So Barack Obama has now made his first ever trip to Berlin. I can’t wait to see the T-shirt sales from the 2008 Obamamania tour. He’s drawn huge crowds at every venue, whether it be the hotel gym at the Berlin Ritz Carlton or downtown at the Siegessäule.

The MSM – currently following Obama around like a bunch of love-sick band groupies – immediately compared Obama’s speech to those made by Jack Kennedy and Ronald Reagan. In the unitary mind of the MSM, Obama has already won the White House – its only a matter of time before he and Michelle start making really important decisions, namely what color curtains to put in the Oval Office.

There’s one glaring difference between the speeches made by Kennedy and Reagan and that made by Obama today. Both Kennedy and Reagan earned the right to stand in Berlin. Barack Obama has not earned any such right.

Kennedy and Reagan stood in Berlin during different decades but with the same enemy. They both looked across the Iron Curtain and poked America’s finger in the eye of the Soviet Union. Kennedy stood in solidarity with the citizens of West Berlin – even to the point of getting away with calling himself a jelly donut in the process. Reagan dared Gorbachev to “tear down this wall” despite the best effort of linguini-spined State Department staffers who feared he was being too bold.

What risk did Obama take with his speech today? Not one. He decried Boston commuters and Beijing manufacturers for contributing to Global Warming. Notably spared by his wrath were the Germans – long manufacturers of some of the world’s finest carbon emitting motor vehicles. Kennedy and Reagan wanted to help Europe grow closer to America. Obama would have America become more European.

Obama is now basking in the glow of what, by all reports will be a “successful” foreign tour. There was one type of venue notably absent from his Rock Star tour – any US military base. Evidently the Dali Bama had planned to visit Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, but the trip was deep-sixed because campaign staff would not be allowed to go with the Senator.

[Side note – Landstuhl Regional Medical Center is often the first place wounded soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines are sent to if their injuries cannot be tended to in the combat zone hospitals]

So, here’s the moral of this story: no campaign staff or cameras = no Obama. He can make time for the media cheerleaders, throngs of foreign nationals, and any other wanna-be celebrity willing to lavish him with undeserved praise. But if you’re an American serviceman or woman – or one of their family members living as a stranger in a strange land – Obama can’t give you the time of day.

I’m sorry, Mr. Obama. You may have managed to buy a speaking platform in Berlin, but you didn’t earn it.