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Obama Crowd Builds in Germany: Good or Bad?

Crowds gather in anticipation of Barack Obama's speech in Germany

Crowds gather to hear US Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama's speech in front of the Victory Column in Berlin on July 24, 2008. MICHAEL URBAN/AFP/Getty Images.

Barack Obama isn't speaking in Berlin until 1:15 eastern time today but the crowds are already massing. Rumors are that one million people could show up although Obama himself dismissed such suggestions, telling reporters: "I doubt we're gonna have a million screaming Germans."

A huge crowd today could be a mixed blessing for Obama. On the one hand, it is a potent symbol of the excitement his candidacy has caused worldwide. On the other, thousands and thousands of cheering Germans may not play well stateside.

Does a big crowd work to Obama's benefit or detriment? Or somewhere in between?

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 24, 2008; 12:54 PM ET
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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