Obama returning to famed Berlin rally site
June 5th, 2013
11:32 AM ET
11 months ago

Obama returning to famed Berlin rally site

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.


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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. just sayin

    he's gotta do something. sure can't govern. at least if he is over there he can't do any more damage to the country. all of his lying minions on the other hand....

    June 5, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  2. Pete

    See republicans Pres.Obama is well respected internationally something your Bush couldn't claim anytime while president..Pres.Obama the diplomate,Bush advocator of wars.Pres.Obama well red and Bushs speaking like he was in a fog,big difference right people..Pres.Obama applauded and Bushs laughed at and conservatives that's just a few of their inherient differences and big ones at that but you can't say anything I understand because you voted for that imbecile from Texas not once but twice didn't yah!!

    June 5, 2013 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  3. ST

    How sad that people from outside the country can realise and appreciate the work Pres. Obama is doing, BUT people from inside pretend they do not see anything. This is quite absurd. You do not use the brain god gave you, he has the right to take it and give it to someone who can use it properly.

    June 5, 2013 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  4. Lynda/Minnesota

    "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."

    Well, good for German Chancellor Angela Merkel who has the good sense to understand that Mr. Obama IS the President of the United States and not some flunkey the GOP can humiliate and ridicule ad nauseum simply because they are pissed off that he didn't end up becoming the one termer that John McCain, Mitch McConnell, Mitt Romney (and a whole slew of paid trolls) prophesized he would become.

    I voted for "That One". Twice. And, yes. I am proud of my vote.

    June 5, 2013 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  5. Yanni

    You just sayin your daily taking point. good for you

    June 5, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    just sayin

    he's gotta do something. sure can't govern. at least if he is over there he can't do any more damage to the country. all of his lying minions on the other hand....
    --------------------–
    The 2012 general election should have been a teachable moment for the right wing. Too bad the lesson's been wasted.

    June 5, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  7. azschumi

    Let's see, what's a good name....

    Dewey, Cheatham and Howe?

    Fantastic!

    June 5, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    "Obama is doing, BUT people from inside pretend they do not see anything."

    All The GOPers/Teatrolls see is brown when it comes to Obama.

    June 5, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  9. Marlena

    Sorry to burst your bubble , but Obama is not as well liked as you might think and has lost a lot of respect in Europe.
    He is a weak leader and teleprompter speeches only get you so far.

    June 5, 2013 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |