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Kerry regales Berliners with tales of divided city
AP via Charter.net ^ | Tuesday, February 26, 2013 6:28 AM EST | MATTHEW LEE

Posted on 02/26/2013 7:47:29 AM PST by Pan_Yan

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Speaking at a town hall meeting Tuesday, Kerry spoke a few sentences of passable German to the delight of a crowd in a packed Internet cafe before regaling the audience with tales of his boyhood in Berlin in 1954.

He recalled a clandestine bicycle ride into communist East Berlin. "I saw the difference between east and west. I saw the people wearing darker clothing. There were fewer cars. I didn't feel the energy or the movement."

When he returned home, Kerry said, his father "got very upset with me and said: `You could have created an international incident. I could have lost my job.' So I lost my passport, and I was grounded and I never made another trip like that."

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Germany; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: berlin; bho44; germany; kerry; sos; soskerry
I will withhold comment and let the rest of you have at it.
1 posted on 02/26/2013 7:47:34 AM PST by Pan_Yan
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To: Pan_Yan

Kerry said ,Americans have a right to be stupid ,must be talking about himself


2 posted on 02/26/2013 7:51:03 AM PST by molson209
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To: Pan_Yan
Stupid and reckless---from childhood. Born that way and relapses every few years.

vaudine

3 posted on 02/26/2013 7:52:22 AM PST by vaudine
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To: Pan_Yan

For Kerry to pretend that he was not (and is not) a Communist sympathizer is about as believable as when Obama (either of them, actually) pretends that he loves America...


4 posted on 02/26/2013 7:52:22 AM PST by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: Zeppo

Was this bicycle ride into East Berlin seared... seared into his memory? Obama has made some interesting cabinet selections that will serve to distract and deflect from his own idiocy. As Hillary Clinton was thrown under the bus, so too will Kerry.


5 posted on 02/26/2013 7:56:32 AM PST by hkusp40
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To: Pan_Yan
He recalled a clandestine bicycle ride into communist East Berlin.

"It was Christmas and I was wearing my magic hat"

6 posted on 02/26/2013 8:00:09 AM PST by smoothsailing
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To: Pan_Yan

“Kerry regales Berliners with tales of divided city”

I remember Berlin when it was divided. I went through Checkpoint Charlie (in uniform), walked around East Berlin, saw it myself.

Very interesting how John Kerry “regaled” about the place. We all know on which side of that “divide” Mr. Kerry stood, as a young man.


7 posted on 02/26/2013 8:00:24 AM PST by Road Glide
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To: Zeppo
I get so much joy when we old farts get together and doo wop from memory .. 'cause .. y'know ... we really WERE there.

I'll be glad when the phoneys are dead and gone ... except ... I'll prolly go first.

8 posted on 02/26/2013 8:01:26 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: Pan_Yan
He recalled a clandestine bicycle ride into communist East Berlin.

Good Lord, it never stops with him. Lets hope he never has a reason to speak at NASA or he'll tell us of how he heroically stowed away on Apollo 13 and saved the poor frightened astronauts from certain doom.
9 posted on 02/26/2013 8:05:55 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Road Glide

When I was a civilian employee at Ramstein AB in the 70s some friends and I went to W. Berlin via the troop train. We traveled through E. Germany and I commented to the friends when we got into W. Berlin that it was like being in a negative print of a picture and that when we crossed the border into the West the negative print had developed into a full color picture. That was how dramatic the differences were between E. and W. Germany. Scary and that thought has stayed with me all these years.


10 posted on 02/26/2013 8:10:23 AM PST by BamaDi ("The definition of a racist today is anyone who is winning an argument with a liberal.")
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To: Pan_Yan
He recalled a clandestine bicycle ride into communist East Berlin.


11 posted on 02/26/2013 8:10:56 AM PST by smoothsailing
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To: Pan_Yan

How old would Kerry have been in 1954?

He was born in 1943, he was a eleven.....really he rode his bike into East Germany.


12 posted on 02/26/2013 8:11:10 AM PST by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: svcw
He is FOS (full of sheeeet!)

You don't just ride across commie border “clandestinely” ESPECIALLY ON THE BIKE, lying skunk!

