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Barack Obama Speech in Germany

Citizen of the World Barack Obama Speaks to Berliners

Barack Obama spoke to tens of thousands of Berliners gathered at the foot of the Victory Column, chanting "Yes We Can" or "O-bam-a." Using the image of a wall in the city formerly home to the most infamous one, Barack Obama highlighted the common challenges facing America and its allies, especially Europe.

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.


While sharing pride for his country, Obama also discussed concerns shared with Europe, including: working for a successful NATO mission in Afghanistan, securing loose nuclear material, working with Russia, getting Iran to abandon its nuclear plan, securing a lasting peace between Israel and Palestine, bringing the Iraq war to a close, and addressing climate change (which got some of the loudest applause).


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For more from the speech, and to find out how the Bush Administration and John McCain handled the event,

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Obama asked the crowd to carry the burdens of global citizenship that bind us together:

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?

So did the Republicans get in the spirit? Yes and No. While Germans got to hear what Obama had to say, the Bush Administration's State Department banned foreign service workers from attending the event. But John McCain appeared today at the Schmidts' Sausage Haus in Columbus, Ohio's German Village, apparently going for the German vote as well.

Will Americans be excited that foreign people embraced an American leader?

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stephley stephley 8 years
Here's something that's worth considering when you cite the National Journal: in 2004, it listed John Kerry as the most liberal senator - he's still in office, so how did Obama manage to win the nod from him? Also, is Obama actually more liberal than Ted Kennedy, or self-described Democratic Socialist Bernie Sanders or Russ Feingold - the only senator to vote against the Patriot Act? "production and distribution of goods are controlled substantially by the government rather than by private enterprise" Where does Obama or any Democrat call for shifting the production and distribution of goods to the government?
nadiap nadiap 8 years
When Reagan came into power his goal (to destroy the middle class fully realized by Bush) had no problem doubling the FICA tax on middle class to pay for the huge tax break for the rich. You know the "voodo economics." Isn't that taxation for redistrubution of wealth. When the current neocons administration cuts programs to finance tax breaks for the rich and wicked corporations isn't that taxation for redistrubution of wealth.? In fact corporations get taxpayer money as incentive to go build their business overseas leaving americans who've worked for them for 25-30years high and dry. You know what, the sad fact is these people would vote for Bush again. All he'd have to do is wear the Lapel flag pin made in freakin' China, promise to keep the queers from getting married, have prayer in school and overturn Roe Vs Wade. Reagan also began some heavy deregulation for which we're paying dearly right now. What happen when you deregulate? The sharks come out to play cause they know there's no consequences. Well we've seen the results of deregaltion now haven't we. Enron, Bear-Stearns, more recently those mortgage banks etc. In fact Bush took taxpayers money to bail those crooks out. But then again they're two peas in a pod. The corruption in the healthcare industry is just atrocious. You can't go around bragging to the world how you're the greatest thing since slice bread and can't even provide healthcare for your population. On every lists The US is way down compared with countries with less resources. It's a shame.
Cassandra57 Cassandra57 8 years
I'm not calling names or slinging mud, I'm drawing conclusions. I know it's the "National Journal", but it's based on figures, not just opinions. "Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., was the most liberal senator in 2007, according to National Journal's 27th annual vote ratings." http://tinyurl.com/ypjea6 American Heritage New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition socialism An economic system in which the production and distribution of goods are controlled substantially by the government rather than by private enterprise, and in which cooperation rather than competition guides economic activity. There are many varieties of socialism. Some socialists tolerate capitalism, as long as the government maintains the dominant influence over the economy; others insist on an abolition of private enterprise. All communists are socialists, but not all socialists are communists. IMO taxation for redistribution of wealth fits under this definition. Centralizing key private, personal activities like health care, too. What about telling us what kind of light bulbs or automobiles we are allowed to buy, and where to set our thermostats?? A high degree of government regulation of business seems to apply, too. Every time there's a problem in some sector of the economy, his first answer seems to be increased regulation: mortgages, oil speculators, broadcasting, anyone who pollutes; and taxes on "windfall" oil company profits.
stephley stephley 8 years
"And it confirms that Obama is a European-style socialist, which has already been noted here in the states, and of which they (of course) approve."Why go there Laine? He's a moderate liberal by U.S. liberal standards - the socialist label 'noted' here in the states is from fairly extreme conservatives who a liberal might label as European-style fascists. Does that help anything? Europeans have seen and survived the profound death and destruction of two world wars in the last 100 years, so may have a stronger point of reference than we do over how new, different and big there current terrorism threats actually are.
