“People of the world — look at Berlin, where a wall came down, a continent came together, and history proved that there is no challenge too great for a world that stands as one,” Obama said at Berlin’s Victory Column in the Tiergarten park.
“The fall of the Berlin Wall brought new hope. But that very closeness has given rise to new dangers — dangers that cannot be contained within the borders of a country or by the distance of an ocean,” he said.
Obama said people of all nations must stand together to face challenges of the 21st century — from terrorism to global warming to genocide.
“We cannot afford to be divided. No one nation, no matter how large or powerful, can defeat such challenges alone. None of us can deny these threats or escape responsibility in meeting them,” he said.
And so the world’s introduction to Obama to complete. Now pretty much everyone knows who he is and what he stands for.
At least for those outside the U.S. Inside the U.S. there is still plenty of work being done to reduce his candidacy and the man himself to a simple concept. A basic label. This process is now complete.
Obama is “The One”.
Yup. The Annointed One. The Saviour of All that is Good and Holy.
Not a bad label, really, when you compare it to some of the previous attempts.
Much of this was solidified by his speech last week in Berlin.
More on this one later. As with many things that illicit a strong reaction, this one is probably best processed personally.
Update: 8/7/08…just got back from driving across the country with a friend who was moving across the country.
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