2008 vs. 2013
195K stayed home this time.
President Barack Obama returned to Berlin on Wednesday — but he found a very different reception than when he visited the German capital five years ago.
Then, candidate Obama greeted an estimated 200,000 people in July 2008 who turned out to hear him speak in front of Berlin's Tiergarten, one of the nation's most notable landmarks, The Atlantic reports
German officials attacked Obama for initially wanting to stage his speech in front of the Brandenburg Gate — while Republicans in the United States winced at the thought of a presidential hopeful being adored on the international stage.
But on Wednesday, only 5,000 to 6,000 people turned out to hear Obama speak — and all of them were invited guests, the Atlantic reports.
It’s probably because — the Atlantic opines — Obama’s reputation has been "tarnished" by the surveillance scandals, his extensions of the war on terror, and results of him not being able to make good on his promises.
"He's 'demystified' and 'no longer a superstar' in German eyes," the Atlantic reports. "Now he's just another world leader on a state visit, and whatever problems people have with U.S. policy are on his shoulders." h/t floppingaces
Here's a fun flashback from 2008
Obama's crowd for his 2008 Berlin speech was so massive that John McCain jabbed O as nothing more than a celebrity who may not be ready to lead. He used footage of the speech in Germany with the crowd chanting 'Obama' and then compared O to Paris Hilton and Britney Spears. A great ad. Watch 'Celeb'