LINK: Sen Obama’s speech in Berlin, July 24, 2008
By July, 2008, Obama’s team was anxious to demonstrate not only that the candidate was not a neophyte when it came to foreign affairs but also the difference he could make in how the rest of the world viewed America. He went on a grueling tour of Afghanistan, Israel, and Germany.
In Berlin, he gave his first open-air public speech of the trip. In it, he was careful to differentiate between Obama, the candidate, verses Obama, the American citizen. At this time, the McCain campaign was promoting Obama’s “otherness” and his lack of patriotism. In this speech, Obama, in turn, tries to emphasize his love of country.