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Afterthoughts on THE SPEECH

A few post-Speech notes: one wonders, given the opportunities of a multi-national European tour, whether Obama took advantage to speak French or German, given his lecture to the rest of us about our mono-linguistic poverty? And when he ignored the precedents of Powell and Rice, and told the roaring German audience that he looked different from the usual (apparently white male) American head-of-state (?), one wonders when the Germans, or French, or English will have a black candidate for prime minister, or someone of African ancestry appointed foreign minister or serving as a national security adviser? And did the Europeans appreciate the new Obama multilateral emphasis on more participation of European NATO troops in Afghanistan? And where exactly did they find in Obama (‘don’t worry, we’re right behind you, Europe’) a welcome relief from present U.S. policies—a better approach to Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, North Korea, Russia, China, or free global trade?

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