Marek Siwiec MEP on Poland & Europe

Barack Obama visited Berlin before the election. But, unlike the previous visit 5 years ago, this time he was not fighting for his election, but for the Chancellor.

Under the Brandenburg Gate resonated everything that American Presidents love most – freedom, tolerance, and victory, because even though the wall was overthrown by unarmed people, it’s the American Presidents that stood on the right side from the very beginning. So, Obama could quote Kennedy, but he also didn’t have any problems referring to Ronald Reagan.

In addition to the keynote speaker, the silent hero of the speech was the Chancellor. The image, when Obama is speaking and the only thing in the frame is the Chancellor and the Brandenburg Gate, will be very useful in the campaign.

The Mayor of Berlin, Klaus Wowereit, who accompanied the President, also had his reasons to be satisfied. As a declared homosexual, he happily listened to this long section of Obama’s speech, who is increasingly finding himself in the role of a LGBT rights defender.

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