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. Florida voter

    Yes i agree, it was amazing. But, why doesnt anybody realize that he has no accomplishments, has NEVER produced Change? TO ME, BARACK OBAMA is JUST TALK(GOOD SPEECHES). WAKe up AMERICA!

    July 24, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  2. Dem

    One trip over seas does not give Obama any experience to lead this country. I watched his speech and he did not say anything new that we all could have said. He would make a good preacher but not a leader. As a democrat I will back McCain. This trip for Obama was all show and no knowledge. He loves the camera....No to Obama...

    July 24, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  3. Erik

    Just to be clear concerning the lack of much applause and cheering: this doesn't mean the audience didn't like Obama or his speech much. Europeans tend to be a lot more reserved in their responses than Americans. One of the differences in culture, I suppose...

    Erik from Belgium

    July 24, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |

    I just got chills,I just hear the same retorica of Fidel! ...Obama is dangerous......we cuban know the type.......I hope God help us!

    July 24, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  5. German4Obama

    As a German citizen and political journalist who is living in the United States, I can only confirm that no American presidential candidate has ever excited Germans as Obama does.
    The reason for this support is not – as suggested by Obama critics on other posts – that Germans want Obama in office because they want him to take down America. Germany is very much interested in a strong America; but also interested in strong and solid relations.
    The Bush administration has ruined this relationship, and I doubt that McCain could fix it.
    What American voters need to understand is that if America is respected and liked by its allies, America's positions on foreign politics will be much more successful.
    If McCain gets elected, Europeans will shake their heads in disbelief – rightfully so. As a German citizen, I could only wish for such an inspiring and capable candidate for leadership. Will Obama perform miracles? Certainly not. But he seems to have the power to inspire Americans to bring this change from within.
    To the Hillary supporters who will vote for McCain – please don't be silly. You will be voting against the very democratic principles that Hillary stands for as well. Both democratic candidates positions are pretty much the same, it just seems that Obama was capable of inspiring more people. But McCain stands against everything that Hillary wants – which is why she wanted to run against him in the first place.
    So please don't make this mistake.
    Obama is not a socialist – everyone who makes this claim should look up the definition of socialism. Obama is a social democrat, and so is Hillary. Think it over. America – and the world – do not need more republican policies.

    July 24, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  6. Christine

    Go Obama. The USA needs you and so does the world. If the US is to reclaim its lead in the world we need someone that is capable and willing to effectively reach out. We can't live isolated and vilified by the world anymore. Buhbye Bush...

    July 24, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |

    I am SO PROUD. The difference between Obama and the decidedly un-presidential, name-calling McCain, is so clearly shown as Europeans gather by thousands to listen to this eloquent statesman speak of unity, courage, aspiration and responsibility of all nations to defeat the walls of hunger, poverty, terrorism, bias and bigotry.

    We are ONE WORLD. I cannot wait until this man is my President and I can once again be proud of my government.


    July 24, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  8. Debby

    Did you see that crowd it looked like mostly highschoolers. LOL Why does Obama have to put down the US everytime he gives a speech in another country or land. The speech was a little zzzzzzzz and rough around the edges IMO.

    July 24, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  9. Linda. Boston, MA

    "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."

    Cut and run from WHO? We would be giving the country back to the government that WE put into place, telling them "you guys take it from here." How in the world is that a "loss"???

    July 24, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  10. noBAMA4me

    The coming of the great MESSIAH....you crazed moonies are out of your minds. The country is hellbound because we have put this vapid idiot in this position.

    July 24, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  11. Annoy the Media, say NO to Obama

    I guess Germany must be one of the 57 states that make up the USA.

    July 24, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  12. Larry WI

    obama act's and talks like he is already President? His fall will be amusing to watch, & I bet it happens before Nov. When is the democratic shin dig? Who is it that has kind of quietly remained in the back ground, but has not gone away by any means? Who are the PUMA'S? The fall will happen sooner than you think.

    July 24, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  13. LATINA for OBAMA(nj)



    July 24, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  14. Chris from NY

    That's all one man can do. Make the call and let the world answer. The ball is now in our court as citizens of this world.

    July 24, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  15. Clinton-unqualified and inexperience

    HRC was the least qualified candidate running for president

    HRCs "resume"

    Junior Senator
    Married to Bill Clinton

    How impressive!!

    July 24, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  16. Micky for President!

    He articulates so well, he came out of nowhere, he seems to have all the answers, I wonder who he really IS????

    July 24, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  17. To NY State of mind

    Right on!

    July 24, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  18. Mike - Texas

    I heard his speech.

    It is a shame that he had to use the race card. Again.

    I find it interesting that the Germans had 2 FREE concerts by popular artist at that spot right before Obama gave his speech. I wonder if anyone would have showed up if there would have been NO concerts ??? But the media didn't tell you that.

    It is kind of like his speech in Portland with 70,000 poeple and the FREE concert that was given before his speech there. And the media didn't tell you about that one either.

    With Obama trying to give the German people in Berlin a history lesson why they are able to exitist today is beyond me. Hey may of them lived it.

    July 24, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  19. pakuna

    This man obama has risen to power on a wave of world euphoria, as he says he is saving the world from its desperate economic, military & political problems with a brilliant 7-year plan for world peace, economic stability & religious freedom.

    Although most of the world will initially hail obama as a political savior, three-and-a-half years after the enactment of the seven-year covenant, he will revoke the peace pact and show his true colors. He is paving the way for the Antichrist.

    July 24, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  20. Andrew (Toronto, Canada)

    Knowing how the majority of American's think and by reading a lot of the messages above, I wouldn't be surprised if the World's acceptance of Obama actually hurts him with the American voters.

    Please prove me wrong in November, vote for Obama.

    A concerned Canadian...

    July 24, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  21. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    The speech was phenomenal. Great job, President Obama!!

    July 24, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  22. Frank

    From reading these posts, it's clear to me that Republicans have only one thing now to keep them going.


    July 24, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  23. Julie

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

    How about being the greeter at the local walmart – or maybe he could serve up slurpee's at the Stop N Go. I'm sure there's a kids soccer game he could attend.

    Ah heck, I think he'll just stay behind and scream at a few more clouds.

    July 24, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  24. linda from South Dakota

    exceptinal speech yesssssssssssss,,,,, this is where to start by uniting people around the world,, what better way to work together???,, i applaud obama a thousand times go obama!!!!!!

    July 24, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  25. Biffington, Biff

    maybe we could save some bandwith and get all of the paid RNC staffers to spew their dis-information tripe, and downplaying of Obama's historic trip, and all of the empty-suit, words don't mean anything, GARBAGEmen and just get roll them all together into one post.

    and Scott.... the first leg of his trip was as a fact-finding mission that senators take all of the time. the second leg is completely financed himself. PLEASE STOP SPREADING LIES...


    July 24, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
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