July 24th, 2008
01:32 PM ET
13 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. one nation under god!!!!

    At first i though it was unfair the way he got all this biased media coverage,but now im happy that speech and spectacle is a nail in his innsugnificent political career.lol not the effect he was lookin for.

    July 24, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  2. Dave

    all hail, the messiah speaketh!!!!

    July 24, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  3. TexMex

    When Germany the other countries in Europe start paying on their WWI and WWII debt , support our efforts agains the Islamic Jihadists,
    and start paying for their own defense. (Get the Troops out of Germany) then and only then should we listen to what they have to say.

    Want to know what is going on in Europe check out the websites showing the Muslims taking over London, and Paris....Is that what you want for us too.

    July 24, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  4. Watermann

    I am just back after Senator Obamas speech here in Berlin and wanted to read al your comments. Please take two issues into consideration. The world does not end in LA or NY and not only Americans have died in Afghanistan or Iraq, but also Britain, Australians and as far as Afghanistan is concerned also Germans. Though grow up and take a map of the world in order to see the full picture. BTW, I am German.

    July 24, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  5. Fernando

    the haters are at it again.

    It really shocks me that almost 1/2 of this country still supports the republican party after 8 yrs of destroying everything this country stands for.

    Everyone who says he is an empty suit, Obama is in Germany, do you want him there talking about health care ? About our economy ? I doubt the world wants to know that... he made a brilliant speech and you all know it...

    July 24, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  6. dodo

    It is amazing how you have people in this country who get pscrewed (politically, that is) day in day out and don't even realize it. They have been fed so much crap by people who thrive on planting and encouraging divisions among people that they would rather listen to fools like Rush Limbaugh (who makes $400m for talking crap) or silly Sean Hannity in order to find out what is best for them and for america. Seriously people, why are you so willing to be used so easily?. It is like you're blinded by your ignorance or unwilingliness to be objective and seriously listen to both sides of the argument or at the least use your common sense. It doesn't matter what candidate or party you want in office, but at least your decision should be based on substance and not just simple partisanship or hatred. I mean think about, let's for a moment dissect what John McCain has been saying for the last three days. Can anyone really claim that what is talking about makes sense at all, the surge, drop of crude oil price being because of George B, Barack wanting to lose a war, does any of this make sense at all? I think next thing we'll start hearing America is going to win more gold medals at the upcoming Olyimpics because of the surge!!!!!!!!

    July 24, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  7. John B. From New Hampshire

    hey Will,
    god forbid we should unite under a banner of peace!!! blasphemy!! you are the devil incarnate my friend! lol rediculous some people are still thinking this way!!! and to you PUMAS, the better candidate won... not one who even bickers at her own party when they won't take her suggestions, ref: '92.

    OBAMA '08

    July 24, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  8. Monica, Texas

    Awesome.....He gave all Americans a worldly vision of pride today.

    July 24, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  9. Sandy

    Hypocrite, phony, fake. A complete rookie acting like he's up to the challenge of being the leader of the free world.

    Anybody can make a fake, pompous speech telling people what they want to hear.

    This guy doesn't deserve to be president, but he may deserve an Oscar.

    July 24, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  10. shadman

    "People of the world - look at Berlin, where a wall came down, a continent came together, and history proved that there is no challenge too great for a world that stands as one," Obama said this in Berlin

    A wall is going up in Israel....Mr. Obama, tear down this wall....

    July 24, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  11. Erika, KS

    Oh, Mr. Wanna-be-president-so-bad-it's pathetic: We'll stand together, but not with you! You can't get us out of the chaos Bush created. You are not the best candidate for the job. Sorry.

    July 24, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  12. We want our allies to respect us!!

    Here comes the republican, "Isn't he running for the POTUS" stupidity.

    This is why people hate Americans. We disregard everybody else's views and opinions then we ask them to support us when we start a senseless war. You people need to be re-programmed. Having an intelligent, literate president that our allies respect is a good thing!!!!!

