Former President Barack Obama arrived in Germany to huge crowds and a rock star welcome Thursday. Obama was in Berlin to speak at the iconic Brandenburg Gate during a celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Hundreds of thousands of people turned out to hear Obama speak, many of them carrying signs with sayings like “We Love Obama” and “Obama, You Are A Berliner”.
— Douglas Herbert (@dougf24) May 25, 2017
Huge crowds in Berlin waiting for Obama pic.twitter.com/zvTviAFKRZ
— Fiona. (@fiona_day) May 25, 2017
The former President did not disappoint his fans. His rousing speech urged the people of Germany to push back against the rise of nationalism and xenophobia, stating:
We have to push back against those trends that would violate human rights or suppress democracy or restrict individual freedoms. We can’t isolate ourselves. We can’t hide behind a wall…In the eyes of God, a child on the other side of the border is no less worthy of love and compassion than my own child. You can’t distinguish between them in terms of their worth or inherent dignity.
Trump’s reception in Brussels was a little less welcoming.
The huge crowds in support of Obama were in stark contrast to the thousands of protestors who turned out in Brussels yesterday to march against the arrival of Donald Trump. Trump, who once referred to Brussels as “hellhole”, is in Belgium to meet with fellow NATO leaders.
An estimated 9,000 people turned out to protest his arrival, carrying signs and effigies of President Loser and chanting slogans such as “If you don’t want Trump in Belgium clap your hands” and “hey hey, ho ho, Donald Trump has got to go”.
— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) May 24, 2017
According to a representative from the Obama Foundation, Trump and Obama arriving in Europe to speak with world leaders on the same day was merely a coincidence. Still, the contrast of the Europeans’ reception of each man was striking.Click here for reuse options!
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