After visiting Iraq, Afghanistan and Israel earlier this week, Barack Obama greeted a crowd of nearly 200,000 people in Berlin on Thursday and gave a rousing speech about partnership and unity:
The walls between the countries with the most and those with the least cannot stand. The walls between races and tribes, natives and immigrants, Christians and Muslims and Jews cannot stand.
The German press likened the presumptive Democratic nominee to the late President John F. Kennedy and his 1963 Berlin speech in which he expressed brotherhood by declaring, “Ich bin ein Berliner.” They also called Obama “young, sexy and charismatic.”
Meanwhile back home in America, news anchors marveled over Obama’s rock star status in Europe and debated over whether his popularity would help or hurt his chances of becoming President.