No Berlin Obama: "In his first year in office," notes Rich Lowry of National Review, "Barack Obama has visited more foreign countries than any other president. He's touched ground in 16 countries, easily outpacing Bill Clinton (three) and George W. Bush (eleven). It's an itinerary befitting a 'citizen of the world.'
"But there's one stop Obama won't make," says Lowry. "He has begged off going to Berlin next week to attend ceremonies commemorating the fall of the Berlin Wall. His schedule is reportedly too crowded."
Too crowded? How so?
Perhaps, in addition to an understandably hectic schedule, the radical U.S. president is too busy shredding the U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence to celebrate the victory of freedom over tyranny that is so well symbolized by the fall of the Berlin Wall 20 years ago. Think Obamacare, think "stimulus," think politicians on Capitol Hill moving their lips.
But this hubris is opportunity for hope.
Might there be some in America who appreciate the Founders' concept of freedom under God as a superior worldview to "fairness" and "equality" under an all-powerful "compassionate" state?
Why not make it an all-girls affair? Let Sarah Palin and Rep. Michele Bachmann join German president Angela Merkel in Berlin. Surely, they'd have something to talk about. After all, old adversaries of freedom remain at large. And new ones are afoot in the land, just now trying to get their footing, just now digging their claws into the flesh of freedom.
Another reason to celebrate yesterday's electoral rebuke of Obama, the man not in Berlin.