Deutschlandfunk Interviews ASL on Upcoming Obama Visit

Deutschlandfunk (German Public Radio) did a live interview with ASL for the national morning news program on Thursday, 10 July. The interview concerned the upcoming visit to Germany of Presidential candidate Barack Obama.

Among other questions, reporter Bettina Klein asked Crister Garrett if Obama would be “misusing” the Brandenburg Gate if he were to speak there, what the content of his speech might be, and would this compel John McCain to hold a similar speech.  Professor Garrett answered that powerful images traditionally play a central role in presidential elections, that Obama will likely praise Europe and Germany and push Europe to do more globally, and that McCain would be put into the difficult position of being more an imitator than an initiator in terms of major Berlin speeches and the campaign.