July 24th, 2008
01:32 PM ET
14 years ago

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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soundoff (324 Responses)
  1. Ian MacIsaac

    God, this is a good speech.

    July 24, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  2. Claire, OH

    I'm so proud of my next POTUS. He's making American shine, and doing a fantastic job.

    Obama 08

    July 24, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  3. bij


    July 24, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  4. LATINA for OBAMA(nj)

    Im so proud of you Mr Obama!! and I cant wait for you to be the president of the United States of America.

    July 24, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  5. Biffington, Biff

    I wonder what the mccain camp will do today to counter the press obama will receive for this speech today.....

    he HAS to do something, especially since running away from reporters yesterday (after gaffing about his oh so important surge)..
    he cancelled his availability with reporters and hid.

    (commander my arse)...

    July 24, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  6. Robert NYC & Miami

    Words, words, words.

    Where's the beef?

    Church organizer?

    July 24, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  7. y

    i like what this man is doing to re-establish our place in the world!

    July 24, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  8. Lisa


    July 24, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  9. John Smith

    For a change, American has somone so brilliant and eloquent to represent the "wisdom" of this nation! We have too much at stake to let another incompetent "old man" stand on that stage!

    July 24, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  10. Mexican American in Texas

    Who's taking this poll? CNN?...I doubt it's accurate, every
    Latino, I know detest Obama and all his Hype...we're all
    sick of all the phony attention he gets. He is "not" fit to
    be Commander in Chief, he is inexperience and very cocky.
    He lost us when we lost Hillary. Things could change for
    him to win us over "if" he stops being so arrogant and makes
    it a point to get Hillary in the ticket, otherwise, we Mexicans,
    Latinos, Hispanics whatever you want to call us, vouch to
    make him toast and vote McCain instead. It's the principle
    of the issues that count not the popularity.

    July 24, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  11. wow...

    Go on B. Obama. Make us all proud here in America

    July 24, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  12. Mike, TX

    The only reason he stands in Berlin is because the United States didn't cut and run during the cold war, which is exactly what Obama is promising to do in the Middle East.


    July 24, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  13. strong

    This is just empty rhetoric.

    More hallow-speak from wonderbama.

    July 24, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  14. Independent

    McCain: "I'm not a Berliner", but maybe we can use the surge to tear down the wall.

    It all about the SURGE in McCain's camp
    Insurgents are stoped by the surge
    The solutions to lifes problems is the surge

    yours Truly,
    Surgeant Surge

    July 24, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  15. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    America bellied up with money and resources to defend democracy in Europe in WW-I and also in WW-II.
    Why are they so willing to just sit by and watch as we fight the global war on terror and create a wall between Iraq and the middle-east?

    Not only are Europeans (and Germans/French in particular) so unwilling to aid us in Afghanistan and Iraq.

    Could it be they're just waiting for a lacky who won't hold them accountable?

    Obama–fits the job description there. No wonder they're so happy!!

    Now Americans can continue to fight the global war on terror and be happy about having to finance the security of the planet and sacrifice in support of their new President.

    Get a grip. Wake up and smell the cappucino!!!

    Obama will not continue to pressure our allies to step up to the plate. They will still sit on the side-lines while we invest the lives of our own military and our own financial resources to make the world safer–and likely ridicule his efforts as they have GW Bush.

    July 24, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  16. Latinos Para McCain

    The presidency is not a popularity contest or reality show.
    Obama goes around the world quoting great men, leaders and Presidents from around the world but has no leadership skills of his own.
    Obama is nothing more then a great teleprompter reader with no experience or resume to back what is coming out of his mouth. Flip Flop.

    FACT: Obama did not support the troop surge in Iraq, and stated" It will never work."
    FACT: Obama Know states that Iraq is a safer place but not because of the troop surge????????????
    FACT: Obama says one thing one day, and something different the next.
    FACT: McCain is a proven war hero and leader who sticks by his word and make decisions based on the best interest of his Country, not a popularity contest like Obama.

    July 24, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  17. Will, NJ

    Oh my god! Look at how arrogant he is, asking the world to unite under a banner of peace! His highly motivating speeches disgust me! PUMA!

    July 24, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  18. Bond_Dallas

    He is smooth talking the Germans. They love him over there too. You can tell only a handful of them speak english. They are slow to the aplause lines.
    I am thoroughly enjoying this speech. I am listening live on CNN.

    Thanks CNN.

    July 24, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  19. NOBAMA

    We want a person who will be president of the United States. Not president of Germany.

    McCain '08

    July 24, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  20. Mary from Canada

    I am so proud to be living in North America. Thankyou Senator Obama for doing your utmost to make it a better world. Peace and Love

    July 24, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  21. Phil From VA

    Proud to be an American. Finally the world will respect us. Let's elect this man.

    July 24, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  22. Frank

    I have been to Europe a number of times in recent years. Europeans wish America well. They want to feel respect and affection for our country, in part because we played such a large roll in liberating and then protecting theirs.

    But we need to meet them halfway. We cannot elect another President whose attitude is "shoot first and ask questions later."

    Our decision is simple. Vote for the future and for improved relations with the rest of the world. Or vote for the most unfortunate aspects of our past and for greater isolation from potential partners and greater estrangement from people with whom we could live peacefully.

    July 24, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  23. Ajay Jain TX, USA

    Obama – Clinton 08

    Obama needs to choose a running mate ASAP because there is little time left for world diplomacy!!!

    July 24, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  24. Typical White Person

    They conveniently left out the part about the Victory Column standing in from of the Reichstag during WWII and that the "unity" it represents is the defeat of the French, Austrians, and Danish.

    July 24, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  25. Mauri

    Obama's speech is ongoing as I write, but I had to leave to prevent gagging at his arrogance to place himself before the world as a leader of a major power. The applause is light and rare, as opposed to here in the U. S. Dear Lord help us if this man is elected as President of the United States. I'm elderly, and very much in touch. I just hope our media does not encourage this kind of arrogance. This is so un-American and un-democratic. Last comment: Why is he not speaking German?

    July 24, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
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