Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Political culture 101

Barack Obama was recently in Berlin, and many Germans are still reeling from the experience. Whether or not I think his stop as a rock star (instead of a politician) was necessary (or even a good campaign tactic) is not the point of this post...



Instead...



I read this article reflecting on Obama's speech, and was surprised at how much I learned about German political culture... some of the nuances that one just kind of "gets", but doesn't really think about.



http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,568876,00.html



Is there a better/worse political culture in this scenario? Who knows.


What is clear, however, is what they said that, even for America, Obama is pretty much one-of-a-kind politician.

1 comment:

Chiquita Banana said...

I linked to this in my blog. Sehr interesant.