Krauthammer: Obama’s Berlin speech ‘self-indulgent, anachronistic and adolescent’
On Friday’s “Special Report” on the Fox News Channel, Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer criticized President Barack Obama’s speech on Wednesday at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin.
The speech was sparsely attended compared to the speech Obama had made at the same venue back in 2008 during his first presidential election campaign. And as part of the “All-Star Panel” Friday “Lightning Round” segment, Krauthammer won the privilege of posing the question to his colleagues on how to define the speech.
“Obama gave a speech in Germany this week,” Krauthammer said. “Was it a) a stirring defense of the United States and the concept of liberty, like Reagan and Kennedy; b) a mediocre mush of platitudes; c) the worst presidential speech on foreign affairs in memory; or d) self-indulgent, anachronistic and adolescent?”
The Hill’s A.B. Stoddard replied “b” and National Review’s Rich Lowry replied “d.”
But Krauthammer said it was both “c” and “d” in his answer.
“It doesn’t even reach the level of mush,” he said. “C is the correct answer — yes, to be harsh, absolutely — and d, empty, self-indulgent, anachronistic and adolescent.”