Joschka Fischer, former German foreign minister, Die Zeit | July 29, 2008
Obama's popularity last Thursday showed the desire for a responsible global power and the unwavering belief that the US should be that power. ++ But the charisma of the presidential candidate should not blur our view of the other Obama: the Realpolitiker. ++ In his speech, he made clear that neither can the US be an arrogant superpower, nor can Europe neglect its military duties, e.g. in Afghanistan. ++ Furthermore, Obama cannot escape the necessities of the Realpolitik and will need to act as the president of the world's biggest power.