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Obama Delivers Berlin Address: 'A World that Stands as One'


Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) waves as he arrives at the Victory Column in Berlin, July 24, 2008. (Associated Press)

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama is speaking in Berlin. His remarks, "A World that Stands as One," as prepared for delivery, follow:

"A World that Stands as One"
July 24th, 2008
Berlin, Germany

Thank you to the citizens of Berlin and to the people of Germany. Let me thank Chancellor Merkel and Foreign Minister Steinmeier for welcoming me earlier today. Thank you Mayor Wowereit, the Berlin Senate, the police, and most of all thank you for this welcome.

I come to Berlin as so many of my countrymen have come before. Tonight, I speak to you not as a candidate for President, but as a citizen - a proud citizen of the United States, and a fellow citizen of the world.

I know that I don't look like the Americans who've previously spoken in this great city. The journey that led me here is improbable. My mother was born in the heartland of America, but my father grew up herding goats in Kenya. His father - my grandfather - was a cook, a domestic servant to the British.

At the height of the Cold War, my father decided, like so many others in the forgotten corners of the world, that his yearning - his dream - required the freedom and opportunity promised by the West. And so he wrote letter after letter to universities all across America until somebody, somewhere answered his prayer for a better life.

That is why I'm here. And you are here because you too know that yearning. 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.

Ours is a partnership that truly began sixty years ago this summer, on the day when the first American plane touched down at Templehof.

On that day, much of this continent still lay in ruin. The rubble of this city had yet to be built into a wall. The Soviet shadow had swept across Eastern Europe, while in the West, America, Britain, and France took stock of their losses, and pondered how the world might be remade.

This is where the two sides met. And on the twenty-fourth of June, 1948, the Communists chose to blockade the western part of the city. They cut off food and supplies to more than two million Germans in an effort to extinguish the last flame of freedom in Berlin.

The size of our forces was no match for the much larger Soviet Army. And yet retreat would have allowed Communism to march across Europe. Where the last war had ended, another World War could have easily begun. All that stood in the way was Berlin.

And that's when the airlift began - when the largest and most unlikely rescue in history brought food and hope to the people of this city.

The odds were stacked against success. In the winter, a heavy fog filled the sky above, and many planes were forced to turn back without dropping off the needed supplies. The streets where we stand were filled with hungry families who had no comfort from the cold.

But in the darkest hours, the people of Berlin kept the flame of hope burning. The people of Berlin refused to give up. And on one fall day, hundreds of thousands of Berliners came here, to the Tiergarten, and heard the city's mayor implore the world not to give up on freedom. "There is only one possibility," he said. "For us to stand together united until this battle is won...The people of Berlin have spoken. We have done our duty, and we will keep on doing our duty. People of the world: now do your duty...People of the world, look at Berlin!"

People of the world - look at Berlin!

Look at Berlin, where Germans and Americans learned to work together and trust each other less than three years after facing each other on the field of battle.

Look at Berlin, where the determination of a people met the generosity of the Marshall Plan and created a German miracle; where a victory over tyranny gave rise to NATO, the greatest alliance ever formed to defend our common security.

Look at Berlin, where the bullet holes in the buildings and the somber stones and pillars near the Brandenburg Gate insist that we never forget our common humanity.

People of the world - look at Berlin, where a wall came down, a continent came together, and history proved that there is no challenge too great for a world that stands as one.

Sixty years after the airlift, we are called upon again. History has led us to a new crossroad, with new promise and new peril. When you, the German people, tore down that wall - a wall that divided East and West; freedom and tyranny; fear and hope - walls came tumbling down around the world. From Kiev to Cape Town, prison camps were closed, and the doors of democracy were opened. Markets opened too, and the spread of information and technology reduced barriers to opportunity and prosperity. While the 20th century taught us that we share a common destiny, the 21st has revealed a world more intertwined than at any time in human history.

The fall of the Berlin Wall brought new hope. But that very closeness has given rise to new dangers - dangers that cannot be contained within the borders of a country or by the distance of an ocean.

The terrorists of September 11th plotted in Hamburg and trained in Kandahar and Karachi before killing thousands from all over the globe on American soil.

As we speak, cars in Boston and factories in Beijing are melting the ice caps in the Arctic, shrinking coastlines in the Atlantic, and bringing drought to farms from Kansas to Kenya.

Poorly secured nuclear material in the former Soviet Union, or secrets from a scientist in Pakistan could help build a bomb that detonates in Paris. The poppies in Afghanistan become the heroin in Berlin. The poverty and violence in Somalia breeds the terror of tomorrow. The genocide in Darfur shames the conscience of us all.

In this new world, such dangerous currents have swept along faster than our efforts to contain them. That is why we cannot afford to be divided. No one nation, no matter how large or powerful, can defeat such challenges alone. None of us can deny these threats, or escape responsibility in meeting them. Yet, in the absence of Soviet tanks and a terrible wall, it has become easy to forget this truth. And if we're honest with each other, we know that sometimes, on both sides of the Atlantic, we have drifted apart, and forgotten our shared destiny.

In Europe, the view that America is part of what has gone wrong in our world, rather than a force to help make it right, has become all too common. In America, there are voices that deride and deny the importance of Europe's role in our security and our future. Both views miss the truth - that Europeans today are bearing new burdens and taking more responsibility in critical parts of the world; and that just as American bases built in the last century still help to defend the security of this continent, so does our country still sacrifice greatly for freedom around the globe.

Yes, there have been differences between America and Europe. No doubt, there will be differences in the future. But the burdens of global citizenship continue to bind us together. A change of leadership in Washington will not lift this burden. In this new century, Americans and Europeans alike will be required to do more - not less. Partnership and cooperation among nations is not a choice; it is the one way, the only way, to protect our common security and advance our common humanity.

