In his first major mistake in an otherwise well-orchestrated foreign PR tour, Barack Obama has cancelled a visit to U.S. bases in Germany, including a military hospital, even though he still managed to find the time for his major rally in Berlin in front of cheering Germans.
1:42 p.m.: SPIEGEL ONLINE has learned that Obama has cancelled a planned short visit to the Rammstein and Landstuhl US military bases in the southwest German state of Rhineland-Palatinate. The visits were planned for Friday. “Barack Obama will not be coming to us,” a spokesperson for the US military hospital in Landstuhl announced. “I don’t know why.” Shortly before the same spokeswoman had announced a planned visit by Obama.In May, Obama had the audacity to question John McCain’s commitment to veterans because of his opposition to the G.I. Bill. Yet now, on a trip to Germany, he’s more concerned with playing rock star for German citizens than he is with visiting our troops. It’s the type of thing that just makes your blood boil.