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. Mike - Texas

    Obama is loved through out the world.

    Compare this to the protests every time Bush pays a visit... anywhere.

    Or the lack of interest in McBush.

    Obama must be the next president of the U.S.!

    July 24, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  2. Conor

    Could be worse. I think if McCain did this they'd throw food at him-just like I would...

    July 24, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  3. Praetorian, Fort Myers

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

    He disgusts me.

    Those same people cheering for him today–still owe us money for repatriation and reconstruction under the Marshall Plan.

    What a sick display of butt kissing.

    July 24, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  4. Michelle

    Is it true there was a CONCERT beforehand to help draw a crowd?

    July 24, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  5. James Hussein, SC

    Thank you Senator Obama for representing America well.

    July 24, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  6. the us americans

    OMG...I didn't know Nov 1 came, how did I miss it? So i guess Obama won.

    As an Obama supporter, I am getting some serious Obama overload...I mean can we see McCain a little bit more

    July 24, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  7. Griff

    Stand together against another Dictator, like Borack Obama...

    July 24, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  8. MarkRSM

    Dear Sir,

    I think he should run for UN president and leave us alone.

    It is so sad that we have such limited choices for president, Jack Welsh, he should run for president.

    We have been the most powerful country on earth due to our economy and now guess what America, the world is not our friend when it comes to the economy.

    All our jobs are going overseas, our dollar is at record lows, and Bush is going to China cause we need them to continue buying our debt.

    We need a president that is for the United States, for economic growth, and does not bow down to ever foreign head of state.

    God Bless You

    July 24, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  9. Montana is Obama Country


    ...Folks,,, we have a REAL LEADER...


    Thank you Barack Obama for making my life feel historical and renewed!!


    July 24, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  10. Peggy - TX

    Sometimes words do matter.

    Much like Kennedy, Obama has the gift to use inspirational words to bring people together to collectively realize mutual aspirations.

    Obama is a truly a blessing from God.

    July 24, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  11. Obama Supporter from FL

    It would be nice if CNN would tell us how the speech was received.

    July 24, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  12. prefer O koolaid than your McArsenic

    i loooooooooove this duuuuude....OMG. we are one people, one Nation and ONE world!!!!!

    lets face it John could never ever do this, bringing the world together....

    OBAMA 08, 12

    July 24, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  13. Gonzalez from Florida

    That's what I call a World Leader. Maybe McCain can learn something from this man. However, it's not easy teaching old dogs new tricks.

    July 24, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  14. Alan, Bonita Springs, FL

    Standing together is the only way the world will ever come to a consensus regarding pollution, energy and the future. It's time to finally bring an end to the derisive, abusive policies of the current Republican party. Obama sees this and is a strong proponent.

    Change? Yes.

    July 24, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  15. Tom

    an event the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee said was not a "political rally."


    Reality Check: Obama is like everyone else in Washington, ok ok not like EVERYONE else because he does not have the same experience as more then 90% of them.

    A vote for Obama is a vote for affirmative action

    July 24, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  16. Kim, Dallas, TX

    Obama, I just watched your speech. You just made me so proud to be American. It's clear that the world adores you. I love what our country stands for and you symbolize the freedom that is granted towards all citizens. The walls we truly do need to turn down are the walls that separate us caused by fear and mistrust. Thank you for representing us so eloquently.

    July 24, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  17. Scott L

    A lot of US Senators back home who have been working hard for many more years than Barack...who have been through re-election battles...who have fought hard on their agendas and bills...

    ...they are gonna be pretty PO'd right about now.

    And oh BTW why are taxpayers paying for Obama's trip??? This is ridiculous...

    July 24, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  18. NY State of mind

    Stop the hate
    stop the party lines
    stop the me me additude
    stop the anger from 9/11 for an captured madman
    stop the lies and name calling

    Vote for who you want, for whos best for ALL of America!
    Vote your head, not anger or predjudice.

    I respect all of you, you are today and will be after this election, my brothers and sisters of this great nation.

    Obama for me, you?=

    July 24, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  19. SDW

    Great Speech! He is such a breath of fresh air. Go Obama! All the way to the White House!

    Obama 08

    July 24, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  20. Sérgio Santos

    One word: Amazing.

    July 24, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  21. Justin in CA

    Obama is a world Leader now no matter what. His message will resonate with the world. You just have to believe its possible.

    July 24, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  22. kim hussein taylor portland, oregon

    you can speak for me ANY TIME, president obama!!! THANK YOU for showing the world, we are not all a bunch of idiots over here. bush has brought A LOT of shame on america, and only obama can take us not only back to where wer were, but BETTER than we were!

    and old bozo mccain must have jessica simpson consulting his staff, airing anti-obama ads--filled with the typical GOP lies and misinformation-in Berlins in the u.s. what an arrogant fool. only the neoCONs are against peace and prosperity FOR ALL!! why are people STILL dumb enough to keep these neoclowns around? you're welcome to have zero self-respect, but you arent gonna drag the rest of us down with you. if you want to continue to live in your victim, poor me role, go for it, but get out of the way of us americans who want to make our country GREAT again!

    July 24, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  23. NPA

    What will the McShame haters say after this speech! Wow!!!

    July 24, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  24. Adriana

    wow. He articulates so well, he came out of nowhere, he seems to have all the answers to the worlds problems. I wonder who he really is.......

    July 24, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  25. Sylvia

    His speech brought tears to my eyes, which rarely does not happen.
    Well, America, let's elect our next President. GO OBAMA!.

    July 24, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
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