Rich Galen

"Barack Obama bombs in Berlin: a weak, underwhelming address from a floundering president"

Whoa! Check, please!

Analyst Nile Gardiner wrote:

"Barack Obama underscored again why he is no JFK or Ronald Reagan. In front of the Brandenburg Gate, Obama sounded more like the president of the European Commission than the leader of the free world."

Left or Right. U.S. or U.K. Barack Obama got few good marks from anyone from anywhere during this trip.

On top of all that, President Obama kept referring to the Chancellor of the Exchequer (the British equivalent of our Treasury Secretary) as Jeffery Osborne.

His name is George. George Osborne.

Imagine the projectile tears of derisive laughter among the MSNBC crowd if George W. had done that?

As we discussed earlier in the week, the President's standing among the American people is sagging under the growing weight of controversies. The aforementioned NBC News team looked into the numbers and found this:

The most pronounced shift in CNN's numbers over the last three weeks came among independent voters. Obama's approval vs. disapproval rating among independents went from 47 - 49 in mid-May to 37 - 61 in the most recent CNN/ORC poll.

According to the calculator app on my iPad that means that among independents Obama's rating has gone from -1 to -24 in just a month.

Maybe the answer for Obama is to join Justin Bieber on a trip into space aboard a Virgin Galactic rocket.

They can compare notes on the unfairness of it all.

On the Secret Decoder Ring today: Links to the EU unemployment problems, to Michael Hirsh's National Journal piece and to the U.K. Telegraph column. Also NBC's take on the CNN poll and the background of that Justin Bieber crack.

Also a head-scratching Mullfoto from NPR's new HQ building in Washington, DC.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at