What a great day, the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. That symbol of tyranny and oppression fell after decades of U.S. and West European refusal to give in to what at the time was proclaimed by the left to be the inevitable future of mankind.
What a sad day, the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, because the world is celebrating without us. Barack Obama chose not to attend despite a specific invitation from German Chancellor Angela Merkel. An excursion to New York for a “date night” was a promise kept. A quick trip to Europe to try to win Chicago’s Olympic bid was in order. A trip to pick up his Nobel Peace Prize is scheduled.
But the greatest peacetime liberation in history does not warrant much attention, much less attendance. The White House press release congratulating Germany does not even mention the role played by the United States, and President Ronald Reagan, in helping tear down that wall.
So I’ll enjoy the celebrations, as I lament that our President has thrown OUR victory over communism into the dustbin of history.
So here’s some history, pulled out of that dustbin:
UPDATE: HotAir has the link to a video Obama made to congratulate Germany, in place of a personal appearance, and of course it was about him:
“Few would have foreseen … that a united Germany would be led by a woman from Brandenburg or that their American ally would be led by a man of African descent. But human destiny is what human beings make of it”