Philip Rucker of The Washington Post announced on behalf of all journalists that Romney would never measure up to the grandeur that was the Barack Obama European Rock Star Tour of 2008: "For any candidate on a foreign trip, the margin for error is small, with every misstep magnified, fairly or not -- especially so for Romney, whose visit is drawing inevitable comparisons to Barack Obama's largely successful foreign tour as a candidate in 2008."
Obama appeared in Berlin to a throng of an estimated 200,000 Germans four years ago. Back then, NBC's Brian Williams offered shock and awe: "Here in Berlin today, not far from where the wall once stood, the man from Chicago, Illinois, the first ever African-American running as presumptive nominee of the Democratic Party, brought throngs of people into the center of Berlin, streaming into this city, surging to get close to him, to hear his message."
Williams also surged just to get close to him and asked Obama just how much he would inspire Berliners: "When an American politician comes to Berlin, we've had some iconic utterances in the past. We've had 'Ich bin Ein.' We've had, 'Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.' ... Is the phraseology that you would like remembered: 'People of Berlin, people of the world, this is our moment, this is our time'?" Really. That line was forgotten within a day.
He arrived home to NBC's Tom Brokaw on "Meet the Press" asking what Michelle Obama would think: "When you get home and Michelle says to you, 'Barack, what did you learn that surprised you? And did you change your mind about anything based on this entire trip?'" Obama's loved ones are offered the first chance for spin control.
On CBS, morning host Chris Wragge was almost trash-talking to GOP strategist Kevin Madden: "Got to admit, 200,000 in Berlin compared to (McCain) speaking at a German restaurant, and you got to give the advantage to Obama right there. So what does Senator McCain then do to overcome this public perception that this was just beyond successful for this last week for Obama?"
Obama was presented by the media as "beyond successful" on a daily basis in 2008, and it's ridiculous for the Ruckers in the media to expect Romney to receive anything like the adulation they dumped on Hope and Change Man the last time around. Obama-loving journalists don't grade Romney on a curve. They flagrantly fail him before he can barely finish a sentence.
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