13 posted on 02/26/2013 8:18:37 AM PST by Leo Carpathian (FReeeeepisssssed)
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To: Pan_Yan

Jon’s first early attempt at unilateral surrender to a fascist regime. Some people are just born with the talent.


14 posted on 02/26/2013 8:21:14 AM PST by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: Pan_Yan

I’m starting a twitter hashtag #johnkerrytalesofheroism

#johnkerrytalesofheroism he stowed away on apollo 13 and saved the poor frightened astronauts from certain doom.

#johnkerrytalesofheroism Only surviving Athenian from the Battle of Thermopylae


15 posted on 02/26/2013 8:21:27 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Leo Carpathian

Oh, and he had passport at 11, and he used it clandestinely????
He probable went to East to tell them how the West is bombing villages with chulren...

Hahhah hahhhaaah haaaaaaa....

Whata Sickretary of Shtate!!!
Beats Hitlery !


16 posted on 02/26/2013 8:22:48 AM PST by Leo Carpathian (FReeeeepisssssed)
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To: cripplecreek

Too bad he didn’t run into the Stasi. He could have met “Jenjis Kaaahhn” up close and personal.


17 posted on 02/26/2013 8:24:34 AM PST by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: Pan_Yan

I think a better story is how he rented a plane, tried to fly under the Golden Gate Bridge but had to turn back, because he was hitting seagulls, who hit so hard they were stuck in the wing with their webbed feet sticking out.

Looks like he’s going to be fun to watch. It’s unfortunate that he has a job that can get us all killed, though.


18 posted on 02/26/2013 8:24:42 AM PST by DBrow
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To: smoothsailing
He recalled a clandestine bicycle ride into communist East Berlin.
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"It was Christmas and I was wearing my magic hat"

He still has the hat...

19 posted on 02/26/2013 8:26:23 AM PST by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: Leo Carpathian

“You don’t just ride across commie border “clandestinely” ESPECIALLY ON THE BIKE”

So clandestine that he used his diplo passport at the checkpoint.


20 posted on 02/26/2013 8:28:02 AM PST by DBrow
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To: TADSLOS

#johnkerrytalesofheroism Led Moses out of the desert after 40 years


21 posted on 02/26/2013 8:28:57 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Pan_Yan

If he had is way, Berlin would still be divided.


22 posted on 02/26/2013 8:55:13 AM PST by Kommodor (Terrorist, Journalist or Democrat? I can't tell the difference.)
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To: Pan_Yan

Did he get a Purple Heart for scraping his knee when he fell off his bike?


23 posted on 02/26/2013 8:55:59 AM PST by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: Pan_Yan

FACT CHECK! How could anyone inadvertently ride a bike into East Berlin. But in the slight chance this could happen, how could anyone ride a bike out of East Berlin?


24 posted on 02/26/2013 9:03:25 AM PST by 11th Commandment (http://www.thirty-thousand.org/)
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To: Pan_Yan

FACT CHECK! How could anyone inadvertently ride a bike into East Berlin. But in the slight chance this could happen, how could anyone ride a bike out of East Berlin?


25 posted on 02/26/2013 9:03:36 AM PST by 11th Commandment (http://www.thirty-thousand.org/)
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To: Road Glide

1946 Communications Squadron, Tempelhof Central Airport, 1984-1988.


26 posted on 02/26/2013 9:20:06 AM PST by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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To: 11th Commandment

Wall didn’t go up until 1961, it would have been very simple to cross into East Berlin at the time. In most cases, as easy as crossing the street.


27 posted on 02/26/2013 9:23:15 AM PST by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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To: Pan_Yan
He recalled a clandestine bicycle ride into communist East Berlin.

Did he sneek them a peek at his lucky hat? Maybe toss a few medals?

28 posted on 02/26/2013 9:26:00 AM PST by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes everything)
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To: Pan_Yan

This is the World of Commander McBragg
Your hair will curl in the World of McBragg.
He fights monsters galore
And then asks for still more
Or so says the brag of McBragg.

When on the hill the marines plant a flag
They may be led by Commander McBragg.
With a cannon in hand
He can beat any band
Or so says the brag of McBragg.

Fencing and fighting and round table knighting
And slaying of dragons, too.
Shipping and sailing and great harpoon whaling
There’s nothing McBragg can’t do.
Hunting and trapping and gold miner mapping
And flying to Timbuktu.
Roping and riding and Indian guiding
Commander McBragg comes through.

