Two observations from President Barack Obama’s speech Wednesday in Berlin.
One is that Obama’s idealism never wanes. He called for the United States and Russia to trim their stockpile of nuclear weapons — the U.S., Obama said, could comfortably cut its nukes by one-third without affecting its security or those of its allies.
“Peace with justice means pursuing the security of a world without nuclear weapons, no matter how distant that dream may be,” Obama said, no doubt drawing a snicker from the mullahs in Iran.
Peace with justice means something else, too — “refusing to condemn our children to a harsher, less hospitable planet.” Ah yes, climate change, an Obama favorite. Without changes by countries around the globe, he said, we’re headed for more floods, famine and hellacious storms.
Observation No. 2: The crowd in Berlin was estimated at 4,500. His speech at the same site in 2008 drew 200,000. Clearly, Obama’s not the rock star he once was or believes himself to be.