That is why the greatest danger of all is to allow new walls to divide us from one another.
The walls between old allies on either side of the Atlantic cannot stand. The walls between the countries with the most and those with the least cannot stand. The walls between races and tribes; natives and immigrants; Christian and Muslim and Jew cannot stand. These now are the walls we must tear down.

We know they have fallen before. After centuries of strife, the people of Europe have formed a Union of promise and prosperity. Here, at the base of a column built to mark victory in war, we meet in the center of a Europe at peace. Not only have walls come down in Berlin, but they have come down in Belfast, where Protestant and Catholic found a way to live together; in the Balkans, where our Atlantic alliance ended wars and brought savage war criminals to justice; and in South Africa, where the struggle of a courageous people defeated apartheid.

So history reminds us that walls can be torn down. But the task is never easy. True partnership and true progress requires constant work and sustained sacrifice. They require sharing the burdens of development and diplomacy; of progress and peace. They require allies who will listen to each other, learn from each other and, most of all, trust each other.

That is why America cannot turn inward. That is why Europe cannot turn inward. America has no better partner than Europe. Now is the time to build new bridges across the globe as strong as the one that bound us across the Atlantic. Now is the time to join together, through constant cooperation, strong institutions, shared sacrifice, and a global commitment to progress, to meet the challenges of the 21st century. It was this spirit that led airlift planes to appear in the sky above our heads, and people to assemble where we stand today. And this is the moment when our nations - and all nations - must summon that spirit anew.

This is the moment when we must defeat terror and dry up the well of extremism that supports it. This threat is real and we cannot shrink from our responsibility to combat it. If we could create NATO to face down the Soviet Union, we can join in a new and global partnership to dismantle the networks that have struck in Madrid and Amman; in London and Bali; in Washington and New York. If we could win a battle of ideas against the communists, we can stand with the vast majority of Muslims who reject the extremism that leads to hate instead of hope.

This is the moment when we must renew our resolve to rout the terrorists who threaten our security in Afghanistan, and the traffickers who sell drugs on your streets. No one welcomes war. I recognize the enormous difficulties in Afghanistan. But my country and yours have a stake in seeing that NATO's first mission beyond Europe's borders is a success. For the people of Afghanistan, and for our shared security, the work must be done. America cannot do this alone. The Afghan people need our troops and your troops; our support and your support to defeat the Taliban and al Qaeda, to develop their economy, and to help them rebuild their nation. We have too much at stake to turn back now.

This is the moment when we must renew the goal of a world without nuclear weapons. The two superpowers that faced each other across the wall of this city came too close too often to destroying all we have built and all that we love. With that wall gone, we need not stand idly by and watch the further spread of the deadly atom. It is time to secure all loose nuclear materials; to stop the spread of nuclear weapons; and to reduce the arsenals from another era. This is the moment to begin the work of seeking the peace of a world without nuclear weapons.

This is the moment when every nation in Europe must have the chance to choose its own tomorrow free from the shadows of yesterday. In this century, we need a strong European Union that deepens the security and prosperity of this continent, while extending a hand abroad. In this century - in this city of all cities - we must reject the Cold War mind-set of the past, and resolve to work with Russia when we can, to stand up for our values when we must, and to seek a partnership that extends across this entire continent.

This is the moment when we must build on the wealth that open markets have created, and share its benefits more equitably. Trade has been a cornerstone of our growth and global development. But we will not be able to sustain this growth if it favors the few, and not the many. Together, we must forge trade that truly rewards the work that creates wealth, with meaningful protections for our people and our planet. This is the moment for trade that is free and fair for all.

This is the moment we must help answer the call for a new dawn in the Middle East. My country must stand with yours and with Europe in sending a direct message to Iran that it must abandon its nuclear ambitions. We must support the Lebanese who have marched and bled for democracy, and the Israelis and Palestinians who seek a secure and lasting peace. And despite past differences, this is the moment when the world should support the millions of Iraqis who seek to rebuild their lives, even as we pass responsibility to the Iraqi government and finally bring this war to a close.

This is the moment when we must come together to save this planet. Let us resolve that we will not leave our children a world where the oceans rise and famine spreads and terrible storms devastate our lands. Let us resolve that all nations - including my own - will act with the same seriousness of purpose as has your nation, and reduce the carbon we send into our atmosphere. This is the moment to give our children back their future. This is the moment to stand as one.

And this is the moment when we must give hope to those left behind in a globalized world. We must remember that the Cold War born in this city was not a battle for land or treasure. Sixty years ago, the planes that flew over Berlin did not drop bombs; instead they delivered food, and coal, and candy to grateful children. And in that show of solidarity, those pilots won more than a military victory. They won hearts and minds; love and loyalty and trust - not just from the people in this city, but from all those who heard the story of what they did here.

Now the world will watch and remember what we do here - what we do with this moment. Will we extend our hand to the people in the forgotten corners of this world who yearn for lives marked by dignity and opportunity; by security and justice? Will we lift the child in Bangladesh from poverty, shelter the refugee in Chad, and banish the scourge of AIDS in our time?

Will we stand for the human rights of the dissident in Burma, the blogger in Iran, or the voter in Zimbabwe? Will we give meaning to the words "never again" in Darfur?

Will we acknowledge that there is no more powerful example than the one each of our nations projects to the world? Will we reject torture and stand for the rule of law? Will we welcome immigrants from different lands, and shun discrimination against those who don't look like us or worship like we do, and keep the promise of equality and opportunity for all of our people?

People of Berlin - people of the world - this is our moment. This is our time.

