Obama in Berlin

Sarah and I were just watching Barack Obama’s speech. Nice work — not Earth-shatteringly good (didn’t move me out of my chair), but pretty good.

I am a little perturbed at the German TV commentator’s reactions to it. One dude said (and I’m paraphrasing here…no TiVo in my brain…yet):

We were expecting something like a rock concert, sure didn’t get that…

May I ask why? I know they were remarking upon the relative youth of the crowd gathered to hear him speak (one guy guessed an average age of about 25). Do you think that was the reason they thought they were going to get something other than what Obama delivered? Were the German commentators expecting a rock concert atmosphere by virtue of the attendees? Should the attendees feel offended? I think I’d be (am?) miffed that the TV commentators thought a youngish crowd to hear a politician speak would bring a rock-n-roll atmosphere with them. I mean, they attended to listen to Obama — they knew what they were in for. Why were the German newsfolk suprised?

This kind of reminds me of the taste left in my mouth after reading about a potentially really offensive headline over at PapaScott.de a while back. It’s not so much that it’s outright offensive — just oddly wrong and out-of-place, like they’re using words they don’t quite understand or just told a joke they don’t really get.

2 thoughts on “Obama in Berlin”

  1. Cliff

    Quoting myself, from above:

    We were expecting something like a rock concert, sure didn’t get that…

    May I ask why?

    Maybe this is why — got it from J’s site:

    J, it is not hard to understand. When Obama’s campaign wants a big crowd to hear him speak they put on a free concert just before he speaks. Thousands of people show up to hear the music and stay to hear Obama. Of course when the news reports about the large crowd they never mention the lure of the popular concert, only that 200,000 people showed up to hear Obama speak.

    The quote below is from Newsbusters:

    Well, it has been learned that before the presumptive Democrat nominee spoke to a crowd in Berlin Thursday, two popular German acts ” reggae artist Patrice and rock band Reamonn ” entertained the gathering audience.

    I was unaware of that. Is that really how it works? For all candidates, or is that a particular Obamism?

  2. Max

    The Arcade Fire have opened for him a few times here in the US. I think this is indeed an Obamism.

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