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Ja or Nein? Holding US Election Rally at German Landmark

German Chancellor Angela Merkel thinks the Brandenburg Gate, a symbol of German unity, makes an inappropriate backdrop for a Barack Obama Summer speech.

Monolithic American political figures have given historical speeches in the German Capital. In Berlin, John F. Kennedy declared "Ich bin ein Berliner" and President Ronald Reagan ordered the USSR to "tear down this wall" in front of the Brandenburg Gate. Bill Clinton even gave a speech about German unification with the same landmark in the background.

But Merkel's skepticism remains, even if Senator Obama wants to discuss common challenges between the US and Germany. Even so, it might not be up to the conservative chancellor, as the local government makes the decision and Berlin's mayor has already supported the plan. Plus, everyday Germans probably don't have a problem with an Obama speech — Germany would elect Obama in a landslide, as 72 percent favor him compared to McCain's 11 percent support among Germans.

What do you think about an Obama speech at the gate?


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