I know my country has not perfected itself. At times, we've struggled to keep the promise of liberty and equality for all of our people. We've made our share of mistakes, and there are times when our actions around the world have not lived up to our best intentions.

But I also know how much I love America. I know that for more than two centuries, we have strived - at great cost and great sacrifice - to form a more perfect union; to seek, with other nations, a more hopeful world. Our allegiance has never been to any particular tribe or kingdom - indeed, every language is spoken in our country; every culture has left its imprint on ours; every point of view is expressed in our public squares. What has always united us - what has always driven our people; what drew my father to America's shores - is a set of ideals that speak to aspirations shared by all people: that we can live free from fear and free from want; that we can speak our minds and assemble with whomever we choose and worship as we please.

These are the aspirations that joined the fates of all nations in this city. These aspirations are bigger than anything that drives us apart. It is because of these aspirations that the airlift began. It is because of these aspirations that all free people - everywhere - became citizens of Berlin. It is in pursuit of these aspirations that a new generation - our generation - must make our mark on the world.

People of Berlin - and people of the world - the scale of our challenge is great. The road ahead will be long. But I come before you to say that we are heirs to a struggle for freedom. We are a people of improbable hope. With an eye toward the future, with resolve in our hearts, let us remember this history, and answer our destiny, and remake the world once again.

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The Obama campaign gurus have a habit of overplaying their hand. Any good that had been accomplished by Barack Obama's speech today could have been accomplished with a quiet visit to the site.

As it was, the speech came off as warmed over JFK and Ronald Reagan. Like in most Obama speeches, he said nothing but he said it eloquently.

Posted by: danielhancock | July 24, 2008 11:50 PM

Way To Go Obama!!! Strong message, full of substance. You should be our next POTUS, and help restore some of our credibility with the rest of the world. With that message, I definitely feel represented. Go Obama!

Thank you foreigners for the wonderful welcome. Thank you for taking the time to hear this particular American speak as well.

Posted by: Obama2008 | July 24, 2008 11:38 PM

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Posted by: JrILVFiIVaBWbWXQzU | July 24, 2008 11:27 PM

So let him run in Berlin

Posted by: Bill | July 24, 2008 11:07 PM

This is truly a great speech. We need to be inspired by such words. This is the 21st Century and I am afraid that many of the challenging comments to this speech betray the fears and histories of the competitive conflicts across the board of the 20th Century.... Let's move on.... Yes, we can!

Posted by: Rock | July 24, 2008 5:30 PM

Obama we're sick of your lies.
Your political machine.
The biased Leviathan Media.
Rise up against them.

Feel the wrath of a new generation.
Feel the wrath of TRUTH.

Posted by: Teenage Riot | July 24, 2008 4:08 PM
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Wow.

How many guns does you have, Teenage Riot?

I guess we shouldn't be surprised to read about teenage massacre at some Tennessee high school any day now.

Posted by: mnjam | July 24, 2008 5:13 PM

Hitler gave great speeches too. Hitler played off the fears of the people and was popularly elected during the Great Depression. Hitler had a vast propaganda machine lead by Joseph Goebbels, and a vibrant youth movement. Hitler blamed everything on the Jews.

Obama gives great speeches. Obama is playing off the fears of the American people and the hints of recession. Obama has an enormous political machine engineered by David Axelrod and supported by an admittedly biased mainstream media, and Obama targets the youth via Facebook and Myspace. Obama blames everything on Bush and "the neocons."

Obama is a great lie, a farce. Don't let the theatrics fool you.

Posted by: WahooWa | July 24, 2008 3:03 PM

Let's get this straight.

Obama has his JEWISH campaign manager are really Nazis.

Woo! Hoo!

WahooWa.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 24, 2008 5:11 PM

What a joke... For someone that hates free trade, proposes abolishing NAFTA, and rails against free markets it sure is interesting how there will be "a world that stands as one". He is an empty politician that latches on to catchy phrases with little meaning to disguise his lack of substance, ideas, and experience.

http://www.beyondthemargin.net/2008/07/nafta-and-protectionism-in-us.html

Posted by: | July 24, 2008 4:47 PM
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"Free trade" is "a catchy phrase with little meaning?"

Have you lost your wingnut mind?

Posted by: mnjam | July 24, 2008 5:06 PM

I am not a Republican. I'm an Independent. And please, at least McCain knows there's 50 states in the Union.
Obama is an opportunistic charlatan who will say whatever it takes to get elected. Right now people are too afraid to criticize him out of fear of being called racist. The man's color is not the problem, its the content of his character that is wanting. If the man does not feel the need to wear a flag-pin to demonstrate his patriotism, I have no problem with that, but why the flip-flop? If he likes going to his church and claims he can't renounce his spiritual mentor, its his personal decision, but why the flip-flop. If he toked it up in college, and was open to legalizing marijuana, its his opinion, but again why the flip-flop. As others have pointed out, the list could go on forever.

Now here's a better question for you? Why are you supporting Obama. He's for change? He unites people. Recently a Muslim woman wearing the traditional head-covering was seated behind Obama in view of cameras. She was removed from her seat by Obama campaign officials because it would look bad for him. What a joke. Here's the thing about Obama supporters, they say everyone else is racist, ignorant, whatever, when they are actually the ones that are racist and ignorant.
Its kinda like people who are homophobic. The ones that are intolerant of those who lead alternative lifestyles are in the closet themselves. Individuals who cry race all the time are likely racist themselves - they only see the world in theoe terms.

Have a good day Christa, and good luck with your candidate.

Yours Truly,
Avant Guard

Posted by: Avant Guard | July 24, 2008 4:23 PM
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Dude,

You are a Republican.

BIG TIME.

