Obama in Berlin – What for and Who is he really?

By Elaine R. Miller

The Times of Israel, April 8 2019

Former US President Barack Obama was in Berlin the other day on behalf of The Obama Foundation. He had a meeting with Angela Merkel, the embattled Prime Minister of Germany now in her last term in office.

Why is a former President and leader of a political party currently trying to unseat the sitting President meeting with a head of state? The visuals appear to say he is trying to undermine Trump in Europe.

It is difficult to forget Obama’s 2012 whispered conversation to then President of Russia, Dmitry Medvedev, picked up on an open mike in which he was heard promising  “This is my last election. After my election I will have more flexibility.”

Was Obama’s confab with Merkel a repeat of the same? Was he telling her that when Trump is defeated in his re-election effort, the Democratic party would have more flexibility?

And why was Obama fundraising for the Obama Foundation in a foreign country?

History has shown that former presidents soliciting money abroad is a BAD thing.  (See: CLINTON CASH by Peter Schweizer (and the Clinton Foundation which is the cornerstone of the family’s extraordinary wealth. Chelsea really does not have to worry about being fired from her job – jsk)

On April 6 Obama addressed a Town Hall meeting organized by the Obama Foundation in Berlin. He was quoted as saying:

“We have to be careful in balancing big dreams and bold ideas with also recognizing that typically change happens in stages.”  He went on to warn against a “circular firing squad” over “ideological purity in politics.” (his usual aimless double talk)

Obama’s resurfacing in Berlin is an effort to paint himself as “reasonable and just” while simultaneously attacking his own party’s leaders. Obama apparently doesn’t seem to care about which Democratic candidate wins the nomination (unless it is him!), the Democratic party or America’s welfare.

He made his comments in public setting. He could have contacted each  potential candidate privately if he really wanted them to modify their behavior. He is now on a speeding money making train. His autobiography (his third) will reportedly be published this year. His goal is to burnish his own image as a prophetic leader

(He and Michelle just signed a 60 million dollar book deal! I guess it pays to be an ex-president, regardless of quality of performance)

Yet examination of his record shows the Obama Administration to have been one of “Big hat, no cows”. He made promises based on grandiose visions but accomplished little. He disabled American foreign policy, ensured the rise of despotic Iran. He lied about the effects of ObamaCare. Every prohibitively expensive policy he put in place, failed. If those weren’t the “big dreams and bold ideas” he warned against in Berlin, then nothing is.

Obama posted the following statement on his Twitter account on January 17, 2017. “I’m still asking you to believe – not in my ability to bring about change, but in yours. I believe in change because I believe in you.”

There is something vaguely Jim ish (the man who induced over 900 people to ingest a cyanide laced drink and commit suicide in Guyana in 1978) about the comment.

II   Who is Obama really?

Many Americans thought Obama was a secret Muslim.

They were wrong.

He worships himself.

Obama was the first president to use a selfie stick.

He has a big grin filled with large white teeth, close cropped hair. He stays slim and trim.

He walks like a ballet dancer.

He would grab the microphone when famous musical groups performed at the White House.

He put his feet up on the White House desk.

It was his desk now, wasn’t it?

He gave a speech the other day in which he referred to himself …(gasp) 467 times.

He will forever be remember as telling his Berlin audience ““There’s only one of me!”

For a man who did all he could to diminish the West and its contribution to Modern Civilization he is most attracted to the Greek god, Narcissus.

It could be worse.

He could be enamored of Echo.


Elaine Rosenberg Miller writes fiction and non-fiction. Her work has appeared in numerous print publications and online sites, domestically and abroad, including judische rundschau, the bangalore review, the forward, the huffington post and the jewish press. her book. fishing in the intercoastal and other short stories will be published by Adelaide Books in 2019.

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