July 24th, 2008
10:15 AM ET
6 years ago

On the Scene: 'Obamafest' hits Berlin

Onlookers gather for Obama's Thursday speech in Berlin, Germany.
Onlookers gather for Obama's Thursday speech in Berlin, Germany.

BERLIN, Germany (CNN) – Crowds have grown and thinned throughout the day outside of the swank Adlon Hotel where Barack Obama and his entourage are preparing for the Democratic presidential candidate’s visit here.

Police have closed off part of the street in front of the hotel which sits in the shadow of the Brandenburg Gate as throngs lean on metal barriers, cameras in hand, hoping to get a glimpse of the man himself.

Watch: Crowds wait for Obama to speak in Berlin

Just a short walk up the road is the Victory Column where Obama will deliver his remarks, a speech he says will be a “substantive articulation of the relationship” he would like to see between the United States and Europe.

Although Obama and his aides have strongly denied politics plays a role in today’s event, a leisurely stroll towards the event site left a different impression.

Obama volunteers have set up shop on street corners, and are registering Democrats who live abroad to vote. “Anyone an American citizen?” bellowed one woman holding a homemade “register to vote” sign. “If you’re a Democrat abroad you must register to vote,” yelled her male counterpart. Takers were quickly ushered to a folding table manned by several eager Obama supporters, where they were provided paperwork to fill out.

A few were looking to cash in on the Obama frenzy. For 5 Euros one could pick up two unofficial Obama buttons. An Obama ’08 button with pictures of both John Kennedy and Barack Obama appeared to be doing well, but the prize went to the button that had Obama’s head atop the body of a beer garden waiter holding seven huge glasses of German brew. The button’s slogan? OBAMAFEST! Of course.


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soundoff (234 Responses)
  1. Karwolo

    I am definitely not voting for McCain but Obama has got no substance. To be fair though, he's still creating a buzz with his empty rhetoric but as they say, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. But seriously though, when the debate starts, instead of people asking about the quality of his flagpins they should ask about issues like the economy and iraq and insist that he give a substantial answer. Same applies to McCain by the way.

    July 24, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  2. DON'T HOLD your BREATH!!!

    To-NotFallingInLine.orgo-Go To H_LL!!!

    THE WORLD LOVES SENATOR OBAMA!!!!

    OBAMA 08 !
    OBAMA 08 !
    OBAMA 08 !
    OBAMA 08 !
    OBAMA 08 !
    OBAMA 08 !
    OBAMA 08 !

    July 24, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  3. KENNETH M.

    I AM AN OBAMA SUPPORTER BUT CAN ANYONE TELL ME WHY WE CARE IF EUROPE AND GERMANY LIKES US? JUST ASKING.

    July 24, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  4. Sten, CA

    Obama is the man, what can I say. Bush goes to Europe and protestors sprouts every where like mushrooms. I've changed my mind just like McBush, I am voting for Obama, the other guy (I don't want to mention his name and give him free plug) bores me to death.
    Obama-mama

    July 24, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  5. Alberto, Seattle

    Great headline CNN, after Obama makes his VP selection, we can start with the Heckle and Jeckle jokes. By the way, Jerusalem is NOT FOR SALE!

    July 24, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  6. DON'T HOLD your BREATH!!!

    NotFallingInLine.orgo-–Go To H_LL!!!

    THE WORLD LOVES SENATOR OBAMA!!!!

    OBAMA 08 !
    OBAMA 08 !
    OBAMA 08 !
    OBAMA 08 !
    OBAMA 08 !
    OBAMA 08 !
    OBAMA 08 !

    July 24, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  7. Maria Lopez - TX

    I WONDER IF BUSH OR MCCAIN WOULD GET THIS MUCH ATTENTION?

    Obama must be doing something right ! !!!!!!!!!!!

    July 24, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  8. Mary

    Obama is just hoping to catch some of the hype that Kennedy caught back in the 60s when he appeared at the Berlin wall and declared in German "I am a Berliner." OBAMA is NO KENNEDY by a long shot.

    July 24, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  9. one nation under god!!!!

    Thank god most americans think that when the europeans are for something it means that it makes no sense and when they are upset with us means we are doing something right.In other words obama accepted by europeans means he loses votes here.I said it oonce and ill say it again the boy is unelectable.All you first time voters are gonna be so upset on election day.Youll say "what went wrong ,i thought b-diddy had it sewn up . The media said so".But youll learn that the only ones who are for this guy is the liberal media ,some snot nose never had a job college punks, and minorities. So listen up kids the boy is unelectable and germany has no electoral votes.Thank you and good nite.

    July 24, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  10. Sweetie

    What a Joke!

    The Germans aren't going to be voting in the General Election.

    They really like our Movie Star's.