Why not admit it?

Why be a phony like Obama?

Posted by: mnjam | July 24, 2008 5:04 PM

It continues to amaze me that some people just don't get it, and would rather condemn and denigrate what they don't understand than become educated and thoughful.

I shall name names: Chris, pgr88, Mark in Florida (please change your name as you do Florida no favor), and Jay... to mention a few.

Marvelously written speech.

Posted by: michael4 | July 24, 2008 4:59 PM

Please racists...come out of the closet. Do not spread lies about Obama and his wife. You know the truth. We know the truth. You can not vote vote for Obama because he is black. We understand. Racists, plz tell the truth and the truth will set you free. You'll even feel better afterwards.

Posted by: Playa | July 24, 2008 4:57 PM

Avant Guard

I support Obama for his approach to public service and the humanity he shows. I do not agree with everything that he says and personally I do not think that everyone should agree all the time.

I feel that Obama is the best person to get us out of this economic and foreign crisis that the last 8 years have brought.

I do not look at Obama as the one, but I do see him as the one that can change the image of this country and bring it back to where it should be both here at home and abroad.

He is a politician for sure and a good one, but mcCain has not shown me that he is willing to help anyone besides those that are already in his inner circle.

I am not so naive to believe that Obama can just get into office and do everything that he says he will do or change. But I do think that he will try. He is definately more bipartisan than McCain, regardless of what McCain says. Republicans like him as well as Democrats. He believes in compromise over strong arming.

So I guess I am for Obama because I think he will do his best to keep his promises. He is not perfect but he is definately a better choice than John McCain.

Posted by: Christa | July 24, 2008 4:54 PM

Great speech. I think we are ready to rejoin the world community after eight years of Bush's go-it-alone attitude. We have seen where that has gotten us. McCain wants to continue in that vein, even ignoring the wishes of the elected Iraqi government. The choice is clear - change direction, vote Obama.

Posted by: Chuck | July 24, 2008 4:52 PM

What a joke... For someone that hates free trade, proposes abolishing NAFTA, and rails against free markets it sure is interesting how there will be "a world that stands as one". He is an empty politician that latches on to catchy phrases with little meaning to disguise his lack of substance, ideas, and experience.

http://www.beyondthemargin.net/2008/07/nafta-and-protectionism-in-us.html

Posted by: Anonymous | July 24, 2008 4:47 PM

When Obama supporters run out of ad hominen attacks, they just start calling people racist.
For all the money in the Obama campaign, you'd think they could come up with something better.
Its no wonder that Clinton was able to almost beat Obama even though she was drastically outspent. Hey Obama supporters, you can't buy this one.

Posted by: John Q Public | July 24, 2008 4:45 PM

The real racists are those who continuously charge others with racism when they are racist themselves.

As one intelligent poster mentioned earlier, its like people who are homophobes. The biggest homophobes are typically the ones who are the biggest queers. They think by degrading anyone who even appears to be queer they can hide their own queerness from the rest of the world.

Joe Jackson and Playa, I think its time for you folks to come out of the closet. You're racist. Go to your Black Panther or Klan meeting. You'll find other similarly confused individuals.

Posted by: The Real Racists | July 24, 2008 4:42 PM

To the anonymous poster who said that the Republicans have turned the country into a police state. Your candidate, Obama voted for Bush's wire tap and surveillance bill. So either your candidate lacks no back-bone and is compromising his (and his supporters) beliefs to get elected or he also supports a police state.

Have fun with your candidate.

Posted by: Bro Hymn | July 24, 2008 4:38 PM

I'm don't know about you guys, but I'm tired of seeing McCain's racist face with his racist supporters on TV.

Posted by: Joe Jackson | July 24, 2008 4:37 PM

Obama is bad for the economy, bad for our soldiers, and bad for the American people. Economists are adamantly against his economic policies. His taxes will force more U.S. corporations overseas taking jobs with them, and will take money away from middle-class American's savings. He will endanger our soldiers with a timetable for withdrawal, and his refusal to listen to military commanders will lead him to put troops unnecessarily in harms way. An Obama presidency will leave all Americans (rich, middle-class, and poor alike) with no change in their pockets, in an continuously insecure and uncertain world. Obama lacks the cold-hard reality of the situation, and his latte liberal advisors who haven't endured any real hardship or real-world experience will undoubtedly lead him into disaster.

Posted by: DC Metro | July 24, 2008 4:35 PM

America is the biggest racist country in the world. All these racist people are voting for McCain. Obama has no chance. McCain calls the racists his base.

Posted by: Playa | July 24, 2008 4:32 PM

Next..............The New World Order.

Posted by: seedobecome | July 24, 2008 4:31 PM

The problem with Obama is he's frankly not a straight dude.

I mean if he just flat out said, he hasn't made his mind up about stuff, I'd be cool with it, but he changes his platform whenever it suits him. Especially in regard to his reversal on the troop surge. His campaign quietly tried to have it removed from his website.

If the media did some real reporting, maybe more people would see him for the fraud that he is. Obama is one lame dude, and people who actually stop and think will not vote for him.

Posted by: SoCaL | July 24, 2008 4:28 PM

Christa,

I am not a Republican. I'm an Independent. And please, at least McCain knows there's 50 states in the Union.
Obama is an opportunistic charlatan who will say whatever it takes to get elected. Right now people are too afraid to criticize him out of fear of being called racist. The man's color is not the problem, its the content of his character that is wanting. If the man does not feel the need to wear a flag-pin to demonstrate his patriotism, I have no problem with that, but why the flip-flop? If he likes going to his church and claims he can't renounce his spiritual mentor, its his personal decision, but why the flip-flop. If he toked it up in college, and was open to legalizing marijuana, its his opinion, but again why the flip-flop. As others have pointed out, the list could go on forever.

