U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama is urging Europeans and
Americans to work together to defeat terror and the extremism that
Speaking to a cheering crowd of tens of thousands in Berlin, Obama said
there must be no walls dividing allies on either side of the Atlantic,
or between religions and races. He then called on Europe to stand by
the United States to bring stability to Afghanistan and to work to end
the war in Iraq,
Obama also spoke of his vision of America, and how it drew his Kenyan
father to its shores with ideals that speak to aspirations shared by
It was the candidate's first formal speech on an international tour that has taken him to Europe and the Middle East.
The Democratic candidate's tour and its news coverage have come under
intense criticism from the campaign of his Republican rival, John
McCain. The four-term U.S. senator said he would "love to give a speech in Germany." But he said he would
rather give it as president than as a candidate for the presidency.
McCain's campaign Web site accuses the media of a "bizarre fascination"
The Obama visit comes at the start of a European tour that will also
take him to France and Britain. Obama earlier visited Afghanistan,
Iraq, Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian territories.
He meets later today with other German officials, Obama was also expected to address the issue of NATO troop needs in Afghanistan.