stephley stephley 8 years
"And it confirms that Obama is a European-style socialist, which has already been noted here in the states, and of which they (of course) approve." Why go there Laine? He's a moderate liberal by U.S. liberal standards - the socialist label 'noted' here in the states is from fairly extreme conservatives who a liberal might label as European-style fascists. Does that help anything? Europeans have seen and survived the profound death and destruction of two world wars in the last 100 years, so may have a stronger point of reference than we do over how new, different and big there current terrorism threats actually are.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
I don't know a lot of people that would cheer for terrorism. I think they were very serious parts of his speech, and certainly not applause lines. And it doesn't match what Germany is saying today: ""From the point of view of the chancellor and the government, the speech is a positive signal for Europe and to Europe," spokesman Ulrich Wilhelm told reporters. Obama "underlined the fact that the challenges of the 21st century can only be tackled together, only in international cooperation — that corresponds with the German government's position." Wilhelm said the priorities Obama named matched those of Germany. "A common resolution of international conflicts, a common fight against climate change, a clear initiative on the question of disarmament, dealing with the challenges of international terrorism — all these questions can no longer be resolved by one country alone, but only in close international cooperation that also involves international organization," Wilhelm said.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
I don't know a lot of people that would cheer for terrorism. I think they were very serious parts of his speech, and certainly not applause lines. And it doesn't match what Germany is saying today:""From the point of view of the chancellor and the government, the speech is a positive signal for Europe and to Europe," spokesman Ulrich Wilhelm told reporters. Obama "underlined the fact that the challenges of the 21st century can only be tackled together, only in international cooperation — that corresponds with the German government's position."Wilhelm said the priorities Obama named matched those of Germany."A common resolution of international conflicts, a common fight against climate change,<b> a clear initiative on the question of disarmament, dealing with the challenges of international terrorism — all these questions can no longer be resolved by one country alone, but only in close international cooperation that also involves international organization," Wilhelm said.
Cassandra57 Cassandra57 8 years
I wasn't able to listen to this whole speech, I had a really full day yesterday, but caught some coverage of it later in the day. I'll try to find it on YouTube over the weekend. I noticed a couple of things: When he spoke about the world working together to combat terrorism, the whole 200,000 people were very quiet. When he spoke about increased globalization, open borders, and "we are the world" platitudes, he got rousing applause. This tells me that Europe is not willing to support us in the fight against terrorism, they want to leave the whole job to us. And it confirms that Obama is a European-style socialist, which has already been noted here in the states, and of which they (of course) approve.
Cassandra57 Cassandra57 8 years
I wasn't able to listen to this whole speech, I had a really full day yesterday, but caught some coverage of it later in the day. I'll try to find it on YouTube over the weekend. I noticed a couple of things: When he spoke about the world working together to combat terrorism, the whole 200,000 people were very quiet. When he spoke about increased globalization, open borders, and "we are the world" platitudes, he got rousing applause. This tells me that Europe is not willing to support us in the fight against terrorism, they want to leave the whole job to us. And it confirms that Obama is a European-style socialist, which has already been noted here in the states, and of which they (of course) approve.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
Merkle has said that the Obama speech sent a "positive signal" to Europe. :)
Jillness Jillness 8 years
We might have allies in name, but we need allies in action as well. Fact is we NEED more NATO troops in Afghanistan (both McCain and Obama agree on this point). Right now we are fighting much of this battle on our own. The vast majority of countries that have sent us troops gave us fewer than 100 people.
bleached bleached 8 years
"why the heck do i care what some other country thinks about us?" Contrary to what some Americans believe, you are not alone on this planet and in fact, you play a major role in it (though some of us "other countries" may like to deny it). America has been a superpower for basically 60 years and many countries now look to it and follow its lead. Who you elect as leader has an effect on the rest of the world and you should care. I understand that you still have to do what is best for your own country in the long run, but what the rest of the world thinks should at least factor into your decision-making process... even if just a little bit. Like Jill said, you do need allies. Canada will always be an ally, but we kind of have no choice (we'd like to think we do, but we really don't)... But other countries are probably not as dependent on you as we are and it's important to have their support and respect so that you can turn to them when and if you ever need help.