Now here's a better question for you? Why are you supporting Obama. He's for change? He unites people. Recently a Muslim woman wearing the traditional head-covering was seated behind Obama in view of cameras. She was removed from her seat by Obama campaign officials because it would look bad for him. What a joke. Here's the thing about Obama supporters, they say everyone else is racist, ignorant, whatever, when they are actually the ones that are racist and ignorant.
Its kinda like people who are homophobic. The ones that are intolerant of those who lead alternative lifestyles are in the closet themselves. Individuals who cry race all the time are likely racist themselves - they only see the world in theoe terms.

Have a good day Christa, and good luck with your candidate.

Yours Truly,
Avant Guard

Posted by: Avant Guard | July 24, 2008 4:23 PM

I stand for Obama because he stands for me. I'm an American and I would rather someone tell me the truth than what they think I want to hear.

What does McCain stand for? I'm still waiting for someone to tell me. I've asked this question before and all I get is silence.

Obama wants what is best for the many not the few. McCain wants only for the richest Americans to survive and for the masses to suffer. Just like George W. Bush. He has said nothing different. At least not from what I have heard.

McCain said that he is for veterans, yet he votes against the new GI Bill, which he said he would vote for. How can he call himself a veteran and not protect others like him. McCain said that he was against offshore drilling, now he is all for it.
Talk about flip flopping.

Freedom of speech is bliss, and I love to debate. But spewing negativity under the curtain of anonymity is the Bush way. We see you.

Posted by: Christa | July 24, 2008 4:23 PM

The speech was brilliantly assembled. Obama sounds more intelligent than John F. Kennedy. I know for sure that the current U.S. president doesn't even have the staff to prepare a speech the likes that Obama gave in Germany. What is up with your President today? He can't read. We need Obama as our next president. He can read very well. He is convincing. He is someone you could trust.

Posted by: peacemaker | July 24, 2008 4:15 PM

Avant Guard

You sound very bitter for some reason, what is it?

Please come with something more substanitive. For instance, Knowing the difference between Shiite and Sunni, or that Czechoslovakia has not existed for 15 years. When you can give me something like that then maybe I will consider you an informed voter. Until then you are just another angry Republican throwing the kitchen sink at the next President of the United States.

Posted by: Christa | July 24, 2008 4:10 PM

Senator Obama is the proof that mutual respect and cooperation can do far more for our nation's security than using "overwhelming force" (and arrogance) to get "our way" through domination.

I just hope that the majority of Americans are smart enough to know that the only way to attain a GENUINE success in the war on terror is to keep our true friends beside us and unite ALL the people of good will around the world to join and help protect us.

Barack Obama is the wave of the future.

(And I'm on board!)

Posted by: Carmen Cameron | July 24, 2008 4:08 PM

Obama we're sick of your lies.
Your political machine.
The biased Leviathan Media.
Rise up against them.

Feel the wrath of a new generation.
Feel the wrath of TRUTH.

To those working at the Obama machine, hehe.

Posted by: Teenage Riot | July 24, 2008 4:08 PM

Obama we're sick of your lies.
Your political machine.
The biased Levithan Media.
Rise up against them.

Feel the wrath of a new generation.
Feel the wrath of TRUTH.

To those working at the Obama machine, hehe.

Posted by: Teenage Riot | July 24, 2008 4:08 PM

The only people bringing up color are Obama supporters. Get that through thick-skulls. The only people that care about his skin-color are Obama supporters. Now who is the racist.

Most people who don't vote for Obama is because he stands for absolutely nothing. He has flip-flopped on so many issues, and reversed himself even on so-called "private' matters, that its impossible to see what he stands for besides himself. I'm surprised liberals still support him after pandering to the middle and supporting Bush's surveillance bill abridging civil liberties.

Obama supporters, get over the man's race, and figure out why you're really supporting the guy. If its because of his color or because he looks different, then you're the racist.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 24, 2008 4:03 PM

I am really disappointed in some of the comments about Obama's speech. I really hoped that people (probably Republicans) would see the significance of an American being applauded by people on foreign soil. Instead, I see the same irrelevant and full of hate that I find on other comment pages for the Washington Post.

This speech was not about Obama, he is just the vessle. If you read it without prejudice you would have seen that it was about unity and the coming together of these nations and all nations against forces that are working to tear this world apart.

In case some of you have not noticed America is hated by most of the world and have been for the last 8 years and it keeps getting worse. If we do not practice diplomacy and humanity we will have to build walls around our country just to be able to walk the streets during the day. Which would make it impossible for America to survive because we import about 70% of the products we use every day including oil. This is due to Bush corporate tax cuts that award companies that operate and send American jobs oversees. Made in America is becoming a memory.

I see that the hate runs deep, but stupidity and voting for John McCain may haunt us forever.

The color of this man's skin should be irrelevant. After all diversity is the American way. People need to stop voting with their emotions and vote to survive, because that is exactly what this election is all about.

Posted by: Christa | July 24, 2008 3:59 PM

Obama copied Clinton's policy. He has bastardized it, engaged in the worst kind of politics, now he wants our support. Say no. And Obama flip-flopping and pandering left and right won't even get Roe right. Say no to this disgusting nefariours crook.

Posted by: Clintonistas Against Obamatards | July 24, 2008 3:55 PM

The Obama drones are at it again. Keep claiming victory when its not there. Nervous laughter and doubt plague you.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 24, 2008 3:53 PM


The right-wing idiots are out in force today!

Did you know Obama is JUST LIKE HITLER now?!?

Ha Ha. They are so screwed, and they know it. How else could they possible throw out such totally idiotic things?

