Obama, in Berlin: There Are More Walls to Tear Down

Estimated 100K see Dem give long-awaited speech to Europe

By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 24, 2008 1:09 PM CDT

(Newser) – Barack Obama told an estimated 100,000 in Berlin today that “America has no better partner than Europe.” Touching on climate change, nuclear non-proliferation, genocide, and human rights, the Democrat referenced Ronald Reagan’s famous plea to the Soviet Union—saying there are new “walls we must tear down.” He cited the example of post-war Germany's rebirth from ruins, accomplished by bringing people—including former enemies—together, CNN reports.

On terrorism, Obama declared, “we can stand with the vast majority of Muslims that reject the extremism that leads to hate instead of hope.” He spoke in proud words of the American melting pot and of the US vision for a “more hopeful world,” concluding that though the “road ahead will be long,” Americans and Europeans are “heirs to a struggle for freedom.”

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., waves as he arrives at the Victory Column in Berlin, Thursday, July 24, 2008.
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., waves as he arrives at the Victory Column in Berlin, Thursday, July 24, 2008.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., waves to the audience during his arrival at the Victory Column in Berlin Thursday, July 24, 2008.
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., waves to the audience during his arrival at the Victory Column in Berlin Thursday, July 24, 2008.   (AP Photo/Miguel Villagran)
A supporter of U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., holds a poster meaning Obama for Chancellor.
A supporter of U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., holds a poster meaning "Obama for Chancellor."   (AP Photo/Miguel Villagran)
A supporter of U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., holds an U.S. flag prior to a speech of the Senator.
A supporter of U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., holds an U.S. flag prior to a speech of the Senator.   (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
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