bleached bleached 8 years
"why the heck do i care what some other country thinks about us?"Contrary to what some Americans believe, you are not alone on this planet and in fact, you play a major role in it (though some of us "other countries" may like to deny it). America has been a superpower for basically 60 years and many countries now look to it and follow its lead. Who you elect as leader has an effect on the rest of the world and you should care. I understand that you still have to do what is best for your own country in the long run, but what the rest of the world thinks should at least factor into your decision-making process... even if just a little bit. Like Jill said, you do need allies. Canada will always be an ally, but we kind of have no choice (we'd like to think we do, but we really don't)... But other countries are probably not as dependent on you as we are and it's important to have their support and respect so that you can turn to them when and if you ever need help.
Fo-show317771 Fo-show317771 8 years
Come on Cravinsugar-Obamas work began in the community. Deep in poverty torn ghettos like my own. So hes actually working inside out. Now that hes on foreign soil speaking in front of 200,000 people doesnt mean that he forgot about US. I know it seems a bit out of proportion because hes getting the love and recognition as a candidate, that many of our past leaders got as president. But you gotta give him credit..hes a great speaker..and great speakers often become great leaders. If Bush was speaking...there would be 200,000 protesters.And if McCain was in his place..you'de hear crickets chirping in broad daylight. Nice song norah22- very uplifting
Fo-show317771 Fo-show317771 8 years
Come on Cravinsugar- Obamas work began in the community. Deep in poverty torn ghettos like my own. So hes actually working inside out. Now that hes on foreign soil speaking in front of 200,000 people doesnt mean that he forgot about US. I know it seems a bit out of proportion because hes getting the love and recognition as a candidate, that many of our past leaders got as president. But you gotta give him credit..hes a great speaker..and great speakers often become great leaders. If Bush was speaking...there would be 200,000 protesters. And if McCain was in his place..you'de hear crickets chirping in broad daylight. Nice song norah22- very uplifting
norah22 norah22 8 years
Yes WE ARE citizens of the world, WE ARE one, please listen to the lyrics of this song WE ARE that I found on Youtube. his name is Francis Jocky, he is so right, we're all of one, one of all... Just beautiful. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2t5F6jZlFbc
norah22 norah22 8 years
Yes WE ARE citizens of the world, WE ARE one, please listen to the lyrics of this song WE ARE that I found on Youtube. his name is Francis Jocky, he is so right, we're all of one, one of all... Just beautiful.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2t5F6jZlFbc
stephley stephley 8 years
Cravin, just this week Britain said they can't trust us, Australia has quit Iraq because they said we lied, Poland complained we lied tothem... we've got a great deal of healing to do with countries that historically have liked us very much.Calling Obama's speech BS because like all politicians and most public speakers, he has speechwriters, is kind of like saying an interior decorator has no talent because painters paint the walls.
stephley stephley 8 years
Cravin, just this week Britain said they can't trust us, Australia has quit Iraq because they said we lied, Poland complained we lied to them... we've got a great deal of healing to do with countries that historically have liked us very much. Calling Obama's speech BS because like all politicians and most public speakers, he has speechwriters, is kind of like saying an interior decorator has no talent because painters paint the walls.
janneth janneth 8 years
I agree that seeing the US flags waving in the crowd was amazing.
cravinsugar cravinsugar 8 years
Jillness, we have allies. We need to heal ourselves from the inside out.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
"why the heck do i care what some other country thinks about us?"To start with, how about the fact that we need more NATO troops in Afghanistan fighting with us. When you woo the citizens of a democracy, you woo their leaders who are elected. We need allies. China and Russia are getting very powerful, and they don't look like they are going to slow down anytime soon. We need to build as many allies as we can get, so we have the leverage to get what we want.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
"why the heck do i care what some other country thinks about us?" To start with, how about the fact that we need more NATO troops in Afghanistan fighting with us. When you woo the citizens of a democracy, you woo their leaders who are elected. We need allies. China and Russia are getting very powerful, and they don't look like they are going to slow down anytime soon. We need to build as many allies as we can get, so we have the leverage to get what we want.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
torg - I agree that he is a leader. He is not THE leader though, which is my point. Stephley - I have no idea what they are referring to. I've not listened to any part of the speach (because I'm lazy...).
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
torg - I agree that he is a leader. He is not THE leader though, which is my point.Stephley - I have no idea what they are referring to. I've not listened to any part of the speach (because I'm lazy...).
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