    July 24, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  13. linda from South Dakota

    umm you sound very angry texas dog,, u related to mccain?,, you must like mccains lies cos that what they are,, i bet you voted for bush too,, explains it all,, go obama!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 24, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  14. Eric in Ca

    McCain the war hero... is that all you've got? What about leadership?
    It didn't bother you that Bush skirted his service or that Kerry was swiftboated... the McCain you people want ran in 2000. This 2008 version is BUSH!

    To my Latino naysayers – when will you learn... How has the GOP/ McCain benefited you? You must be knee-deep in all the Economic, Healthcare, Taxes and Environmental surpluses therefore you shouldn't be whining – huh?!

    Obama 08

    July 24, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  15. franklin

    OBAMA / BIDEN '08
    OBAMA/ HAGEL '08
    OBAMA / GORE '08


    July 24, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  16. John Air Force Vet

    This is the most proud I've felt of being an American for years. The world is watching for us to make the right choice-Obama 2008

    July 24, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  17. investigatebarackobama

    Many Americans do not appreciate this rock star world tour and the media bias has become propaganda, which frightens Americans.

    Also, how come it is not being reported that Germany had to pay more than 1/2 million of their own money to have Obama as a guest in their land. A lot of people do not appreciate that. And it has not gone unnoticed that Obama chose Hitler's famous Victory Column as a speech site. Bad idea.


    Join Us.

    July 24, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  18. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Obama continues to add to his presidental statue both here in the United States and the global stage....for isn't the world but a "stage" and each of us plays our part.

    July 24, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  19. Puzzled

    Why is it that Obama is aarogant because he is articulate, poised and confident. If this was MCCain it would be what? Stop all the hateration and get with the program.

    July 24, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  20. vw

    Yes, a good speaker like paster wright, a good civil right activitist like King, but NOT a good candidate as President of USA.

    July 24, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  21. James

    He's really starting to overstep his bounds as a mere senator. This worries me. If he is elected who knows what he'll try to do that isn't within his legal boundaries.

    July 24, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  22. Susan

    Wonderful speech!

    July 24, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  23. Craig

    ***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!****

    Well, McWalking Cane looks to be perfect for you, being completely unmotivating and all...PUMA = Pathetic!!!

    July 24, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  24. Edward,USA

    Biffington your comment is BS. I hate to tell you but Obama is fixing to be elected by the TYPICAL White Person. And to let you know your comment was a very RACIST one. You seem to forget that America is over 65% white and it will take the Majority of White People for Obama to be elected. Obama will be elected president. Americans both White and Minority is TIRED of the Old School White elitist crap of the Bush's and the Clintons of Wahington DC. Great Change is COMING and the Elitists see it coming, and they are scared!!!

    July 24, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  25. Strained Logic

    Let me get this straight! I guy raised by a single parent makes his way to Harvard law school where he presides over the Harvard law review board and goes on to be a constitutional law professor at Harvard. This same guy leaves Harvard to become a Community organizer on the south side of Chicago; one of the most tough communities in America. He later wins a seat in the Chicago legislature where he sits for five years before winning a bid to the United States senate. He pens two books, runs for president as a virtual unknown, reinvents campaign finance, and dismantles the campaign one of Americas most recognized and beloved politicians. Then to make matters worse this same guy tours the world to worldwide adoration and respect. I think I agree with the bloggers; he has no experience, as a matter of fact anyone of us blogging, opinionated, internet darlings could wake up tomorrow armed with a great speech and do all this man has done? Don’t be silly, sometimes the proof is in the pudding. Although, when dealing with backward logic that says hey I loved Hillary; therefore I will trash all that her and the DEMS stand for to vote for McCain. Consequently, if Barack Obama does not add Hillary to his ticket as Vice President I will never vote for him, because “this is not a popularity contest, it is about the issues!”

    Ugh! Are some of you really this dense?

    July 24, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
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