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. John's Whiner

    Wah. wah. my eyes are welling up with tears….only because we are going to stuck with this big bag of hot air for four years because people are GULLIBLE.–John
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    That's right John, and if you don't like it you can go suit up and follow McSame to fight in Iran. Or if you're really lucky he'll start a war closer to home.

    Obama 08

    July 24, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  2. Jackson

    One World Government

    July 24, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  3. Oh! The Irony

    Scott L July 24th, 2008 1:53 pm ET

    A lot of US Senators back home who have been working hard for many more years than Barack…who have been through re-election battles…who have fought hard on their agendas and bills…

    …they are gonna be pretty PO'd right about now.

    And oh BTW why are taxpayers paying for Obama's trip??? This is ridiculous…
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    Taxpayer's are not paying for it. It's out of campaign funds. Read up on a topic before you address it.

    Taxpayer's stop paying for this trip the minute it stopped being a government Senatorial fact finding mission in the middle East. You know, with other Senators in attendance?

    July 24, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  4. karen-phoenix

    For the first time in 8 years I was sooooo proud of America watching Obama speak in Berlin!!! Pride of our country is coming back!!! He even said NO MORE torture!!!! Over 100,000 turned out to see him. We have not had this since JFK. Thank you God for sending us Obama at a time the UNited States needs all the HOPE it can get!!! Peace is Patriotic!! Yes We Can!!

    July 24, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  5. JIM...TX

    McCain and Bush together couldn't draw that many people to one place. Well......maybe they could but they'd be PROTESTERS :)

    July 24, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  6. Chicagoway

    Its time for mccain to counter this by going to another dairy product aisle in a market and making no sense. My god, that was one of the most incoherent ramblings I have ever heard.

    July 24, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  7. Lorna, NY

    I am proud to be an American! Our newxt President of the US is a brilliant man!

    July 24, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  8. Ellie

    Very POWERFUL speech, this is a man who is very in tuned with the world and the issues that need to be addressed. He's going to be one of the greatest PRESIDENT of all time. He has proven time and time again that going into WAR is NOT always the most effective means to an end or to solve a problem. McCain is just like his buddy Bush, very "trigger" happy and quick to take us into war and then use the lame excuse that things all all "peaches and roses" and McCain keeps repeating "victory" and yet has NO clue on how to explain his use of the word as it pertains to the WAR!!!! What? How can you claim victory and not explain WHAT it means and WHERE we go. All he keeps talking about is the SURGE, SURGE, SURGE..... SO WHAT? What is NEXT? That's the million dollar question, and Sen. McCain is wants credit for the surge and can't even get the dates CORRECT on when the surge began. I mean talk about a man with NO CLUE.

    Being a military does NOT give McCain full FOREIGN POLICY experience. Being a prisoner of war does NOT make you an authority on foreign policies around the world when you CAN'T even keep the sunni and shiites straight!!!

    I think Sen. Obama is FAR more diplomatic and articulate and he carries a very charismatic "polish" persona about him that people feel comfortable and become very interested in what he thinks and says. I don't think it's a "rock star" vibe, I really think Americans are just tired of a President who talks WAR, WAR, WAR and does NOT carry a sense of "polished and articulate" sense of diplomacy about him. McCain DEFINITELY is NOT articulate and very "fumbling" in his approach and just DOES NOT "connect" with people around the world and Americans. He's too out of touch, he just does NOT have what it takes to be an American President.

    An American President, is someone majority of Americans can connect with and get "motivated" by. John McCain does NOT motivate me with any of his dull and boring speeches, town hall meetings, and ads. He walks around half the time like he's in a constant state of confusion and needs some directions. Even more depressing is whenever he's asked on controversial issues like abortion, viagra, etc. he's clearly has NO CLUE and looks like a deer with the headlights flashing in his face. This is very disturbing to me AND a big turn off.

    July 24, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  9. John Whiner

    Wah. wah. my eyes are welling up with tears….only because we are going to stuck with this big bag of hot air for four years because people are GULLIBLE.–John
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    That's right John, and if you don't like it you can go suit up and follow McSame to fight in Iran. Or if you're really lucky he'll start a war closer to home.

    Obama 08

    July 24, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  10. Brian

    Awesome! Finally an American politician with the dignity, intellect and presence to tour the world an actually improve our image abroad.

