The Washington Times - July 24, 2008, 11:33AM

BERLINBarack Obama might say he doesn’t want his speech to be compared to Kennedy’s, but no one in Germany seems to have gotten that memo.



Fans who have swarmed the historic area hours before the speech drop the JFK name often.


The Berliners for Obama group is even passing out these fliers with the fabled Kennedy line:




The flier raised some reporters’ eyebrows because it includes this Kennedy quote:


“All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin, and, therefore, as a free man, I take pride in the words ‘Ich bin ein Berliner!’ John F. Kennedy, June 26, 1963”


“This is a private initiative and Web site,” the group disclaims on its Web site. “It is in no way related to the candidate or his official campaign.”


But that disclaimer is not on the fliers.


Speaking of JFK, here’s some fun video of Sophie Pflueger, who does marketing for the Kennedy Museum near the Brandenburg Gate, setting the record straight on the correct pronunciation of Kennedy’s line.




Obama’s speech begins at 1:15 eastern time, 7:15 here. The sun doesn’t set here until much later in the evening so it will still be light outside.


Christina Bellantoni, national political reporter,
The Washington Times

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