He drew warm applause in declaring that the world should be free of nuclear weapons, the war in Iraq should be over, the world should commit to fight global warming, reject torture and welcome immigrants.
“I know my country has not perfected itself,” he said. “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. But I also know how much I love America.” he said.
And then his rousing close to a crowd waving American flags: “People of Berlin, and people of the world, the scale of our challenge is great. The road ahead will be long. But I come before you to say that we are heirs to a struggle for freedom. We are a people of improbable hope. With an eye toward the future, with resolve in our hearts, let us remember this history, and answer our destiny, and remake the world once again.”
As Stuart already noted in his post below, it was a well crafted and brilliantly delivered speech.
George W. Bush has plowed the foreign view of America and Americans asunder. In his speech today, Barack Obama made it crystal clear that he intends to renew and repair our relations aboard. He’s off to a roaring a start in my opinion with this speech in Berlin today. I believe Barack Obama showed the world today that he has all the attributes of a great leader. For the frist time, I truly see that with Barack Obama as our next president “we can” begin to restore the damage done by George W. Bush.
UPDATE: Here’s the video from the Obama camp of Obama’s Berlin speech: