European Demands Vex Obama Camp

Suggestions tour lacks substance add sour note to fawning press
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 23, 2008 3:30 PM CDT
European Demands Vex Obama Camp
Barack Obama will speak tomorrow at Berlin's landmark Siegessäule, or "Victory Column," seen in this file photo.   (AP Photo)

Barack Obama’s campaign is frustrated that his Berlin visit tomorrow is being over-analyzed, Der Spiegel reports—with Europeans complaining that he’s giving a mere stump speech, or that his address might lack substance. Obama is dropping in to outline his vision for trans-Atlantic alliances—he’s expected to give some tough love—and his people say they don’t appreciate the guff.

Meanwhile, the foreign press is piling on the adulation (one top editor said Obama is “being celebrated like a victorious Roman general who comes back from the conquest of Gaul”), and Politico wonders whether a closer look at some of his positions—his death-penalty stance is very unpopular abroad—might turn off left-leaning, mainstream Continentals. (More Barack Obama stories.)

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