Adoring Germans Set Impossibly High Expectations for Obama Speech

Adoring Germans Set Impossibly High Expectations for Obama Speech

BERLIN -- The dust having settled now following Barack Obama's history-making, if not perhaps history-defining, speech here, German media today all seem to conclude the same thing: Was that it?

After days of newspaper coverage and speculation about what Obama might say, Germans got their answer yesterday: A well-received, though general, address on the past, the present and the importance of unity moving into the future.

The speech lasted 28 minutes. Some in attendance could be heard saying, "A little short."

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