They will lose.

Posted by: sequoia | July 24, 2008 3:52 PM

I am surprised to see how vitriolic several postings are here. Only in America can we find this freedom of speech. The angry postings point to a steady coarsening of our culture.

Posted by: TK | July 24, 2008 3:49 PM

IT'S TIME HANNITY TO UNSTRAP THAT LITTLE
TRAINER BRA OF HIS,OBAMA IS GETTING CLOSER
TO THE POTUS.OUTING STANDING JOB OBAMA.


CHANGE THAT WE CAN BELIEVE IN(08)

Posted by: HORNY FOR HANNITY | July 24, 2008 3:48 PM

Barack in front of an adoring German throng. Obama knows that those wacky Germans are particularly inclined toward the Cult of Personality. Seems very fitting that Barack would choose Germany, doesn't it?

A fact-finding mission during a run for the POTUS? Barack's thinly disguises his Presidential rally and we get to pay for it - disgusting.

Posted by: David | July 24, 2008 3:47 PM

Obama and his political machine is working to manipulate, fool, and trick you. Just the the media was too much in lock-step with the Bush administration to point out the obvious prior to Iraq. Iraq did not have WMD's or connections to Al Qaeda, the media is in lock-step with the Obama political machine. They will hide any negative information about Obama and spin every story in his favor. Do not allow for Lies, Deceit, Manipulation 3.0. Fight the POWER. Rage Against the Machine. Rise Against. Be an independent thinker.

Posted by: Fight the Power | July 24, 2008 3:44 PM

If Obama is a liar what's that make George W?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 24, 2008 3:39 PM

Obama the liar.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 24, 2008 3:34 PM

I'm a member of the Panthers knucklehead. Get that through your thick skull. Btw, you are a RACIST.

Posted by: PimP | July 24, 2008 3:33 PM

You're so right, dude. Obama is Hitler! Great analogy! It's so obvious! Brilliant! I guess that makes Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld a bunch of Girl Scouts too then! And McCain is Bozo the clown and Ron Paul is Yogi Bear! Yeah, it makes complete sense now! How come I didn't see that before! You're so smart man!

Posted by: Anonymous | July 24, 2008 3:32 PM

Whow! What a speech? Inspirational,friendly,respectful. Obama's speech, like a blueprint, is that sewing needle needed to sew this broken world together to a more secure and long lasting unified world. What a geant vision! Bravo Senator Obama.

Posted by: Jean Botro | July 24, 2008 3:32 PM

I heard that, I wished he had not said that but it is small

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One major false note that will likely be unnoticed by Americans but won't play well with the Germans: he blamed the Berlin blockade on "the Communists." As the Communist Party is still an active and popular mainstream political party in Germany (and the rest of Europe), he would have been better served by referring to the "Soviets."

Posted by: Jay Reeder | July 24, 2008 2:31 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | July 24, 2008 3:29 PM

Wow, an outdoor speech that long to Germans and not even in german!
Who is he playing?

Posted by: pete
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Fall and bump your little head, didja?

Posted by: where the dummies are... | July 24, 2008 3:27 PM

In the contest for whose the most racist candidate, Obama wins hands-down. Big ups the the racist man. The KKK and Black Panthers should unite in their racism for this man. a victory of Obama is a victory for division, hate, and racism.

Posted by: Pimp |
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And reading your post takes points off of an I.Q. Run along, your klan meeting is starting.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 24, 2008 3:25 PM

This is all VERY Impressive -- I mean the speech and adulation!

Posted by: KYJurisDoctor | July 24, 2008 3:25 PM

In the contest for whose the most racist candidate, Obama wins hands-down. Big ups the the racist man. The KKK and Black Panthers should unite in their racism for this man. a victory of Obama is a victory for division, hate, and racism.

Posted by: Pimp | July 24, 2008 3:22 PM

Obama is still better than the wife beating McCain.

Posted by: Playa | July 24, 2008 3:18 PM

I call it his "scary globalist speech":

http://lonewacko.com/blog/archives/007855.html

Posted by: LonewackoDotCom | July 24, 2008 3:17 PM

Obama is not a terrorist. As far as we know he has no connections to Al Qaeda.

Obama is not a Muslim. The only connections are his name, and he childhood in Indonesia (the largest Muslim nation in the country), and some will point to the fact that he registered as a Muslim in his childhood school. But thats the only evidence given.

Obama is not in cahoot with Osama. No evidence has been presented of any communication between these two men.


Now the facts.

Obama is a fraud, fake, and a liar. He flip-flops on everything. His so-called gifts as a speaker comes from being able to speak in such vague terms that could mean possibly anything.
His double-speak is astounding. First he criticizes and blasts critics for pointing out that he stopped wearing a flag-pin after 9-11 and refusing to put his hand over his heart during the playing of the national anthem (while everyone else did). He claimed he didn't have to show his patriotism with "empty gestures." Then when he discovers when he's running against war hero McCain, he starts wearing the flag pin. Obama speaking to college students says he would legalize and jokes about lighting it up himself in college; then he later reverses himself and says he would not legalize marijuana. When the Rev. Wright debacle broke, Obama says he could not renounce the Rev. or break from the church. When it becomes a bigger issue, he renounces the rev. and breaks from the Trinity Church. Obama said the surge was part of the problem, and had this listed on his website as one of the problems in Iraq. He quietly tried to have this comment removed, then meandered when asked whether the surge was working. The list could go on forever, but you get the idea.
Obama as Rev. Wright said is a politician who will say anything to get elected.
See this man for the lie that he is.

Posted by: Avant Guard | July 24, 2008 3:15 PM

McCain's speech. McCain would have joked about killing Germans. "Bomb, Bomb, Bomb Germans".

