July 24th, 2008
10:15 AM ET
14 years ago

On the Scene: 'Obamafest' hits Berlin

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/24/art.berlin1.cnn.jpg caption="Onlookers gather for Obama's Thursday speech in Berlin, Germany."]BERLIN, Germany (CNN) – Crowds have grown and thinned throughout the day outside of the swank Adlon Hotel where Barack Obama and his entourage are preparing for the Democratic presidential candidate’s visit here.

Police have closed off part of the street in front of the hotel which sits in the shadow of the Brandenburg Gate as throngs lean on metal barriers, cameras in hand, hoping to get a glimpse of the man himself.

Watch: Crowds wait for Obama to speak in Berlin

Just a short walk up the road is the Victory Column where Obama will deliver his remarks, a speech he says will be a “substantive articulation of the relationship” he would like to see between the United States and Europe.

Although Obama and his aides have strongly denied politics plays a role in today’s event, a leisurely stroll towards the event site left a different impression.

Obama volunteers have set up shop on street corners, and are registering Democrats who live abroad to vote. “Anyone an American citizen?” bellowed one woman holding a homemade “register to vote” sign. “If you’re a Democrat abroad you must register to vote,” yelled her male counterpart. Takers were quickly ushered to a folding table manned by several eager Obama supporters, where they were provided paperwork to fill out.

A few were looking to cash in on the Obama frenzy. For 5 Euros one could pick up two unofficial Obama buttons. An Obama ’08 button with pictures of both John Kennedy and Barack Obama appeared to be doing well, but the prize went to the button that had Obama’s head atop the body of a beer garden waiter holding seven huge glasses of German brew. The button’s slogan? OBAMAFEST! Of course.

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soundoff (234 Responses)
  1. Remy

    Germans are the people with bad memories of war. Naturally they like a person like Obama because of his message of peace.

    July 24, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  2. karen-phoenix

    Yes we can!!! Peace is Patriotic!!! For the first time in 8 years I am becoming proud of my country again!!! How good it feels!!! No more wars!!! No more toture!!!! No more lobbiests!!! We the American people will be Obama's lobbiests and we need to feel pride and HOPE again in this country!!! Greatest trip he could have made!!!

    July 24, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  3. 68 year old voter

    A definite media swoon for Obama! One shouldn't take to much stock in what Germans think as their country supported the Kaiser and Hitler to the tune of countless millions being killed to rectify their belligerent ambitions and mistakes for world conquest! But to many of todays youth don't know that or believe that piece of history

    July 24, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  4. Venus

    Go get 'em Bam!

    We are behind you!

    July 24, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  5. pam Eugene OR

    it is wonderful to see an American so well received in Europe. Bush has destroyed our image abroad and most of the world hates the USA. I look forward to seeing our former glory restored. It not only helps our image but also our weak dollar.
    Barack will be a President we can all be proud of again.
    Obama 08-12

    July 24, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  6. Tony C.

    Poor Johnny McBush, he and the clowns in the White House must be pea green with envy and pretty angry too. I love it!

    July 24, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  7. Angus McDugan

    Maybe he should run for office over there.

    July 24, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  8. Terrence (Winston Salem, NC)

    Most of the vendors at his rally aren't a part of his campaign. Anyone can set up shop at a rally. That's they way it's been here in the US. Hustlers are all around seeling shirts.

    July 24, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  9. jr

    Since Obama wants to turn America into a mirror image of European Socialism, and since the Europeans seem to be so entranced with him, maybe he should give some serious thought about running for president of the European Union. The expereince might do him some good.

    July 24, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  10. Terrence (Winston Salem, NC)

    Enough of the "messiah" talk.....

    I'm an Obama supporter and a Christian and there's only one messiah. Stop with the blasphemy.

    July 24, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  11. Griff

    Obama! The exact opposite of a Nazi... Pure Black, with Pure Black Hair. With a 100% Muslim Background....

    July 24, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  12. Jimmy in NYC

    If the Germans are excited about him now. I can imagine the American 'Obamafest' when he gets elected over here!
    Question to McCain people when our current fearless leader goes to say 'Argentina' or anywhere else for that matter do they show him the same love??? I wonder why???

    July 24, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  13. joan

    It says Europe is very tired of the old Ameican politics, time for Change!

    July 24, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  14. Desmond Sequeira

    Glen Beck obviously has not noticed the huge substantial matters dealt with in huge substantial ways by Barack OBAMA, which have riveted millions of intelligent people in the USA and the world. These are people who are longing, yearning, for something honest and substantial to come out of those who have controlled the USA to date. They are looking for something more imaginative than the Bush/McBush staple, which is fodder for the unintelligent and bigotted: War, WAR, WAR; Rule the world by brute military and financial force.

    OBAMA is no ordinary rock star. He is the kind of icon that were Kennedy, Martin Luther King and as is Mandela. He delivers substance with imagination and integrity. Beck insults millions of citizens of the world and of the USA and by claiming that they are just falling for just sizzle

    July 24, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  15. Mike, TX

    They're all coming out to see the talking puppet.

    July 24, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  16. Florida, Florida, Florida

    McCain whined for months that Obama had not been overseas....

    Be careful what you wish for....

    Obama, America's next president....

    July 24, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  17. Watermann

    Does anybody understand or know where the bottom line is? Nobody ever elected for President has experience to lead your great nation. They all have been Senators or Governors. But what is that compared to the Presidency of the USA? The bottom line is that ordinary people see and feel who is honest, clever, authentic and who believes in what he is saying and is finally bringing the change to a USA in modern times. The world has changed in the past 10 years and the USA and the world needs somebody who is prepared to bring the change. I really do hope that the US citizens feel and see that Senator Obama is that man.

    July 24, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  18. Liz from Atlanta, GA

    HEY not fallilngin line.org, why are you so creepy?

    Obama '08

    July 24, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  19. Tess, Dallas

    This week the polls have narrowed the gap between Obama Hussein Barack and John McCain. Thanks Goodness! Americans are not falling into his trap!

    July 24, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  20. Carl from MI

    Dubya could take a few pointers from this guy... how NOT to get protested and boo-ed in a foriegn country. Maybe if Dubya wouldn't have 'went it alone' on the Iraq war... our nation wouldn't be a trillion dollars in debt right now.

    What a novel concept... diplomacy with foreign countries instead of telling them 'You're either with us, or against us.' IS THAT REALLY HOW A PRESIDENT IS SUPPOSED TO ACT?

    July 24, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  21. Daniel, Amsterdam Holland

    It is not only Germany, The whole Europe is Obama Crazy….

    We Love Obama
    We re-Love USA


    July 24, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  22. California Gold

    Seems Europeans are enthusiastically hopeful for the Democrat party's candidate too. Haven't seen this sort of optimism and support for an American since JFK.

    July 24, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  23. Jason L

    CNN how about a show called ... "What it's like to be White in America".. Where we are blamed for everything that is wrong in the black community!!

    July 24, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  24. Thomas

    I am looking forward to reading the transcript of Senator Obama's speech. I hope CNN publishes it.

    July 24, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  25. ChicagoJosh

    There's a reason the whole world is excited. The KoolAid isn't just in our water. He is the real deal!

    July 24, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
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