I’m barely watching the speech and he already seems like he’s president. And like he’s destined to be president. Challenging Germany to deepen our commitments in Afghanistan? Challenging to world to reduce the nuclear arsenals of the Cold War? Challenging us to embrace a thoroughgoing commitment to liberal internationalism? Yeah, that’s the Obama Doctrine in effect. Are they already wearing t-shirts in Berlin that say Ich Bin Ein Obama?
(*"Hoffnung," I’m told, means "Hope" in German.)