Thursday, July 24, 2008

Obama Plays Down Berlin Speech

By Jeff Zeleny - The Caucus - NYT Politics Blog - July 24

BERLIN – Senator Barack Obama arrived in Germany on Thursday amid high anticipation for an evening speech he is poised to deliver here in the Tiergarten, the German capital’s equivalent of Central Park. As he held meetings with Chancellor Angela Merkel and other officials, he sought to tackle another task: lowering expectations.

“I doubt we’re going to have a million screaming Germans — let’s tamp down expectations here,” Mr. Obama told reporters as he flew here from Tel Aviv, joking that he only recently learned that his audience was expected to be so large. “We’re sort of on the high-wire all of the sudden.”

BBC video - What Germany thinks of Obama: He's Young, he's a good speaker, and he's full of hope.

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