An estimated 200,000 people appeared to hear Senator Barack Obama speak in Berlin today.
The speech – “A World That Stands As One” – addressed international concerns that the United States has lost its way. Hoping to quell concerns, Obama promised he would work to unite the world in any way he can, but made sure to say he’s not appearing as a candidate:
“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,” Obama said precluding the buzz that his speech today is a campaign rally.
“I know my country has not perfected itself,” Obama said. “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.”
Despite Obama’s claims not to be a candidate, pundits across the board have commented that he appears to be “running for leader of the free world.” And, from the looks of the crowd in Germany, the free world loves him. What was also worth noting, we think, is how many people were waving American flags – not something we see very often these days.
On a somewhat related note, Obama has spent about $5 million on ads to run during the Olympic games, which begin August 8.
We’ve included Obama’s speech on the next page…