About the Germans: Obama in Berlin

Das schreibt die amerikanische Presse zum Besuch von Obama in Berlin:

Politico: President Obama’s chance to build on spirit of Berlin Airlift

Berlin is a place for big presidential statements. The famed snippets of Presidents John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton speaking in the German capital are the highlight reel of American foreign policy in the second half of the past century. The power of that legacy remains nearly 25 years after the end of the divisions that made Berlin the central battleground of the Cold War.

So President Barack Obama’s public address at the Brandenburg Gate on Wednesday is a major opportunity — at an opportune moment. In recent months, liberals have become more publicly critical of his administration’s use of drone strikes while conservatives have pushed for intervention in the Syrian conflict. Meanwhile, the public at large has yet to be convinced of a new comprehensive approach to America’s post-war-on-terror national security that rises above ad hoc problem solving and crisis management.

Chicago Tribune/Reuters: “Yes we can” to “Yes we scan”

Kennedy is the U.S. leader Obama was most often compared with during his run for the presidency, when supporters chanted “Yes we can” at campaign rallies. Young, charismatic and inspirational, he represented hope, renewal and the clean break from George W. Bush that Europeans craved.

“Germany meets the superstar” was the headline on the cover of Der Spiegel weekly before his visit during the 2008 U.S. presidential campaign. His speech in Berlin’s Tiergarten park attracted 200,000 fans who cheered wildly as he acknowledged policy mistakes under Bush and declared: “America has no better partner than Europe”.

This week’s Der Spiegel cover on the Obama visit was headlined “The Lost Friend”.

New York Times: Obama’s German storm

Germany is normally a welcoming place for American leaders. But President Barack Obama will walk into a German storm Tuesday provoked by revelations about the Prism and Boundless Informant (who comes up with these names?) surveillance programs of the U.S. National Security Agency.

No nation, after the Nazis and the Stasi, has such intense feelings about personal privacy as Germany…

Washington Post: On Europe trip, Obama will face a continent frustrated by his actions and inaction

His long delay in more aggressively supporting Syria’s beleaguered opposition forces — a move that his administration announced in the form of expanded military aid on the eve of his visit here — has frustrated the leaders of France and Germany. The recent disclosure of the National Security Agency’s telephone andInternet surveillance has angered many European politicians, particularly German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whom he will see on both stops of his three-day visit.

And the expansion throughout his term of drone warfare has disillusioned a once-adoring European public — and, to a lesser degree, its more pragmatic political leaders.

Weitere Links:

Los Angeles Times: Obama returns to Berlin, no longer a ‘superstar’

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