It’s easy to lecture the world about walls when you’re protected by one.
That’s exactly what former President Barack Obama did today.
Sitting alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel, former President Obama lectured the current administration about its immigration policy Thursday.
While not mentioning President Trump by name, Obama made clear to whom he was leveling his criticism.
“In this new world that we live in we can’t isolate ourselves,” Obama said. “We can’t hide behind a wall.”
As the security measures enacted to protect the former president show, talk is cheap.
— Clifford Gagliardo (@CliffGagliardo) May 25, 2017
Onlookers strained to take pictures of Obama, who was “behind (a) security barricade.”
The police were ready for anything that might come their way, and stood guard, protecting the wall protecting Obama:
Now I know why the security is crazy in Berlin. Looks like Obama and Merkle are in town! pic.twitter.com/2YKiUWjL7c
— Mike Barns (@Barnsy70) May 25, 2017
There were concrete barriers protecting the police protecting the wall protecting Obama:
— J. Eckleben (@Eckleben) May 25, 2017
Police began days in advance, with a local paper calling the security tactics the “toughest” yet.
— The Local Germany (@TheLocalGermany) May 24, 2017
When Obama visited Berlin in November, security forces created a perimeter:
President Obama is visiting Berlin today and due to the extensive security measures for all road users long delays are expected from 16:00 pic.twitter.com/8HzvAs6MrY
— Team Global (@team_global) November 16, 2016
Barriers and heavily armed police forces protected his hotel:
— Markku R. Peltonen (@markpelton) November 16, 2016
But all the world heard was the our former Dear Leader saying, “We can’t hide behind a wall.”