July 27, 2008
Obama in Berlin: Still an American Abroad
BY Michael Scott Moore
U.S. Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama speaking from the podium during his July 24 speech in Berlin. Image: EPA
Before Barack Obama's whistlestops in Europe and the Middle East, some Americans fretted he would come home looking too "elite" and foreign. At least the 200,000-strong crowd at Berlin's Siegessaule, or Victory Column, suggested he had a lot of new friends in Old Europe. "An American could be forgiven for thinking Germany was the 51st state in the Union," wrote Time magazine, the day before his speech.