While Republican candidate for President John McCain belatedly tries to learn how to turn on a computer, many of those he is trying to win over are sitting at their PC's or laptops preparing to watch live the Democratic nominee, Barack Obama, give a speech, outdoors in Berlin, a few time zones away. At the same time, (ok, it is I, Foodie,) I am posting a blog entry, checking emails from people in Maine, Italy, Florida, Brussels, New York, California, DC and the UK, and taking cell phone calls from the sprout in DC, advising us that he will be watching Obama via France 24 tv.
Just my way of saying, please, America, this is not your father's or grandfather's planet. OK? Get with the program! ( An early 60-something fartess, I have been using a computer since 1982, for gawd's sake.)
As for food----the O is saying it all right now--we are one "new" world in which all is intertwined, food and famine included,and that we must include people in "the forgotten corners of the world."
Cooperation among nations is not a choice.." "The walls that divide us cannot stand."
His beginning reference? To the Berlin airlift of 1948-1949. What did it deliver?
Right now, just after the speech, the NYTimes's Nicholas Kulich is answering the question, "Why Germany?" by stating this: "When one thinks of beer and bratwurst, one tends to think of either faraway Germany — or Milwaukee in the heartland.
That quirk of culinary geography says a lot about why Barack Obama can give a public speech in Berlin without catching the kind of flak that a similar outing under the Eiffel Tower would garner." And then:
"...an appearance in Germany brings few of the dangers that a campaign speech before cheering throngs in the land of pinot and foie gras might. While plenty could go wrong, and a backlash is still possible, one thing is clear: There is little danger of being labeled effete in the home of Oktoberfest and oom-pah bands."
Americans, we hope, are becoming less provincial about these nonsensical things...
By the by--John McCain is having lunch in Schmidt's Sausage Haus, German Village, Columbus, Ohio today. Just a coincidence, I guess.