Just one week shy of the 50th anniversary of then-President John F. Kennedy's famous "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech, President Barack Obama offered up his own speech to the people of that city.
But not everyone was impressed with this latest speech. Indeed, for Utah Congressman Rob Bishop, one might say his response would be, "Ich bin ein American."
In a wide-ranging speech Wednesday at the historic Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Obama renewed his call to reduce U.S. and Russian nuclear stockpiles.
Even before his speech, White House aides were drawing attention to his call for nuclear reductions, casting it as the centerpiece of his address.
"Peace with justice means pursuing the security of a world without nuclear weapons, no matter how distant that dream may be," Obama said.
"We can ensure the security of America and our allies and maintain a strong and credible strategic deterrent while reducing our deployed strategic nuclear weapons by up to one-third."
It was this call for nuclear weapons reductions that disturbs Bishop.
"It's one of those things where I don't know what the hell he's doing right now," Bishop said in a phone call from Washington, D.C.
Asked just how upset he was with the president's remarks, on a scale of 1 to 10, Bishop pulled no punches.
"As far as what the president does, making sure that we're secure, this is a dumb move," he said. "Probably a 10. But as far as substance? A five. All he's doing is making a political statement, but he has no plan on how to actually get there."
Bishop worries that Obama's remarks may further weaken U.S. defenses.
"In a world which is becoming increasingly more dangerous, if we unilaterally -- or without concessions -- do this, we make ourselves vulnerable not just to defend ourselves, but to negotiate in the future," he said Wednesday.
Reductions in the U.S. nuclear arsenal would likely include the Minuteman III land-based missiles, which are maintained by the Ogden Air Logistics Center at Hill Air Force Base.
A spokesman at Hill referred questions to the Air Force Nuclear Warfare Center at Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico, which oversees the ICBMs maintained at Hill.
In an email response, Marie M. Vanover, director of public affairs at Kirtland Air Force Base, said: "We do not comment on presidential policy at the local level."
Bishop said he doesn't worry about the short-term impact of Minuteman III reductions in Utah, because the Ogden center has contracts that continue through 2020. But long-term, he said, "It's less clear."
"I'd like (the president) to lay out a plan for the future," Bishop said. "... He doesn't have a plan for what happens eight years from now, and that's a concern."
Asked what he'd say to Obama about his speech at the Bradenburg Gate, Bishop, who served an LDS mission in Germany, quipped: "Hey, I could've done it (the speech) in German, and I'm not impressed until he does."
Then, on a more serious note: "What I'd like him to do ... is give us a vision of how to move into the future," Bishop said.
In an emailed response to the Standard-Examiner's request for a comment on Obama's calls for nuclear weapons reductions, the Top of Utah's other Congressman, Chris Stewart, said: "Frankly, I'm concerned by the comments President Obama made in his speech. It's not language I would expect from our Commander in Chief.
"He claims that, as long as nuclear weapons exist, we are not truly safe. As a former military officer, I experienced first-hand the exact opposite -- nuclear weapons are in fact one of the tools that have kept Americans safe. Protecting our national security should be one of our country's top priorities, and recklessly reducing our missile and nuclear capabilities would threaten that security.
"Maybe I shouldn't be surprised, because it does fit a naive theme of this administration that lowering our defenses will cause our enemies to do the same. History shows our enemies will instead see it as weakness."
Bishop's spokeswoman, Melissa Subbotin, said she was surprised -- and shocked -- by the president's nuclear-reduction talk.
"This seems to be a bit more of a publicity stunt than any sort of substantive (speech)," she said. "Where's the report on all this? Where was (Russian President Vladimir) Putin? I guess I missed him in the tight shot."
Subbotin says plenty of folks in Washington see the nuclear-reduction part of the speech as little more than a stunt.
"That seems to be the feeling on the Hill -- a lot of eye-rolling and shrugging," she said. "The general reaction is that this is a dangerous topic to leverage for the sake of publicity."
In his news release sent out after Obama's speech, Bishop had harsh words for the president.
"President Obama is not Dick Cheney, and he is most certainly not President Reagan either," Bishop is quoted in the release. "In fact, he's nothing like Presidents Truman, Eisenhower or FDR who all recognized the importance of growing and improving upon national defense."
In the release, Bishop sees Obama's speech as diminishing the country's greatness.
"The President's idea to further diminish our nation's nuclear weapons systems seems to embrace and even encourage the decline of America as a superpower," he said.
Bishop called the U.S. weapons systems "antique" compared to what Russia, China and other countries have developed in the last decade.
He concluded: "We are not modernizing our arsenal to provide for future deterrence, and today's announcement does nothing to address this. Cutting our nose off to spite our face isn't a sound national security plan."
The Associated Press contributed to this article.