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. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    While Obama is on the world stage laying the foundation for restoring American leadership in the world, McCain is riding around in a golf cart and posing in the cheese isle of a grocery store. trying to explain away his latest of many gaffes. It's pretty clear what needs to happen in November......McCain needs to go back home to his "cabin" and break out the rocking chair.

    July 24, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  2. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Obamafest.............where is the beer?

    July 24, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  3. Tommy

    Hey B-HO, we are over here. The USA is over here. We are the ones voting. The "world community" is not going to get you elected. Here is a thought, get elected then kiss Eurpoes behind. Just because the world and the press has anointed you the chosen one, does not make you president.
    "I am the cult of personality"

    July 24, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  4. Foolish

    I have to tell you, I have always been a huge opponent of Hillary Clinton. I had vowed to vote for McCain had Clinton won the democratic nod (no matter who her last opponent was, obama, edwards, or otherwise).

    That being said, how can anybody say they will vote for McCain when they are a democrat or liberal for that matter? All of you rediculous people need to think about what you are doing.

    I would never vote for McCain now that i've seen who he really is, and i would have glady crossed over and voted for Hilary by now. McCain is a crippled old senile man and he might actually be worse for our country than Bush.

    Try and pay attention Hilary supporters, you may hate Obama, but for the love of God, look at the man you would be voting for in McCain. Put your anger aside, and really look, because he is a fool.

    July 24, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  5. Puck

    Ali – Count me in on the Obamafest.
    First Round is on me.

    July 24, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  6. LT for Obama

    Michele Hussein,

    It starts at 10am PST. I will be tuning in on CNN Live Video.

    July 24, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  7. H


    July 24, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  8. Jan

    Can McCain haters please stick to the subject and just comment on their hero? I think they are very afraid of November. McCain is at home campaigning where he is supposed to be–while Obama is off being petted by socialists and making derogatory comments about America. ( and major gaffes in his role as "presumptive President")

    July 24, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  9. aaa

    whole world is waiting for Obama to win white house. McWar is going to loose. obama 08!!!!

    July 24, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  10. Calling on Independents, TX

    Hello Independents:
    I am calling each and everyone of you to do the right thing in this election, because I am also an Independent. I can understand why a republican would vote for McCain. I am having a very tough time understanding someone who is a true Independent will have any questions after having seen and heard both candidates. The difference is so obvious that you don't need to spend more than 5 minutes listening to McCain that he should not get your vote. I would have still votted for Obama even if the the candidates had switched their Parties. Come on lets do it!
    OBAMA 08 to bring this country back on track!

    July 24, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  11. Bangus 1er

    The speech is at 1.30 pm, dear Michelle Hussein

    July 24, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  12. McCain Lies!

    Mccain must be puking in his depends right now. He's been overseas quite a few times and we hardly knew he was there. No crowds, no press, no kings driving him to the airport. Guess people just don't believe in him, he represents more of the same ole bull and he's a liar to boot.

    July 24, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  13. Henrita

    I 'm glad to see Obama is being well-received in the Midle East and Europe. In addition to becoming President of the United States, I stongly beleive he's America's hope for a better and improved global image abroad.

    July 24, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  14. John McShame, Obama Is Going to Tax You & Cindy, but Not Me & 95% Americans Making < $250,000/Yr

    "....Berlin is a symbol for the victory of hope over fear and that it is impossible to separate people in their pursuit of freedom." – writes Barack Obama in the Berlin city's guestbook.

    you gotta love this guy – very inspirationa and hopeful, and that's a future I want to believe in!

    BARACK THE VOTE – President of the United States!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 24, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  15. No Bam Bam Obama

    I'm betting Randy gives him the thumbs up. Paula and Simon I'm not so sure of.


    July 24, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  16. DON'T HOLD your BREATH!!!

    To- NotFallingInLine.org....GO TO H_LL!!!!



    July 24, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  17. Irma in North Carolina

    Yes I think every american should watch this speech. I wonder if any of the pumas on here will watch it. They are so childish and stupid by voting four more years of Bush. I hope they wake up and see the day light. What does Mccain care about the high gas prices, the economy, loseing their homes. He will always have his billionaire, drug pusing wife who will support him

    July 24, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  18. Tom

    I agree with Jason L. We need to get away from zionist interests. They have FAR too much influence on our country and culture.

    Has anyone else noticed Obama is getting a ridiculous amount of attention from CNN? I just counted down the ticker page and saw FIVE peices on Obama before I saw a single one on another person, and after the Mccain peice it went back to obama obama obama.

    Who owns CNN again? Hmm... and Obama supports jewish zionism. Wonder if that has anything to do with the insane amount of positive publicity this network gives him.

    July 24, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  19. ShirleyY - Seattle


    July 24, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  20. ANGIE

    I wish europe could vote in the ge mccain would be blowed away I think when obama comes back mccain should go and let us see how that turns out im curious to see how senator mccain would be treated!!!!!!!!!

    July 24, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  21. S.M

    I guess John McCain is still whinning about Obama receiving all of the media coverage?

    July 24, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  22. morefromLA

    Let's see, there seem to be some, lost in the stale Bush/McCain Kool-Aid, who are more comfortable having tens of thousands of Europeans take to the street to protest the Bush/McCain war policies than to see them take to the streets of Berlin in the same or greater numbers to greet and support the next President of the United States who represents change from the ruinous war and economic policies of Bush/McCain. Please, these are our allies who warned us not to go into Iraq and for their efforts were labeled the "old Europe" by an old shallow man. Barack Obama gives us a golden opportunity to redeem our image in the eyes of the world. My fellow Americans, this is leadership we can accept with pride.

    July 24, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  23. Missy M

    I'm just curious how Obama's vision of the "relationship” between the United States and Europe differs from the alliance that's been in place for decades.

    July 24, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  24. Mike

    That's the problem with this country (and much of the world) today. People think "Survivor" and "American Idol" constitute reality.
    News flash: Reality for America has been made over two centuries by FREE hard WORKING people (not welfare recipients), who have shed their BLOOD fighting oppression (instead of hiding behind ineffectual rhetoric) around the world so that all of these liberal idiots have the right to spout their gibberish. Anyone who would vote in more uniformed fools like Pelosi and her crew (Obama, for instance) deserve what they get. Just don't ask ME to pay for your stupidity.

    July 24, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  25. Debby

    The Germans are looking forward to listening to his speech only to say Dumkof afterward. LOL

    July 24, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
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