Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama addressed a massive crowd in Berlin on Thursday, calling for Europeans and Americans to work together to "defeat terror and dry up the well of extremism that supports it."
"The walls between old allies on either side of the Atlantic cannot stand," Obama said, speaking not far from where the Berlin Wall once divided the city.
"The walls between the countries with the most and those with the least cannot stand. The walls between races and tribes, natives and immigrants, Christian and Muslim and Jew cannot stand," he said.
Obama said he was speaking as a citizen, not as a president, but the evening was awash in politics. His prepared remarks were to be compared to historic speeches in the same city by Presidents John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan. He used rhetoric heard in many of his own campaign appearances.
"People of Berlin, people of the world, this is our moment. This is our time," he said.
The Illinois senator began the morning by visiting the Western Wall in Jerusalem. He bowed his head in prayer before leaving a small note in the ancient wall as is the Jewish custom.
Obama then flew to Berlin where he met briefly with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Obama's visit to the German nation is part of an international tour designed to showcase him as a leader in U.S. foreign policy. He's already made stops in the Middle East, Iraq and Afghanistan.
He will also visit France and England before returning home to the U.S. this weekend.