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. Typical White Person

    He has an "entourage" now? The world submission tour continues...

    July 24, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  2. David from Ohio

    Great, now people are comparing Obama to Hitler? The stupidity of some people is breathtaking. If you don't like the coverage of Obama, don't watch it. That's the approach I've taken to Bush. For the Hillnuts, keep it up, cost Obama the election. We'll take the same approach when your heroine runs in four years.

    July 24, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  3. Phil, FL

    one nation under god!!!! I deal in facts too, thweetie

    July 24, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  4. bonnie

    Dear Not Important...
    Learn your history...JFK did not start the Viet Nam War...

    July 24, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  5. Paula, CA

    YES!! OBAMA '08!!!!!!

    July 24, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  6. Phil, FL

    What a bunch of wusses – you all are afraid of peace and harmony.

    You're haters.

    July 24, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  7. Phil, FL

    To the bible quoter – thou shall not bear false witness !!!!!!

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

    CNN...where's my comment????????????

    July 24, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  9. Kim, Dallas, TX

    You people with capital letters amuse me. Obama would be great for our country. You all come off as bigots to me (every time I read something terribly ignorant, it is always written from texas trail dog). If you know anything about the history of Germany, Berliners typically didn't support Hitler....just as I have never supported Bush. Not everyone falls inline with very misguided leaders. Obama has proven he has better judgment than anyone currently leading in Washington, and better than McCain who will only follow those terribly misguided ideals currently in place.

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

    It's interesting that I hear nothing from McCain and republican voters about how bad Obama is. Example: "He has no foreign policy experience" yet, the world would be prefer to work with obama and support his foreign policy ideas. I have yet to hear a reason why anyone should vote FOR McCain, rather than AGAINST Obama. I'm tired of republicans telling the world what's wrong instead of giving us ways to make things right. I'm not a Dem because I'm "brainwashed" or "a cultist", I'm a Dem because they have a plan to make things right. Republicans should listen to their parents. If they don't have anything good to say, shut up.

    July 24, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  11. gotcha

    What an idiot speech. I am ashamed that Americans are supporting this dud. What a joke. He needs to be home tending to business here. Berliners dont give a hoot about Obama. Did they give money for attendance?

    July 24, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  12. Dr.Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA







    July 24, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  13. Barbara

    OMG America America.

    When was the last time you saw a candidate for President of the United States greeting like this. All those people that are not even Americans lined up to see Obama. That lets you know that this world is tired of the fighting and all they needed was one American Politician that they could believe in. One Politician that they trust. The world is looking for somebody to come from our great country and actually stand on there word and mean what they say. They found that person in Obama and the rest of us need to realize that this world is ready for a change also. Im glad to be a part of this history Barack is making. Keep up the good fight Obama.

    Obama 08/12!

    July 24, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  14. Johnny in NYC

    Term of the Day:
    PLAYER HATER n. One who is jealous of another person's position, wealth, success,or in this case a McCain supporter.
    Obama is the man in 08!

    July 24, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  15. Phil, FL

    McCain just mispronounced sausage. What a joke!!!!!! Shausage anyone?

    July 24, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  16. Tom

    All I see is Our Tax money being used for Obamas election

    July 24, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  17. linda from South Dakota

    the speech was fantastic,, go obama,, you are doin the right thing by wantin better relationships with other countries,, what beter way to make a better change,, unlike mccain who is followin bush,,,, mccain is history,, go obama!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 24, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  18. PaulC

    Greg...Get a grip. You need to go back on your meds.
    Republicans can rant and demean but the rest of the world knows that the U.S. has become overbearing and arrogant. If we had cause it would be understandable but we believed our own press that we were the only superpower when in actuality we because the only superdebtor.

    The rest of the world tried to tell us that the invasion of Iraq was a mistake but we had watched too many Rambo and John Wayne movies and fell pray to our own delusions.
    It would be the same if you ran your car through a store front ...jammed a sheet of plywood over the hole and said "now it's better".

    July 24, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  19. Phil, FL

    McCain today – the surge succeeded. Wow – wish he had said that before (and before and before and before and before and before and before and before ................................................... )

    July 24, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  20. W.

    Folks: Obama is not Hitler. McCain is not Hitler. Barr is not Hitler, Nader is not Hitler.
    These old, tired tropes make the people that utter them to be foolishly partisan wolf-criers. Please, stop comparing people to murderous dictators. The world has actual men in Zimbabwe and Sudan that fill these roles quite well, thank you.

    July 24, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  21. sunny ade

    Mccain whinned and whinned that Obama had not gone everseas. Obama is now in overseas and
    1. The overseas loved Obama
    2. They see in him the man who will bring new world order
    3. They see a man who is direct opposite of what Bush and Mccain stand for.
    4. They now know that americans can be loved after all for this is a man who was not slapping people around like Bush.
    Obama is good, articulate, young, vibrant, engaging, inspirational and straight forward. John Mccain have now seen for himself. Any question?

    July 24, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  22. greg

    eva perons world tour during the 1930s.. obama on his world tour 2008.. my goodness toto, i dont think we are in america anymore,, wake up and think america,see history repeat,, a demogauge as president , the saviour of humanity,, please. george orwell could not write a story this bizarre if he tried,, the king is dead , long live obama.
    to save my soul , i am writing in hillary,, i think after this world wide admiration, adoration, annointing of the second coming. i hope you will also,,,, hillary 2008

    July 24, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  23. Jennifer from Kentucky

    To not so important'

    WHY JFK is so important is that YOU would not be living Here today without him. Read a history book, talk to someone who is older than you, read before you say something so stupid again!!!

    July 24, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  24. 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 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  25. go away mongers- Ventura ca

    It's so great to see Obama in this setting. Already the world is awaiting his Inauguration. Already, the citizens of the world are rallying for CHANGE!

    July 24, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
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