Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama is returning to the scene of one of the most famous rallies from his 2008 campaign for the White House.
The White House announced Wednesday that the president will speak June 19 at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany, at the invitation of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
"President Obama will speak about the deep and enduring bonds between the United States and Germany, the vital importance of the transatlantic alliance, and the values that bind us together," said a statement from the White House.
The Brandenburg Gate is about a mile from the Victory Column, site of a rally that then Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois held in July 2008, during the presidential candidate's Middle East and European tour. The rally drew at least 200,000 people, according to estimates. Clips from the rally were later used by the campaign of Sen. John McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, to mock Obama as a celebrity and question whether he was ready to serve as president.
The president's visit to Germany later this month directly follows his participation in the G-8 Summit, which this year is being held in Lough Erne, Northern Ireland.