July 24th, 2008
01:32 PM ET
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Obama calls on citizens around world to stand together


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. Deb, Allentown, PA

    Wow, Liz, pay attention. There was a Ticker story on the heckling. One person among all those at the wall. McCain can't even get through one of his controlled-attendee town meetings without behind heckled.

    July 24, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  2. Independent

    I just don’t understand why republican just leave hateful messages. Specially this Idiot guy Mike. Are you guys full of hates? Your accusations are baseless anyways. Obama is in a foreign country and gave a nice speech. He is there as a US representative. His speech will improve our image world wide. You want to criticize him, do that on something else when he is back. Does republicans know anything beside criticizing opponent???

    July 24, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  3. Lee ,

    Speech in Berlin was great like the others as always. The message was at staging phase to restore America's credebility in the eye of the world. Our allies across the ocean would welcome the diplomatic efforts, understanding for a common cause as promised by Senator Obama on behalf of the American people. There is no other way to tackle the global problems that affects the civilized human beings without casualities. McCain snores while Obama soars!!!!

    July 24, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  4. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    I know that the hate will come out a plenty but I am proud to see an American welcomed with open arms overseas. This country has been represented by an unknowing, arrogant man and it is time for a change in this country that Barack will bring.

    July 24, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  5. Selena

    A poll taken today in Germany , states that 57 % would not prefer a cult like leader like Obama , but rather a leader that has solid commitment to issues with substance and a record of achievement.
    12 % said that they didn't know enough about Obama .
    Perhaps Europeans are smarter and more astute when it comes to their politics.

    July 24, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  6. marulanda(colombia)



    July 24, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  7. Ted, WA

    This is who we need as President of the free world.

    July 24, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  8. 100,000 people in Berlin

    100,000 people in Berlin cheered Obama – and many waved the American flag! Beat that McSame.

    July 24, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  9. A German

    Wow! So many comments, so little thought... sometimes.
    I think it is great that Obama shows the world his face. Of course Germany loves him because anything is better than George Bush. Germany has seen the horrors of war and since the beginning of the Iraq War, they have lost faith in American foreign policy. (We still don't understand the "Defend our country" stuff, since you really have never been attacked by another country) Obama's appearance in Germany (and other major players in Europe later on this week) shows that he is willing to work peacefully with countries. Many Americans do not realize how important the American President is to the world community (the fact of the matter is that most Germans know who is running for President in the U.S., but Americans couldn't say the same about Germany.) The Iraq War is just one example of how American decisions influence Planet Earth as a whole and I think it's great that Obama introduces himself to other countries around the world as a potential leader of the one and only superpower.
    I also think it's time for the world to love America again. I certainly do and this great country deserves better than the image it has right now. I am not American, but I love this country and its people (well, I guess not all of them). I just wish my fellow countrymen now better understand why I made the decision to come to America. People like Obama allow the world to see the United States' potential.
    @Bond_Dallas: Actually every German is required to learn English in 3rd grade and the vast majority of Germans under the age of 50 is fluent in English. Just letting you know.

    July 24, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  10. Chris from Baltimore


    Senator John McCain gives a "riveting" speech at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a "new" Chevy dealership in East Podunk, Ohio...

    This Just In...McCain declares "Just Sign and Drive...If you've got a job, you've got a car..." at the event, dubbed the "McCain Sale-O-Bration."

    July 24, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  11. Lisa

    After reading through all the comments I realized that Americans are so dumb.

    July 24, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  12. itiswhatitis

    Jim Blanco said:
    Hussein Obama sells his country down the tubes for a citizenship in the global community… sounds like redistribution of wealth to me. If he and the Euros are so in love with one another, maybe he should stay there.
    Hey libs, why is it that your messiah Hussein Obama gets the overwhelming majority of press coverage and the benefit of a Pro-Obama PSYOP campaign vehicled by the American media, yet he is still tied in the polls with McCain?

    Dear Jim,
    Obama didn't sell his country. Bush did.
    And Obama gets so much press coverage because he makes sure to always have something newsworthy to be reported. McCain has yet to learn the media game.

    July 24, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  13. obama


    July 24, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  14. Paula, CA

    HOPE is alive! Great job Obama! OBAMA '08!!!!

    July 24, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  15. Ricky - Hispanic/Educated and voting for Obama

    Obama is a leader because he is uniting the U.S. with the world. Getting shot down in a plane doesnt not prove leadership. The others who disregard Obama's ability to lead are either ignorant, in denial, or do not want to see America prosper.

    Europeans might not be the ones voting for our President be they will be our allies in this global environment.

    Obama '08.

    July 24, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  16. Andrea

    I see a great diplomat in Obama. When McCain speaks I want to go to sleep!!!

    July 24, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  17. Jamaal kansas

    this man is poised to be the Next President and No fear Mongering will stop that

    July 24, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  18. Perezl

    To Mexican American in Texas

    I guess you don't know to many latinos ha!!!

    July 24, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  19. bt

    To: Mexican American in Texas.....Please tell me what you base your opinion on...you sound just like the racist whites who are against him...I am sure you are one of those Mexican's that show you to be white on your birth certificate as so many of you do...so if you know not who you are, I don't expect you to know who Obama is or what he stands for.also, you sound like you are using someone else's words instead of your own..possibly something you heard and it sounded good to you...further don't confuse the intelligence of Obama as arrogance...thats what white folks say....If you think he gave anything other than an excellent speech in Berlin...you need to give much thought to who u really are and what u really think...Obama '08

    July 24, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  20. Lindsay

    Go, Obama, go! You make us proud!



    July 24, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  21. Jean

    Oh my goodness, it must be splendid to be so naive.

    July 24, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  22. rs


    July 24, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  23. 17 year old future politician

    All those people, inspired, filled with hope and ambition to unite the world, under one man, Obama. It is a shame that people on this blog show hate towards this event. This was not to benifit his campaign, or to diss McCains campaign, this was to unite the world. You all should be ashamed of yourselves. This was highly inspirational!
    Obama/Sebelius 08'

    July 24, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  24. Christiane from Germany

    i dont understand why People here talk so neagtive about his Speech in Berlin. The Friendship between USA and Germany is a old Friendship and really important for us. and we waiting so long for a President who work for this Friendship. That has nothing to do with , the want to be the german President.
    I am from East Germany, i lived 19 Years behind the Wall. I know what it means to fight for Freedom. But most People can not understand this.

    July 24, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
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