Posted by: Playa | July 24, 2008 3:15 PM

Wow, an outdoor speech that long to Germans and not even in german!
Who is he playing?

Posted by: pete | July 24, 2008 3:11 PM
_________________________________________
Most Europeans can and do speak more than one language.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 24, 2008 3:14 PM

Wow, an outdoor speech that long to Germans and not even in german!
Who is he playing?

Posted by: pete | July 24, 2008 3:11 PM

This is much more substantive than a 'shoulder message' Bush gave to the German Chancellor.

Posted by: royals1 | July 24, 2008 3:11 PM

McCain thanks God everyday for racist people. McCain calls the racist people in America his base. A vote for mcCain is a vote for the KKK.

Posted by: Playa | July 24, 2008 3:06 PM

Hey Joe Jackson, I really admired your "Night and Day" album.

Go Obama!!!

Posted by: johng1 | July 24, 2008 3:06 PM

The only people not voting for McCain are racists. Too bad there are too many liberals who are racist against white people in America.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 24, 2008 3:04 PM

The only people NOT voting for Obama are the racists. Too bad we have too many of them in our country.

Posted by: Joe Jackson | July 24, 2008 3:03 PM

Hitler gave great speeches too. Hitler played off the fears of the people and was popularly elected during the Great Depression. Hitler had a vast propaganda machine lead by Joseph Goebbels, and a vibrant youth movement. Hitler blamed everything on the Jews.

Obama gives great speeches. Obama is playing off the fears of the American people and the hints of recession. Obama has an enormous political machine engineered by David Axelrod and supported by an admittedly biased mainstream media, and Obama targets the youth via Facebook and Myspace. Obama blames everything on Bush and "the neocons."

Obama is a great lie, a farce. Don't let the theatrics fool you.

Posted by: WahooWa | July 24, 2008 3:03 PM

If Obama gets elected and can successfully reform our educational system then the Republicans will never get elected to anything every again.

Progress....

Posted by: JR, Boston | July 24, 2008 3:01 PM

Wow...

Posted by: mcbagley | July 24, 2008 3:00 PM

I didn't hear the speech; I just read it, and I got a bit choked up for a moment. It is glorious to finally hear an American leader talking to a foreign audience with intelligence and passion. This is the kind of public diplomacy that not only does our country proud, it moves mountains for our foreign policy agenda.

For all of McCain's supposed strengths (despite his inability to keep that pesky Sunni/Shia thing straight), his administration would be under great pains to accomplish anything substantitive outside our borders if he is unable to win the battle for hearts and minds on foreign soil. This is the power of diplomacy. Obama gets it.

Posted by: Washington, DC | July 24, 2008 2:55 PM

Same cr@p about "America is a work in progress" and "I am here to redeem you." Oh, of course he needed to add, "and did I mention I am black man?" By the way, I'm a victim too!!

Posted by: pgr88 | July 24, 2008 2:54 PM

A little German cultural background:

The Washington Post photo gallery shows Senator Obama with Berlin's Mayor Klaus Wowereit. The caption states that the two are pumping fists.

Actually, I think the mayor is wishing Senator Obama good luck in his campaign. In the States, we cross our fingers, but in Deutschland folks press their thumbs (Daume drücken)to wish someone good luck.

Posted by: Beth Ector | July 24, 2008 2:52 PM

Obama made me proud today! It's been a long time since I've seen American flags being flown in Europe!

Posted by: Sueb | July 24, 2008 2:52 PM

Thank you Obama. With you as our president maybe we will begin to repair America's place in the world.

Posted by: Nestor | July 24, 2008 2:51 PM

Yeah I know about the "change" he keeps babbling about. Now I'm sure he may WANT change, he may even pray to Allah for it too, but it sure as hell ain't gonna happen on his watch.
Unless he elicits his plans to end the war and bring our troops home immediately, do away with the Fed, the IRS, Secret Service, bring back the gold standard, close our borders, release the oil locked at Gull Island, bring back the US Constitution, and of course many, many other things.
But he won't. He can't...
Oh yeah, I forgot...his name is not RON PAUL.

Posted by: Chris | July 24, 2008 2:48 PM

What a speech! Another signature moment in our nation's history.

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Posted by: Jody Couser, Press Officer, Democrats Abroad | July 24, 2008 2:46 PM

That speech was the biggest bunch of gobble de gook I have ever read. You talk about speading the manure, he really did an extra ordinary job of fooling the people of Germany into thinking he cares a rats behind about them.All he wanted, and got, was a big media spectical. The press was so mesmerized about it, it will be the only thing you will hear on the boob tube tonight.I guess hardball will have a feeling run up his leg again. Chris is so wrapped up in that phony, that he can't think straight when he talks about him.I hope every body reads this garbage and realizes that voting for this fool would be the ruination of our Republic ,so they had better think twice before pulling that lever for him.You ain't seen anything yet, that this country will be like in the next four years, if he is elected. I am still waiting to find out just exactly what he is for, and what he wants to change about the greatest country on the face of this earth.

Posted by: Elmerck | July 24, 2008 2:45 PM

Boring speech. Unenthusiastic crowd. What was the point of the speech anyway? Come together as a world? ... whatever.

Posted by: Jay | July 24, 2008 2:41 PM

Such a beautifully written speech. No braggadocio here, a brief poignant lesson in history, America's noble contribution to Berlin and Europe, and a promise to stand by allies and those who aspires for freedom. Obama did America proud - he came prepared and did not disappoint. This is the product of what America does best.

Posted by: M. Stratas | July 24, 2008 2:40 PM

I have noticed that those who use the possessive apostrophe s to indicate the plural are more likely to be conservatives.

