Presidents in Berlin
Berlin has set the scene for some of the most memorable speeches delivered by U.S. Presidents in the modern era. Today, President Obama speaks at the Brandenburg Gate during his first state visit to the German capitol.
President Obama’s speech occurs 50 years to the month after JFK famously declared his solidarity with the people of Berlin. In June of 1987, Ronald Reagan stood at the Brandenburg Gate on the west side of the Berlin Wall and implored, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”
President Kennedy addresses the people of Berlin. Rudolph Wilde Platz, West Berlin, Federal Republic of Germany. 6/26/63.
President Reagan speaking at the Berlin Wall, Brandenburg Gate, Federal Republic of Germany. 6/12/87.
The west-side of the Berlin Wall with the Brandenburg Gate in the background from George Bush Library.
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