As Democratic convention closes, Germany adjusts to a pragmatic Obama(Read article summary)
President Obama did not deliver the kind of 'Yes we can' speech last night that wowed Germans four years ago. But most Germans are still eager to cheer for him ahead of November elections.
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Gone are the days of candidate Barack Obama who inspired millions of Germans when he spoke at the Victory Column in Berlin in 2008. Four years later, in the wake of the Democratic National Convention, Germany is assessing the American president more soberly.
The Berlin-based left-wing daily taz.die tagezeitung wanted to hear more of a road map from President Obama, commenting: "Barack Obama is still a good rhetorician. But he didn't have that much to say." It gave former President Bill Clinton credit for the best speech in North Carolina.