So are those who confuse the spelling of "their," "there," and "they're." (Curiously, they are often consistent in their incorrect usage.)

What is the connection between the inability to understand/unwillingness to use proper English grammar and conservative Republican politics? I thought they liked following the rules.

I'm just sayin'...

Posted by: grammar | July 24, 2008 2:38 PM

just think, had McCain tried the same thing all he would have got was a dozen skinheads and neo-nazies.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | July 24, 2008 2:37 PM

Obama is the man!

Posted by: johng1 | July 24, 2008 2:33 PM

What??? Our cars in Boston are melting the Ice cap??? What about Obama's private Jet trip around the world tour? Why is that he always blames America?

Posted by: Mark in Florida | July 24, 2008 2:33 PM

CHANGE from 8 years of a horrible presidency under George W Bush and his Neo-Con war-mongering buddies! Why do you folks against Obama always try to question his message of CHANGE? It means he wants to CHANGE the direction this country has been going the last 8 years with $4 gasoline, foreclosures, unemeployment, the weak dollar, the unending war in Iraq, the negative perception of America around the world, etc. Any other questions about CHANGE you need answered or need a clarification on?
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Chris wrote: Thanks you Obama for the history lesson, now....WHAT'S THIS THING ABOUT CHANGE YOU KEEP YAPPIN' ABOUT????

When you figger it out, please make sure and let us know...

Posted by: Factory Worker, Akron Ohio | July 24, 2008 2:33 PM

Great speech, great visuals, great crowd response...and great news today that Obama and McSame are tied in a Florida poll. McSame could not pull together ~1 million enthusiastic listeners in Berlin, or anywhere...except maybe in Alabama...and even then he'd have to buy them all dinner and fill up their gas tanks. And he doesn't have the money to do that anyway.

Posted by: hankd | July 24, 2008 2:32 PM

Those were AMERICAN flags being waved in a foreign nation. When was the last time that happened?

The speech was great and the reception was perfect!

America is back!

Posted by: Eros Wong | July 24, 2008 2:32 PM

One major false note that will likely be unnoticed by Americans but won't play well with the Germans: he blamed the Berlin blockade on "the Communists." As the Communist Party is still an active and popular mainstream political party in Germany (and the rest of Europe), he would have been better served by referring to the "Soviets."

Posted by: Jay Reeder | July 24, 2008 2:31 PM

Man, is this guy (Limbaugh) full of hate and venom, or what? I can't believe that pigs like that get airtime, or that there are little piggies that actually believe what Mr. Hate spews out.

Unbelievable.

Posted by: Gary P | July 24, 2008 2:01 PM

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Let Rush Limbaugh continue taking his millions, swindling his listeners, discretiting his advertisers and marginalizing himself. His day is over.

Posted by: DFC102 | July 24, 2008 2:30 PM


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To the bitter people clinging to religion and guns: Sieg Heil! TheOne has spoken!

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Posted by: ALEX H. | July 24, 2008 2:28 PM

Wow! That's the kind of inspirational leadership America has been missing for a long time. Bring it on!

Posted by: thebob.bob | July 24, 2008 2:23 PM

I was at the speech, and listened carefully on a t.v, as well.
It was the perfect speech to make, and the crowd, estimated by the Polizei, at 250,000, was stoked and enthusiastic.
Berliners include tens of thousands of US citizens, who can vote, register others, and donate funds to Obama's campaign.
It was a stroke of political genius to do this.
And what was McCain's dominant image: riding around in a golf cart with Poppy Bush in Kennebunkport. That kind of says it all.

Posted by: Dan in Berlin | July 24, 2008 2:22 PM

Mccain spoke today at a German restaurant. I almost chocked on my lunch when I saw it.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 24, 2008 2:16 PM

a world that stands as one... against Shock and Awe and Bring It On (sounds like blitzkreig) and to a save the planet from the fascists and racists.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | July 24, 2008 2:08 PM

How come the big O didn't use the one foreign phrase he knows - merci beaucoup!

Posted by: Krishna | July 24, 2008 2:08 PM

I was listening to Obama speak, on the Rush Limbaugh radio show. No other news station was carrying it so I stumbled accross the old windbag's show - and the gasbag is doing a play-by-play, drive by on Obama while he's still speaking.

Man, is this guy (Limbaugh) full of hate and venom, or what? I can't believe that pigs like that get airtime, or that there are little piggies that actually believe what Mr. Hate spews out.

Unbelievable.

Posted by: Gary P | July 24, 2008 2:01 PM

A lot of Americans will be surprised in November when they learn we are no longer ruled by our racist past. The only way Obama is going to lose if he announces some policy like "An America undivided through forced interaccial sexual unions" or "The enslavement of all white people"

Posted by: Marc Edward | July 24, 2008 1:58 PM

America, the Racist.

Posted by: plasya | July 24, 2008 1:48 PM

extraordinary speech. But racist Americans will still vote for an incompetent old fool like McCain....because, you guessed it. Racist Americans are not very smart.

Posted by: Playa | July 24, 2008 1:47 PM

Thanks you Obama for the history lesson, now....WHAT'S THIS THING ABOUT CHANGE YOU KEEP YAPPIN' ABOUT????

When you figger it out, please make sure and let us know...

Posted by: Chris | July 24, 2008 1:46 PM

"I come to Berlin as so many of my countrymen have come before. Tonight, I speak to you not as a candidate for President, but as a citizen - a proud citizen of the United States, and a fellow citizen of the world."

If only the Republican's had understood this well, about being a citizen of the world, we might not be in the massive mess we are in now.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 24, 2008 1:37 PM

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