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Germany Turns On Obama!

June 17, 2013

Just in time for Obama’s little visit! And oh-so-“historic” speech at the Brandenburg Gate, for which, btw, only hand-selected guests will allowed to be near.

The Süddeutsche Zeitung (“South German Newspaper”), a decidedly left-wing paper, sees the light as does much of the German media nowadays. Privacy is something Germans take very seriously: They’ve had their Hitler and they know what he would have done with the power of surveillance that Obama now has – and abuses.

Orwell 1984 - Obama 2013

Süddeutsche Illustration: Sinisa Pismestrovic

This is from the “Tagesspiegel”, published in Berlin:

(excerpt)

Und wer darf beim begehrtesten Dinner des Jahres dabei sein? Am Mittwochabend laden Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel und ihr Mann Professor Joachim Sauer den US-Präsidenten Barack Obama und seine Frau Michelle ins Schloss Charlottenburg ein. Auf Fragen nach der Gästeliste reagieren alle beteiligten Stellen fast erschrocken, als wolle man gerade ein Staatgeheimnis knacken. Die fürs Protokoll zuständige Sprecherin beim Auswärtigen Amt hat dazu gar keine Informationen, und auch im Presse- und Informationsamt der Bundesregierung ist offiziell nichts bekannt.

Mal spontan vorbeischauen? Unmöglich. Während der Rede sowie einige Zeit davor und danach dürfen sich Passanten nur auf etwa einen Kilometer dem Brandenburger Tor nähern. Public Viewing ist während der Rede nicht vorgesehen.

Translation:

“And just who’s allowed to be present at the hottest Dinner of the Year? Chancellor Merkel and her husband Professor Joachim Sauer invited Pres. Obama and his wife, Michelle, to the Charlottenburg Castle on Wed. evening. When asked for the guest list everyone involved reacted with shock, as if we were trying to crack state secrets. The Federal Foreign Office employee responsible for protocol had no information and the Federal press- and information office knew nothing official.

Show up spontaneously? Impossible. During the speech and a good deal of time before and after the public will have to keep a KILOMETER away Public viewing of the speech is not planned.” (my bold)

http://www.tagesspiegel.de/berlin/barack-obama-in-berlin-wer-darf-zur-rede-des-us-praesidenten-ans-brandenburger-tor/8358368.html

My note: 1 kilometer is roughly a third of a mile!.
Undoubtedly the many TV cameras will be close and well placed though!

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. June 19, 2013 6:40 pm

    Thanks Deb!

  2. A.Men permalink
    June 22, 2013 6:49 am

    Thug from Chicago aka obomba cannot fool the Germans.

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