“So often in the past there’s been a sharp division between left and right, between capitalist and communist or socialist,” the president said Wednesday during a Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative town hall meeting in Buenos Aires. “And especially in the Americas, that’s been a big debate, right? Oh, you know, you’re a capitalist Yankee dog, and oh, you know, you’re some crazy communist that’s going to take away everybody’s property.
Perhaps Obama never considered the difference between capitalist West Germany and communist East Germany. Same people, but capitalism worked. West Germans enjoyed all the benefits of modern living, while East Germans were prisoners in their nation, forced to live bleak lives.
Here’s what the East Germans car looked like in 1989, the awful Trabant.
Here’s what West Germans were producing in 1989
That’s just one model from one German automaker. West Germans could buy Japanese, Korean and American cars. Unlike their poor brothers and sisters behind the wall, they didn’t have get on a multi-year waiting list before getting their car.
Per the Trabant, it was so bad it inspired dozens of jokes:
Q. How do you double the value of a Trabant?
A. Fill up the tank!
Q. How many workers does it take to build a Trabi?
A. Three, one to cut, one to fold and one to paste.
Q. How do you measure the acceleration of a Trabant?
A. With a diary.
Q. Why do some Trabants have heated rear windows?
A. To keep your hands warm when pushing.
Q. What’s the difference between a Jehovah’s Witness and a Trabant?
A. You can shut the door on a Jehovah’s Witness.
Q. When does a Trabi reach its top speed?
A. When it’s being towed.