"Bombed in Berlin" could be the headline for that dismal show. Timed as closely as possible to the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's rousing 1963 Cold War speech and Reagan's inspiring 1987 one, the audience was 1% of JFK's and gave him a cool reception despite his handlers' having vetted it meticulously. The content of his address was no theme of great historical import such as the end of the Soviet empire, it was a menu of limp, warmed over, looney left fast food items from his 2008 campaign.
Obama's apologists say the brightness of the afternoon sun in Berlin dimmed out his teleprompter screens so he was unable to deliver the dramatic stage performance to which they are accustomed, explaining why no one thought the speech had any depth. They should stop to think before spinning out such revealing remarks.
The Germans are going to have to be more careful who they let use the Brandenburg Gate as a backdrop for political theater. Cheap pols want to exploit emotive historical venues to prop up their public standing, but they always demean the places they abuse. They ought not to be allowed anywhere near those scenes.