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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  1. mike

    Mike from Surrey. Im afraid you're wasting your time. Having an educated dialogue with some of these neocon American knuckleheads is like talking to a brick wall. One can only hope that come November 51% of the electorate has an IQ above 100.

    July 24, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  2. PUMA 4 HILL

    God help us all...
    Can you really call this guy brilliant because he sways his head left to right and left to right almost like a bobblehead laid sideways. He's reading the telemprompters people – he doesn't look straight or even out to the crowd. Not even his own words... words you can Xerox.

    Wake up morons. He is a puppet and the leftist lunatics are controlling the strings... "dance, Obama, dance".


    July 24, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |

    This man makes me proud to be an American!

    July 24, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  4. Molly Weasley

    Sen. McCain has shown this week that he has the wrong policies about everything, that he is totally inflexible in his policies and that all he and his supporters can do is whine. His comments about Iraq don't even make sense anymore. (He never made sense on the economy.) He couldn't even make a photo op at an oil rig because he didn't want cameramen to see a large oil spill nearby.

    Sen. Obama, on the other hand, went on a trip at McCain's urging and was greeted everywhere - by American troops, by American workers in the State Dept. and by citizens of the world - as America's next president.

    July 24, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  5. Allison/PA

    Excellent! Excellent! Excellent! Barack Obama is a true leader.

    July 24, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  6. Marc, Canada

    Can anyone on this blog imagine John McCain speaking to 100,000 people anywhere and making sense?

    There is only 1 Presidential candidate this year. Over 40% still support the Republican party but I doubt very many support John McCain.

    July 24, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  7. Raymond Duke

    That is the problem now . We give more tothe world then they do us. We need to put america first . As far as Obama apologizing for america he can speak for himself. He does not have to apologize for my father and uncles fighting Hitler and winning the war. I am proud of them and the rest of america doing what they had to do to stop Hitler.As far as nuclear weapons let europe and the united states listen to the fool . I guarrantee you that the mideast countrys and russia or not going to. The ones without the nukes will be the countrys with no power. If europe really likes the "Black Messiah" then they can keep him and maybe our biases press can stay. Our press is kind of like the communist press, they don't report the facts and news they give you Propoganda they favor.

    July 24, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  8. Venus

    Thank you Berlin!!!

    Way to go Bam!

    July 24, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  9. Peachy Keen

    To the dimwit who asked why taxpayers are paying for this trip....they are not. Those who donate to Obama, people like me, are paying for the trip. The only expense to taxpayers are the secret service, which both candidates get. They would be paying those secret service agents no matter where he was. They ride on his plane, again paid by his supporters. The campaign feeds them and pays their hotel rooms.

    Obama 08

    July 24, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  10. More States Of America

    Barack's 7 additional states:

    The state of determination
    The state of humility
    The state of integrity
    The state of friendship
    The state of morality
    The state of gratitude
    The state of unity

    Obama 08

    July 24, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  11. Worst...Resume...Ever....

    Why no mention that His Majesty flubbed up and declared that he was on the Senate Banking Committee during his speech? Note to Nobama. You are on four committees. That's not one of them. More resume pading?

    July 24, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  12. Liz S. in California

    Everything that comes out of Obama's mouth is so eloquent, so articulate and so substantial! I as an American am SO VERY PROUD to have him represent us globally! The only word we ever hear come out of John McCain's mouth is "SURGE".... if I hear him say it one more time, I will definitely "purge"!!!!!!!!!!

    OBAMA 08!!!!!!!

    July 24, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  13. Fernando

    I think Bushshould just let Obama take over from here...

    Touching, powerful and hopeful speech delivered by Obama...

    Hopefully he can make the world LOOK UP to us like they did 10 yrs ago and no longer look down on us as a nation of war driven citizens and politicians.

    GO OBAMA !!!

    July 24, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  14. nkc46

    who does he think he is lecturing the world like this. he said "we" need to fight climate change.well guess what obama.we are signed up to kyoto and have ambitous legally binding targets(care to join us?), you are anti-nafta so preach lifting the poor of bangladesh out of poverty whilst you consign those in mexico to it to win votes in the rustbelt .you preach to a non nuclear power like germany that they need to" work together" with america(who have the largest nuclear arsenal) to make are world safe. this speech could have been made by bush ie all sizzle no steak as you say across the pond

    July 24, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  15. doc

    why do we need and election our brillant uniter not a divider is amoungst us we can now do his bidding I am clay shape me mold me we don't need no stinkin Constitution Barack has arrived OH what delite WHAT A LOAD OF BULLCRAP I want Hillary the only one that has her feet on the ground PUMA 🙂

    July 24, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  16. Latinos for Obama


    July 24, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  17. Venus

    In your face Bush and McSame!

    Dare to top this?

    July 24, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  18. Texas Trail Dog!


    July 24, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  19. Danel

    Too much negativity in this board. If you don't want Obama, you don"t want Obama, then vote for McCain and leave us alone who'll vote for Obama. Exercice your freedom as we do ours.

    July 24, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |

    Mr. Obama nailed it, I feel so much pride to be an American. Great speech, Obama 08. Too bad the Bush Administration ordered the Federal workers in Germany to stay away from the speech. Now who is the dictator?

    July 24, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  21. Henry n New York

    It would feel good to have the sincere friendship of world nations again. Thank you President elect Obama for taking a thankless job.

    July 24, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  22. MZ

    " Ich bin ein Frankfurter ". Leave it to the Germans to fall for another charismatic charlotten. Wonder if they'll be watching his " torch-light " rally in Denver...

    July 24, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  23. Indiana for Obama

    This is the man I want reestablishing our place in the world.

    Obama 08/12

    July 24, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  24. Jason

    Looks like Obama is once again bringing the same old supporters to tears of joy and jubilation... all 6 of them... people on the ticker should try changing their sig sometime.

    July 24, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  25. Ronny Luxembourg citizen

    An American in Berlin saying: yes, we made mistakes. That is very impressive. Mr. Obama gives hope, and gains trust, deservedly. He's got much more than political expertise, he's got the heart. Something a lot of people over here have been missing from America during the last couple of years. You stick with this guy. He may be young, but he's right. On the spot...

    July 24, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
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