First it was President John F. Kennedy who said 'Ich bin ein Berliner!' to tell the Soviet leadership that Berlin was important to American and the West's interests. That it was not some pawn to be easily traded. Who can forget American tanks facing off against a Soviet tanks at Checkpoint Charlie?
Then we have the memorable speech given by President Ronald Reagan to Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to 'tear down this wall!' that was met by clamorous applause by those who heard it in West Berlin and around the world.
Will Sen. Barack Obama's speech rise to the quality President Kennedy outlined in his 1961 speech about the Berlin Crisis?
I hear it said that West Berlin is militarily untenable. And so was Bastogne. And so, in fact, was Stalingrad. Any dangerous spot is tenable if men -- brave men -- will make it so.
I seriously doubt we will hear any such sterling speech of statecraft. After all Sen. Barack Obama is not President of the United States, just a guy chasing after the office.