a people, and as a nation. I have noticed, that while Obama looks to the ideals of our nation, the goals and dreams of our young country, McCain looks to the past, for security and foundation. Neither is the correct method, but rather a combination of both is needed. John Adams wrote “Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself. There was never a democracy that did not commit suicide. “
At this point in time, America is at a point where it can step into the future with a President that can lead this nation into the International community where we belong, in a world where technology, globalization, nuclear force and global warming exist, or we can stay focus on the traditions of our past, with a President that doesn’t know how to use email, that confuses Iraq and Afghanistan policy, and does not believe in speaking with our foreign critics.
I know that at the end of the day, I don’t want to be alone, sitting with my broken glass, swimming through apologies. I commend and applaud Senator Obama for being a visionary and a man of courage, willing to campaign not just at home, but abroad, so the world can see, the type of nation we are.
Below is the entire speech: enjoy!
You can read the transcript HERE.