July 24th, 2008
01:32 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama calls on citizens around world to stand together

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Obama speaks in Berlin, German Thursday. (AP Photo)

(CNN) - Sen. Barack Obama on Thursday challenged people to look to Berlin as an example of what can be accomplished when nations come together to tackle global challenges.

"This city, of all cities, knows the dream of freedom. And you know that the only reason we stand here tonight is because men and women from both of our nations came together to work, and struggle, and sacrifice for that better life," he said before a massive crowd at Berlin's Victory Column.

Watch: Obama says the world needs to unite as one

Obama introduced himself as a "proud citizen of the United States and a fellow citizen of the world."
Thousands gathered for Obama's highly anticipated speech - an event the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee said was not a "political rally."

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  1. DEMOCRAT

    I am so dying to watch

    July 24, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  2. Cyrus - NY

    Sen. Obama...you need to come back home and talk about domestic issues. If you get elected, you will get plenty of chances to travel around to rally international support. Until then, do keep in mind that the rest of world has no voice over our election process, and therefore, their opinion is irrelevant at this juncture.

    Begin debating Sen. McCain on specific issues, with concrete ideas, and commit yourself to policies that you believe in. It is time!!

    July 24, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  3. Kiah

    This man is here to change this country and hopefully the world and the cynics who reject it just don't get it.

    Obama '08 & '12

    July 24, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  4. Cheri

    WOW just WOW this man gives me goosebumps when he speaks.What a wonderful and powerful speech.Obama is the only person that can bring back our good standing in the world and I hope he wins in Nov.

    July 24, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  5. Joseph, San Antonio, TX

    two words: truly amazing

    July 24, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  6. Dandelion.

    It was an amazing moment.

    July 24, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  7. Jennifer Stewart

    one word: nauseating

    July 24, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  8. Biffington, Biff

    my comment:
    July 24th, 2008 1:38 pm ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation. (STILL)

    Sergio's comment
    July 24th, 2008 1:53 pm ET
    POSTED (really CNN)... am I banned?

    July 24, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  9. JPM

    That was amazing, just amazing. Thank you CNN for bringing this to us live.

    He is so right. And how wonderful to see how American can be great again in the eyes of the world. How the last terrible 8 years can be erased and reversed if we elect the right person.

    July 24, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  10. David from Ohio

    Wait...Americans are citizens of the world. Who would have thought so given the last eight years.

    July 24, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  11. Bob from Kentucky

    "proud citizen of the United States and a fellow citizen of the world."

    Me too.

    July 24, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  12. bill for barack

    America used to know the dream of freedom – but that was before the tyranny of the Bush dictatorship.
    Maybe Barack can restore that dream.

    July 24, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  13. Frank Canada

    I am so proud to see America getting some positive recognition from around the globe. All the protest rallies and effigy burning over the past 8 years has been depressing and not what I wanted to see done to the image of a country I feel deserves so much more respect.

    Obama speaks and inspires hope in people for a better world tomorrow and God knows we need it and need it soon. I have seen comments trying to condemn him as an empty suit which of course flies in the face of reality.

    Not likely Obama or anyone else can accomplish all the objectives he talks about but the more success he has with his ideas and ideals the better off everyone will be. The main thing is Obama knows there is need for some changes and will work to implement them during his tenure as President. THAT IS REAL HOPE!

    Unfortunately his opposition has chosen a path of no hope for any more than exists today so it would be foolish for anyone to expect any improvements in the current situation and everyone's current status both financially and globally.

    Of course there are a number of people quite content to keep the status quo so it will interesting to see how many Americans believe their country and lives are need of change.

    July 24, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  14. jOHN

    WHAT A FREAKING BIG BAG OF HOT AIR THIS GUY IS...YET ALL THE SAPS ARE BUYING HIS CRAP.

    July 24, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  15. Deirdra, NH

    He's all American.

    Obama 08

    July 24, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  16. jo

    With this speach MCcain will vote for Obama. With the right mind I don't know who won't vote for this amazing guy. god bless
    I love you man....

    July 24, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  17. Earl

    TOP THAT ONE MCWAR....you can't even come close to even making

    a speech like that.......now let's hear you say it......WAAAAA

    July 24, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  18. The Bottom LINE

    GREAT SPEECH........... UNITY PEOPLE!!!

    July 24, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  19. Deirdra, NH

    He was born in the USA.

    Obama 08

    July 24, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  20. HENRY

    blah blah blah blah blah.....empty words from an empty suit.

    July 24, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  21. Jon

    He spends so much time writing speeches, (or having them written for him), that you'd think his time would be better spent writing and enacting some legislation.

    Good thing he's working so hard to crack down on those oil speculators he made a speech about a couple of months ago!!

    July 24, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  22. Robert

    Typical Obama, not one word of substance or anything that matters. He sounds like he is trying to impersonate MLK. He is no MLK and never will be. This is just another way for the media to glorify him as they usually do. CNN should change from CNN to BNN (Barrack News Network). That certainly fits your news reports a lot better. Obama is a fake that only talks about change but never offers any.

    July 24, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  23. MIRTHA ALONSO

    I hear the same in Cuba by Fidel Castro!.Where we go from here!...............BLA BLA I will stop watching CNN ?.

    July 24, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  24. BGIV in NC

    To all those like me who are supporting Obama. While these types of events are amazing and offer hope for our future. We need to stay focused on supporting the "down ballot" offices to make sure that if he wins, that he has the support he needs. So, please get out there and help with your local congressional candidate, senatorial candidate, etc. He can offer the vision for direction and legislation, but he needs the feet on the ground to enact the vision.

    July 24, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  25. Biffington, Biff

    Rober, NYC...

    words, words, words...?

    What the hell is he supposed to do,, sing, dance, tell them how a toaster oven is built???

    July 24, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
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