    McCain 08

    July 24, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  11. Rise America Rise

    Today I am just smiling. No negative thoughts, just a good feeling because America is being well represented in the eyes of the world. The world wants to like us, and we want them to like us. Yes we can!!!

    July 24, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  12. ProundToBeDemocrat

    Obama is one of a kind. I never seen a leader like Obama after John F.Kennedy.

    July 24, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  13. Robert

    As someone who has lived in Germany for many years, I am embarrased Obama is giving a speech in Berlin. He should not try to pretend he is JFK or Reagan, (it is rediculous to comapre him to them) and stop this nonsense of trying to win the election by speeches...and this time campaigning in a foreign country. I think it is wrong, and so are his policies.

    July 24, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  14. eric

    The only chance we have to win the war on terror is to get the rest of the world on our side and eager to support us. Obama represents the America the rest of the world wants to love. They see him as the embodiment of the American dream and the endless possibility we offer to anyone willing to work hard enough. We've shot ourselves in the foot long enough. We need Obama so we can regain the admiration and respect for our country that Bush ruined.

    July 24, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  15. Lim

    Obama 08: YES, WE SCAM!

    July 24, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  16. Robert

    Obama is probably the best candidate that ever took a world tour prior to an election. Now the people in these countries are getting to know what a fine man he is first hand. His wife is also going to make a great (beautiful) First Lady. (Hopefully, she will get tour the world so that these same people can meet her).

    July 24, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  17. Dem

    McCain said Obama needs to go overseas... now that he has, McCain is jealous that he draws bigger crowds and support by foreign leaders.

    McCain = not so bright

    July 24, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  18. a southern bell for OBAMA

    AMERICA IS BACK !!!!!

    THIS IS HOW AMERICAN PRESIDENTS

    USED TO BE GREETED BY THE WORLD, UNTIL WE STARTED

    ELECTING WARMONGERING MORONS, THAT ARE DEAD SET

    ON SEEING, US BANKRUPT, & THE WHOLE WORLD AT WAR.

    July 24, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  19. Christian OB fan

    The whole world can see Obama is an intellegent, well spoken man with good judgement and character. Finally, America can once again gain respect from other countries with Obama in the White House.

    July 24, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  20. Dem

    McCain said Obama needs to go overseas… now that he has, McCain is jealous that he draws bigger crowds and support by foreign leaders.

    McCain = not so bright and always whining about something...

    July 24, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  21. Independant Vet

    CNN. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.

    YOU PRIT AS IT IS. AN IF ONES CAN NOT STAND THE TRUTH. SO BE IT , FOR THEY HAVE ALREADY JOINED THE MUSLIMS , HELP WANTED LIST.

    MOST PEOPLE HAVE NO INTEREST IN A LIAR. OBAMA HAS LIED , OR FLIP FLOPPED , WE DARE NOT COUNT . WHY ? BEFORE WE GET A GOOD START , HE HAS ALL READY FLIPPED AGAIN.

    BIG QUESTION ? WHY IS ABC, CBS , NBC ALL SUPPORTIVE OF THE MUSLIM. FOR THEY SURE ARE JAMMING HIM DOWN OUR THROATS, OR AT LEAST TRYING TO. ESPECIALLY ABC , FOR THEY ORDER ALL TO REMOVE LAPEL PINS . AN WHO IS PAYING FOR THIS TRIP FOR ALL THE DC AN COMPANY. ? TAX PAYERS .

    tHEY WILL HAVE A LIMO WAITING FOR HIS ARRIVAL BACK HERE AN TAKE HIM DIRECT TO KENNEDY'S YATCH AN HAVE ANOTHER PARTY , REZKO , FARRAKHAN , CARTER FOR A WATIER , WITH BILLY'S BEER . PELOSI WITH HER TRASH DO NOTHING BAG , AN GIFT LIST FROM THE DO NOTHING CONGRESS .

    NO WE ARE IN TROUBLE , WITH THIS MUSLIM , WAKE UP NOOOO OBAMA , NO WAYYYYY

    July 24, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  22. Montana is Obama Country

    ............ BARACKTOBER Fest....

    ............. BARACKTOBER Fest.......

    ............. BARACKTOBER Fest......

    ............. BARACKTOBER Fest........

    .......YES..>WE<...Can.....

    July 24, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  23. one nation under god!!!!

    You know who else had a cult following like this? Hitler.If hes elected its militia time for alot of americans.And youll need more than a blog to save this fascist.

    July 24, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  24. Ian MacIsaac

    Poor McSame. His campaign said he was being treated by the media and the world as a "speedbump on the road to history." Well, I mean, isn't that what he is?

    July 24, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  25. Billiam the Kid

    Lmao!!! I love it!!!! Do you all see the unadulterated hate and jealousy being spewd by repugs, and disenchanted voters on these blogs??? Muahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 24, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
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