    Godspeed and arrive home safely, Mr. President.

    OBAMA '08!!!

    July 24, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  11. Ed

    I believe again....that people are mindless sheep.
    Two words...........disgusting and scary.

    July 24, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  12. Anthony

    Hey 'Mexican American in Texas'

    I'm a Mexican American, and you don't speak for me or any other Latino or Mexican American....only yourself and your views....so don't say "We" because there is no "We".....get it straight.

    Go OBAMA!!!!!! 08'

    July 24, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  13. 08 and Counting

    Go Barack, stand up for America and our ideals–you rock.

    Obama 08

    July 24, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  14. Bayou Joe

    Absolutely.. Mexican Am in Texas.. Everyone I know in Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas that is of Mexican descent (3rd gen or more), detests what Obama stands for and will not follow this pied piper.
    We know better and will not buy into his Socialis/Marxist agenda.

    Our vote is for our country and that is John S. McCain.

    I challenge CNN and the other polls to take a poll in San Antonio
    or Phoenix among Hispanics that are 2 or more generations removed from Mexico.

    July 24, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  15. ANGIE

    Great speech loved it the negetivty on this board seems to amaze me must be republicans they dont like peace or appreciate it their warmongers AMERICA THE WORLD IS TIRED OF WAR LETS TRY PEACE FOR A CHANGE WHATS WRONG WITH THAT OBAMA IS GOING TO BE A WONDERFUL PRESIDENT too bad some of you are so filled with hate and anger you should really seek god!!!!

    July 24, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  16. Janet

    I see that racism is still "alive and well" in the USA

    July 24, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  17. Cheri

    I bet McCain regrets the day he harped on Obama to make that trip to the Middle East. Also Scott L. the taxpayers are not paying for this trip, Obama's campaign is.

    July 24, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  18. Kathy in Michigan

    Great Speech!!!

    I had time to watch because I gave the McBush my grocery list and let them pick up the tab of the increased prices since McBush has time to go grocery shopping.

    July 24, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  19. dimitri

    BHO is a socialist!!

    July 24, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  20. Skepticus

    Somewhere, Michelle is saying, "For the first time in my life, I am proud of Germany".

    July 24, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  21. Michael Sheridan, Sacramento

    "It's only Europe," I expect his opponents will say (are saying). This is America, and we're too smart (or something) to elect a guy admired by the rest of the world. In fact, if THEY like him, that's a good reason to vote against him. Let's vote for the other guy–you know, the one even we don't much like. That'll show those snooty Europeans they can't push us around with their adulation of an American Presidential candidate!

    July 24, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  22. James

    When will we g-r-o-w up? When will we understand the futility of our endeavors and put childish things behind us? This business of political correctness needs a rest – a lot of rest. We make jokes and we laugh yet we have no idea what we are doing to ourselves. It is time for serious change. Furthering the hatred of individual color will be our demise.
    For years, to identify an American, we continue to stoop to a new low by tagging whatever to those that are not white; this incessant practice is inane. An American, be it black, white, red, brown, yellow, purple, whatever, is still an American no matter how one chooses to think. To state the obvious furthers alienation among those that wish to be identified as originating from some country of historical origin. What is the big deal? Is it because of our ego? In this day and age, is it that important to state what we are? We are human beings, as such; we need to treat each other with respect and dignity.

    July 24, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  23. ostriches burying our heads in the sand

    Well done Barack! It was a beautiful speech!

    July 24, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  24. Thomas

    There has never been a more frightening man to run for President then Obama. If he is elected the entire world will falls with the US first. I just return from a 3rd world country and it was part of the berlin wall that came down and these people have nothing. It is as though they are living 15 centuries back in time. This is what Mr. Obama wants for America. Blacks want him because he is black and I can understand that but beware of wolves in sheep clothing. He is a very dangerous man No hisapanic will vote for him and not many whites and without Clinton no women. Mrs. Clinton should not take second to him she should have been first. She should wait until next time.
    AMERICA WAKE UP "DON'T VOTE FOR OBAMA"

    July 24, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  25. NOBAMA

    THE GREAT NOBAMA has brainwashed CNN and tons of voters...the USA is going down.

    July 24, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
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