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. Jason - Chandler, Arizona

    Everyone into the Mosh Pit...come tear it up at Obamafest.. Next on stage will be Slipknot followed by Metallica...

    July 24, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  2. Daniel

    The europeans would hear anything that comes out this guys mouth. I hope they don't think too much of it or think we Americans think alike, to the contrary, his missguided ideas and views of this world could cause to our country.
    Well, election is not here yet so maybe we don't have to worry about him wining anything because he WON'T.

    July 24, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  3. Internet Argument Winner

    Its not just Obama, the World is celebrating the end of Bush era.

    July 24, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  4. NoMcSame

    Next week $25.00 more to help the Obama cause. The Obama cause is the American cause. The American cause is to be a leader in the free world but we need a true leader.

    July 24, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  5. jr

    Adam – Your post is a little delusional if you think that McCain has no more expereince then Hillary or Obama. No one has expereince in the position of the presidency until they are elected, yes that's true. But just as a tradesman begins his career first as an apprentice, then moves onto journeyman, and then onto master, so do we, the real people judge thier experience and readiness. It's all in the preparation towards that highest office goal that counts. Based on current lifetime achievements, experience and readiness the three rank this way.

    McCain / Clinton = Masters
    Obama = Apprentice

    Maybe you need to get off of that diet of pablum and strained peas because believing everything that a novice politician tells you does not make it so.

    July 24, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  6. Katie

    I love it that people keep bringing up the fact that Germany has supported the Kaiser and Fuhrer thing. Well perhaps if you looked back you might see why. When Hitler took power Germany was in what was probably THE WORST economic state that it had ever seen poverty ran throughout the country like wildfire and then along came a young energetic radical calling for change and promising to give Germany back "what was rightfully hers". It's easy to understand why the German people as a whole got swept up by Hitler. And what does all of that sound vaguely like? Maybe American history??? Right after the stock market crashed...anyone???

    July 24, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  7. Mark Cross Junction VA

    I saw this picture taken about 60 years ago when the third reich walked the same path. Obama can't be trusted such as Hitler was, say one thing to please the crowd and turn around and do something different. Mein Kaump Obama

    July 24, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  8. Phil, FL

    Phil – if you make more than a qua\rter of a million a year, he will tax you more.

    If you make less than a quarter of a million a year, your taxes will be lowered.

    Get your brain to work

    July 24, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  9. Michelle

    Is it true that there was a CONCERT in Berlin to draw a crowd?

    July 24, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  10. Griff

    Listening to Borack Obama in Germany, is just like the rerun's of Adolph Hitler, as he was in 1938. 70yrs ago... No doubt Germany will be showing those same reruns, after this Idiot has gone..

    July 24, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  11. one nation under god!!!!

    All of our forefathers came to america because of the failings of europe and europeans.Does he think we are gonna care what europe thinks of us.If elected its revolution time and youll need more then empty fuzzy feelings and a leftist politcal blog to save your socialist leaders and views.Judgement day is comming dems dont get caught on the other side of the river when the dam breaks cause you wont be able to get back

    July 24, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    H says:
    I THINK IT IS DISGUESTING ALL THE COVERAGE OF OBAMA. HE IS NOT MY PRESIDENT AND WILL NEVER BE.

    Herber Walker is that you?

    July 24, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  13. one nation under god!!!!

    Since his speech started the dow has dropped 70 points.

    July 24, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  14. Texas Trail Dog!

    YES IT REALLY SAYS SOMETHING. IT ONLY MAKES US OPPONENTS OF OBAMA MORE DETERMINED THAN EVER TO INSURE HE NEVER REACHES THE WHITE HOUSE. READ IT OBEMBIE BACKERS OBAMA WILL NEVER BE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. EVEN IF HE DOES GAIN THE OVAL OFFICE HE WILL NEVER BE THE FAVORITE OF THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE IN THE U.S.

    July 24, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  15. GARY

    LEST PEOPLE FORGET HITLERS PARTY WAS VOTED BY THE PEOPLE IN GERMANY HITLERS NATIONAL SOCIALIST PARTY HAD MORE SEATS IN THEIR PARLIAMENT SO HITLER BECAME CHANCELLOR SO WE CAN SEE THE GERMANS GETTING SUCKED IN BY ANOTHER MESSIAH. PLEASE IF I HEAR EMPTY SUIT OBAMA COMPARED TO JFK I AM GOING TO VOMIT JFK WAS IN THE HOUSE 6 YEARS AND IN THE SENATE BEFORE HE RAN FOR PRESIDENT

    July 24, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  16. pakuna

    this coming world leader will rise to power on a wave of global euphoria as he arrives on the scene to temporarily save the world from its desperate economic, military and political woes. Like Satan himself, who frequently appears as an angel of light, this man will deceive most of the world into thinking that he is a great man of peace, a hero. The prophet Daniel wrote of the Antichrist, "By peace he shall destroy many," and "he shall come in peaceably and obtain the kingdom by flatteries" (Daniel 8:25; 11:21).

    July 24, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  17. Randall

    Hail the new Messiah. Hail the new King of the World.

    God have mercy on America.

    July 24, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  18. Dawn, NH

    Dear Phil,

    Obama is the greatest thing since slice bread for the following reasons:

    He's for one America
    He wants ideas from Dems, Repubs and Indys
    He can not be boxed in a corner or a category
    He respects all people, including you
    He will respect the office and not have an affair
    He wants to change the economy and understands our frustrations
    He wants this country to live up to it's true meaning
    He won't lie to start a war and kill Americans for no reason
    He wants peace in the world

    Let me know if you need more reasons, I can go on.

    July 24, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  19. one nation under god!!!!

    Believe what you want kim i deal in facts.facts hunny.

    July 24, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  20. Phil, FL

    No Michelle – it was all for Barack

    July 24, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  21. H-ROD

    IT LOOKS LIKE VICTORY!!!( YES OBAMA CAN)!!!!

    July 24, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  22. Greg

    If America is to have a positive future, Barack Obama MUST be defeated!

    Socialism is Un-American!! Barack Obama is a Socialist!! A vote for Barack Obama is Un-American!!

    July 24, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  23. Phil, FL

    Griff – I have German friends – they HATE HITLER the same as everyone else.

    July 24, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  24. Duke

    "Henry in New York"

    Brilliant, deductive arguments! Now if only those forty percent of voters you speak of would be honest with themselves and realize their only hurting themselves

    July 24, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  25. Maria Lopez - TX

    McCain could never pull those numbers!

    They would think he is Bush and throw tomatos!

    July 24, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
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