This is the World of Commander McBragg
Your head will whirl in the World of McBragg.
He can do anything
In his world he’s a king
Or so says the brag of McBragg.


29 posted on 02/26/2013 9:26:19 AM PST by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: Road Glide

“Some of the East German police were rude and suspicious. Others were suspicious and rude.”


30 posted on 02/26/2013 9:29:47 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Pan_Yan

Forgive me if I find this story literally as fantastic as his Walter Mitty-esque “Christmas in Cambodia”.

John Kerry is almost as much of an embarassment as his boss.


31 posted on 02/26/2013 9:31:03 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (What word begins with "O" and ends in economic collapse?)
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To: cripplecreek
Good Lord, it never stops with him. Lets hope he never has a reason to speak at NASA or he'll tell us of how he heroically stowed away on Apollo 13 and saved the poor frightened astronauts from certain doom.

I think he would be more like Dr. Smith from Lost in Space. By stowing away he would have thrown the weight estimates off, thrown the ship off course, and cried "The pain! The pain!" like he had been hit in the butt with some Vietnamese rice.

32 posted on 02/26/2013 9:31:45 AM PST by KarlInOhio (Choose one: the yellow and black flag of the Tea Party or the white flag of the Republican Party.)
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To: Pan_Yan

Forgive me if I find this story literally as fantastic as his Walter Mitty-esque “Christmas in Cambodia”.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1202046/posts

John Kerry is almost as much of an embarassment as his boss.


33 posted on 02/26/2013 9:36:15 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (What word begins with "O" and ends in economic collapse?)
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To: cripplecreek

Did you mean “Spartan”, I thought Leonadis dismissed the Athenians.


34 posted on 02/26/2013 9:47:25 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (What word begins with "O" and ends in economic collapse?)
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To: Pan_Yan

Yes, American silver spoon babies on bicycles used to slip into East Berlin undetected all the time.


35 posted on 02/26/2013 9:55:21 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Road Glide
I remember Berlin when it was divided

I can hear Joseph Cotten's voice in the background, "I never knew the old Vienna before the war, with its Strauss music, its glamour and easy charm - Constantinople suited me better..."

36 posted on 02/26/2013 9:55:25 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (What word begins with "O" and ends in economic collapse?)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

This story reminds me of a fat American CEO I once knew who, after a seven day visit to Bombay, came back and addressed an audience of Indian businessmen telling them “everything about India you need to know”.


37 posted on 02/26/2013 9:57:33 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: ops33

If you see the movie "One, Two, Three" which took place about a year before the Wall went up, it showed people coming in and out of East Berlin rather easily....(Just as long as you don't have a balloon saying "Russki Go Home" when riding your motorcycle through East Berlin ;))

38 posted on 02/26/2013 10:04:21 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Maybe someone will tell him that it’s called Mumbai.


39 posted on 02/26/2013 10:11:35 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (What word begins with "O" and ends in economic collapse?)
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To: Pan_Yan

I’m sure Kerry’s family was special but the ‘losing my passport’ comment caught my eye.

I was a military dependent in the 50’s. We had ONE passport, with a picture of the entire family on it. When we returned to the States from Morocco, my baby brother had been added to the family, born in Morocco in 1955. His picture was stapled to the one of the rest of us, on the same passport.

Also, as military dependents, we knew what expectations were for our behavior, and no one I know would have been so stupid to have attempted what Kerry claims he did - crossing from one Berlin to another. How did he get his bicycle over that barbed wire, I wonder?

Love to have someone find proof that his story, as are most of the stories told by Dems in the higher echelon of the party, is full of crap.


40 posted on 02/26/2013 10:27:46 AM PST by SusaninOhio
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To: cripplecreek

LOL


41 posted on 02/26/2013 10:28:57 AM PST by SusaninOhio
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To: cripplecreek

lol.


42 posted on 02/26/2013 10:34:36 AM PST by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: 11th Commandment
how could anyone ride a bike out of East Berlin?

Think how many people died trying to get out of East Berlin... if only they had watched him and done just as he did!

43 posted on 02/26/2013 12:52:06 PM PST by Former Fetus (Saved by grace through faith)
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