One international leader was conspicuously absent at the 20 Year Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall today.
Even the Russian President made it there.
From L: British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and German President Horst Koehler shelter from the rain under umbrellas as they make their way through the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, as part of the celebrations marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. (AFP
Obama sent a video instead.
U.S. President Barack Obama is seen on screens during a video message at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany, Monday, Nov. 9, 2009, during the commemorations of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on Nov.9, 1989. (AP/Markus Schreiber)
Even worse- Obama spoke about himself to the crowd:
“Few would have seen on that day that… that their American ally would be led by a man of African descent.”
And, of course, he did not mention Ronald Reagan or Margaret Thatcher in his speech.