Mr. Obama Goes to Berlin

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Senator Barack Obama will travel to Berlin later this month to demonstrate his popularity abroad and present himself to the world as the post-partisan, post-Washington paralysis candidate. The fact that Germans are receptive to Obama’s candidacy is interesting given the difficulties that German leaders face in speaking honestly about their own country’s challenges. Bob Herbert reminds us that Barack Obama’s popularity, particularly among young people, can be attributed in part to Obama’s apparent ability to bridge this gap. He quotes…