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.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (234 Responses)
  1. Carl Dupont

    Can the PUMAs understand what is going on in US and the World??
    Please PUMAs, try to become really American. Obama 2008 & 2012

    July 24, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  2. Roofin Reality, Houston, Tx.

    We need our allies, especially now as we struggle in so many ways.
    Adam stole my comments, so I'll jump out now.
    Senator Obama is getting ready to speak now.

    July 24, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  3. Michelle, PA

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

    Be careful what you wish for…."


    Best post I've seen in years!

    Of course, McCain wanted to "take" Obama to iraq and show him around like a puppy. Instead, here's Obama showing the world he doesn't need help – and the U.S. doesn't need McCain. Take that, old man!

    July 24, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  4. Paul

    Europe for Obama!!

    Please do the right thing America...for once! The last 8 years have been hell for everybody!

    July 24, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  5. Phil, FL

    Hey – McShame went to Canada and Columbia to give away our jobs. He wasn't well-received either place.

    I challenge McWarmonger to take a European tour so we can watch the throngs follow him

    I CHALLENGE HIM – or is he chicken?

    July 24, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  6. James in Kamiah

    Obamafest huh?

    I don't recall that being Obama's choice of words... who came up with that title? Oh that's right... people with a gripe.

    July 24, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  7. Lisa

    Once he starts talking they'll realize he's all talk and no substance.

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

    PUMA you got my vote. This guy is a real piece of work, so is the media.

    I do not believe CNNs poll on latinos and their all of a sudden love for Obama. CNN you are a piece of work also.

    Vote McCain or stay home or write in Hillary's name, but NO OBAMA

    Obama is acting like he is already the President in Europe – what a trip!! Whe cares what Europe wants – its what the US wants that matters. 18 Million people do not want Obama. I am one of those 18 million.

    July 24, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  9. therealist

    The audacity of the arrogant..

    July 24, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  10. Dieter Sprockets

    Now I'm as happy as a little guurrrlll

    July 24, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  11. SIMP

    your question to CNN as to why is there not a special called being white in america?

    Are you serious? If you would have looked at the program you would see it was not blaming whites for the struggles of black people, it was showing the struggles of black people in different scernario's. Actually you don't want them to do a special on being white in america, because based on the stat's, white people are fairing better than blacks because you all have been given the advantage whereas we as black people have to work a harder. We have had to struggle, but we have not stop fighting.

    July 24, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  12. one nation under god!!!!

    Pay close attention to this speech dems .This is where you can point to your boys demise.

    July 24, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  13. Allan

    FAke obama. Fake speech. Fake, fake,fake. Wake up America. EEEEYYYYY PUMA.

    July 24, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  14. RW

    To NOTFALLINGINLINE.org. Hey are you Bush supporters? I thought he was a party animal at Yale and was a postgraduate drinker. Did those qualifications impress you? He used his connections to get in USAF Reserves; took flight lessons and went AWOL. No chip off the old block is he; unlike his father who after being shot down chose to rejoin his unit. His experience was being given oil companies to manage and bring them into bankrupcy or be saved by the Arab friends of his family. He used his experince' to become Texas govenor; but the Dems ran the show. He ordered the invasion of Afganistan then quit that war before it was won; he then invaded Iraq after misleading the American public and declared victory 4 years ago-but forgot to bring the troops home. The same war McBush supported with all his experience-the same experience he gained being a member of the Keating5-oh yeah your guys a campaign reformer w/ a personal private jet exception written in his law. Thats the party of experience. Wall Street excess; bailouts; 4.00 gas; layoffs; estate tax exemptions for the super wealthy-like his wife. And foreign policy expertise but who just cannot seem to ever get it right w/o his human teleprompter battling Joe Lieberman.

    July 24, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  15. Annette

    This is a defiing moment in our American History, it's clear it's necessary for this moment to happen, Obama is a intelligent and clearly articulate leader..we all know that, to be black in American you have to be more then just ...and he is. If he was less then just...would this day had come? I think not. Nobody gave him nothing that he didn't earn, whether you like him or not. This is the American way, this is the American dream, if not, then is it a lie? Not taking away from McCain, he endured for this great country, but what does that have to do with him being a effective president? We have honored McCain then and now. But the reality is his train has come and gone.

    July 24, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  16. Phil


    Umm, I am so tired of people who support Obama like he is the next coming, but cannot give a reason for doing so other than, he is about change, he will tax the rich, the world loves him. How about Obama supporters actually give some substance as to why he is the greatest thing since sliced bread. He has no real platform. All he does is deliver charimatic speeches that amount to nothing. Change this, change that...sounds like the familiar Democratic rally. I can guarantee one change...more taxes. I am not saying that McCain is my first choice, but by far, he is much more experienced candidate and his ideas are much more sound. I could care a less if Europe likes my President. As someone else said, if they don't like our President, typically that means we are doing something right.

    July 24, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  17. Sherry, Atlanta

    May I first address this to Kenneth M. (1)' America' does not stand on this planet alone-WE do need co-operation of other nations (2) We're looking at a long process of gaining back the RESPECT that has been lost during the last 8 years...starting with the 2000 election, THE WORLD WAS WATCHING (and look what transpired behind it)-Iraq War (3) We will become a better America, because of President Obama. He is the vision of HOPE, with everything that America has to overcome at this given time.
    Let us all pray for his success...We all will benefit !

    July 24, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  18. one nation under god!!!!

    lol what a dud of a speech. good god what point is he trying to make.All you libs are gettin the vapors over this.You are pathetic.

    July 24, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  19. Josh

    i never thought i would see so many american flags being waved after Bush. This man is our only hope for this nation.

    July 24, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  20. smokesignals

    They recognize a true leader. Yea!!!!

    Glenn Beck is an idiot.

    July 24, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  21. no McCain!

    This really says something.

    Obama '08

    July 24, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  22. Tired of W, OH

    Bravo, "Henry n New York", well said.

    Obama's extreme popularity overseas would almost immediately reverse America's negative image in the world. McCain would only add to it.

    July 24, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  23. Obama to our rescue 08/12

    Obama can be a "messiah" any day /he has already given us HOPE /Change for our future / a future we sure never had with Bush and will never have with Bush/ McWar the two war machines .
    We know we will have a change for the better with Obama .
    People all over the world love Obama look at the polls and see where that lousey McWar stands "i mean where he lays it is nap time for McWar

    Yesterday I counted all the coverage CNN had on McWar which was rerun of his lies / BS thats not news by any stretch .
    CNN ARE YOU HOPING YOU CAN make this old fool look good when infact you are DEAD WRONG and so is McWar.

    CNN give the space to Obama he is the NEXT PRESIDENT 08/12

    July 24, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  24. FactCheck

    > Once he starts talking they'll realize he's all talk and no substance.

    Once again the stupidity of Americans continues to amaze. Please continue to watch American Idol and NASCAR while your empire continues to crumble around you. Oh look, Abu Dhabi just purchased the Chrysler Building and some Belgian just brought Budweiser corporation.

    July 24, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  25. Didine - Maryland

    Senator Obama, I am so proud of you. The whole world respect you and because of you, they are ready to love America again. May God continue to bless you Barack. I can not wait to hear your speech in Berlin, Germany.
    Go Obama!

    Obama '08

    July 24, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
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