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. Proud voter

    Obama did an amazing job today. It brings a smile to my face to hear all this repubs crying thier eyes out and screaming negative after negative. "like baby chipmunk you are scared of anything different, ricky booby."

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

    What now McSenile? Bet you wish you kept your mouth shut about him going overseas. Go back and have a bbq and take a power nap. Let Obama do the leading. You just go on and retire on your beer money.

    Obama/Sebelius 2008/2012.

    July 24, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  3. Mr. President

    Oh I can't wait, I want to call him Mr. President now, today, this minute. We've been stuck with the sorriest man on the planet for too long and I want change.

    Obama 08

    July 24, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  4. Russ

    Man I feel sorry for all you haters out there.
    I really do.
    Your lives must be very miserable.
    A sad, sad bunch you are!

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

    It will be good to have the sincere friendship of the world once again. Thank you President elect Obama for taking a thankless job.

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

    That's my President.

    July 24, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  7. Sanity for Obama

    How nice it is to try to get America back in track as the leader of the free world. How can anyone fault Obama for his speech to trying to unite the world. I am tired of our "leaders' scaring us into giving up our rights and our economy...

    Why would anyone want to vote for someone who cannot remember time lines, is always refering to his opponent in the negative, and knows nothing about the economy? Give Bush credit for lowering oil prices by $10? I guess it wasn't his fault though, for oil jumping up to $140....

    McCain, let's try to run a clean campaign. Who would have thought that the only "Straight Talk" we hear from him is his anti-gay, right wing rhetoric.

    Go Obama!

    July 24, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  8. Texas Dog Jerkey

    Texas Trail Dog are you sure you're not George Bush, playing around with your computer? You sly dog.

    Obama 08

    July 24, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  9. LH

    Just watched THE speech. Not only is this arrogant, condescending man running for President of the USA, he appears to desire coronation as King of the World. I intend to vote for a President of the USA, not of Germany, France, etc. As a Danish-American (I only use this term because hyphenated ethniticy seems to be the politically correct rule of the day) I was offended by the backdrop which denotes the enslavement and occupation of Denmark (and many other nations) by the Prussians. If Obama does not win in November a suggestion would be to go back to Chicago and community organize something to stop the runaway crime in that city.!

    July 24, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  10. LIZ

    So i see alot of people on here posting Unity....coming together......working as one....but then we have a segment on Black in America.....a show that is seperating and completely going against what we all need right now!!!

    Lets show a segment on america coming together....or American coming together with the rest of the world nations!!
    that sounds good.

    But I thought Obama's speech was good.

    July 24, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  11. 82nd Airborne Division

    Praetorian, From Fort Myers Put up or shut up!!

    Do your American duty you nasty leg, vote for the candidate you
    feel that represents what you stand for. Your constant babbling
    is reminiscent of many cowardly individuals that share your same
    lame duck rhetoric which does nothing too advocate the American Dream!

    Your Comment:
    It sure wasn't diplomacy that brought down the Berlin Wall–in case Mr. Obama hasnt' read up on the "cold war error".

    No it was brave Men and Women of many Nationalities working
    together militarily as well as politically to defeat communism
    which brought an end to the Cold War!

    I'm a decorated combat soldier that swore to defend America
    from enemies domestic and abroad, my question too you is
    what sacrifice have you made for this great nation!!

    And for all you fake bloggers pretending to be Latinos who
    unconditionally adore McCain, ask your brother and Sisters
    in Arizona what he has done for their communities NADA!

    Who put the ICAN in amerICAN the 82nd you Legs!!

    July 24, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  12. Billy

    Not one word or an attack on McCain. Just inspirational words designed to unite a world.

    For the people who are saying, "they're just words." That's all any politician has. Our politicians can inspire people to work together and unite for the common good or they can misspeak and divide a globe and force the US to go it alone.

    I'm tired of going it alone!

    July 24, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  13. Carl from MI

    Hey Praetorian, Fort Myers... it's obvious that you really are a paid RNC staffer, regurgitating the GOP party line... along with:

    Typical White Person
    Texas Trail Dog
    Brian from Knoxville (Notfallinginline.org)

    I apologize for leaving a few of you others out, I'll catch up with you later...

    July 24, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  14. Raymond Duke

    As far as all you nuts calling him Mr. President. He is not the president yet, (matter fact he isn't the official democrat nominee yet.) The Germans and europe will not pick our president and neither will the Obama nut Jobs. The american people will decide whether we elect this self -centered , flip flopping, hate america socialist. He might get elected but it will not be through the five voting adults in this household.

    July 24, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  15. Bella

    A great american idol pandering event indeed.....only thing missing was Paula, Randy and Simon giving their critics afterward....and Ryan repeating the text messaging numbers to voters.

    Oh yes, this is no marketing campaign...no orchestrated image strategy....no artificialness to it at all!...NOT!

    No thanks, give me the old guy who's got grey hair and war scars...with little rock star appeal. I need a leader to run my country...not a politican idol who likes to hear and watch himself on TV.

    July 24, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  16. xddy4u

    And he's not even the President yet. He's holding his speeches in check. Just wait until he's da man. Now, is Obama ready for the world scene? The man is so deep, until I, a grown man cries when I hear him give a speech. WOW!!!!

    July 24, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  17. Desiree

    I'm really trying hard but I just don't get it. I must be missing something because I don't see what is so great about his speech that hasn't already been said.

    July 24, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  18. Lifelong Democrat

    Will someone please take this idiot back to Chicago!?

    July 24, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  19. Not surprised.

    Ooooweeeee, the bitter cynics are out in force today!! What's wrong, no grocery store opening for McCain to campaign at?

    July 24, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  20. McNo

    When Obama goes to Europe thousands gather waiving American flags when Bush goes to Europe thousands gather waiving protest banners. McSame will be Bush term 3

    July 24, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  21. go away mongers- Ventura ca

    I find it interesting that Barack Obama spoke "not as a candidate for the Presidency of the United States" but as a "Citizen of the World". This shows where his heart is. Meanwhile, john mcSAME "stands by his comment that Senator Obama would rather win an election than win the war" and looks all the more like the politician of old- Promote fear, hate and negativity and hope that it works. NOT THIS TIME repugs! Senator Obama is the next President and will lead our Country back to it's rightful place as the beacon on a hill shinning her light for all the world to see.
    I can't wait until Januray 20, 2009.

    July 24, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  22. Pat Riot

    bill for barack, what is free about talks of increased taxes, social programs and globalism? This man is a socialist. Socialism is the greatest enemy of a nation that was founded on one freedom. "The freedom from government."

    July 24, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  23. Low

    All of you haters wish McCain could speak for 5 minutes without forgetting what he is saying. I can't wait for the first debate. We will all see how he can't take his eyes off of the teleprompter, without talking jibberish.

    July 24, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  24. Shannon in California

    Excellent speech, Obama talked alot about bringing people together of all races and all countries. Watch out old man McCain, you warmonger, there is no way you could ever top this, not with all your war talk and keeping conflicts going.

    July 24, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  25. Lou in Des Moines

    Just beautiful, Senator Obama. It's so nice, for once, to not be ashamed of being an American.

    July 24, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
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