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Exclusive: Obama’s Berlin Speech Fails the Presidential Test

 

The cardinal rule of presidential speechmaking is knowing the audiences you’re talking to – all of them. 

Sen. Obama failed the test in Berlin.
 
As a former speechwriter for several presidents, cabinet officers and members of Congress, I can attest to the great care given to crafting speeches dealing with national security issues, lest they be misinterpreted by any of the several audiences listening.
 
When President Kennedy told the people of Berlin in 1963 “Ich bin ein Berliner,” he wasn’t just giving heart to the beleaguered people of Berlin. He was also signaling to the East German government and their Soviet masters that the West would never abandon Germany. He was also preparing Americans back home – of both parties – that we were committed to a European military presence for the duration of the Cold War.  More from Family Security Matters
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July 31, 2008 - Posted by | Politics | , , ,

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