I couldn’t help but laugh at the TV coverage of Obama’s arrival, which was hailed as a ‘rapturous welcome by the crowds at Palais Rohan’.
The semantics of ‘crowd’ would lead you to believe that these individuals applauding the glorious president, were in some way representative of the common people of Strasbourg, of course nothing could be further from the truth.
This stage managed event kicked off at Strasbourg Airport where Air Force One touched down. Obama waved and smiled as he stepped off of the plane, giving the impression there was someone to wave at. Who exactly? As the security at the airport was so tight that anyone not carrying a NATO gun or press-pass was unlikely to have been allowed within five miles of the place.
The same can be said of the foule at the palais, being in the heart of the ‘red zone’, the only people who could possibly have had the opportunity to shake the hand of Mr Obama were most likely local dignitaries or indeed the press themselves.