“Ich bin ein Berliner”

June 18th, 2013

President Barack Obama will deliver a speech at Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, almost fifty years after President John F. Kennedy’s “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech. Kennedy’s speech, considered by many to be one of his greatest, offered American solidarity to West Berliners at a time when they were still alarmed by the construction of the Berlin Wall, dividing the city to prevent emigration to the West. Presidential historian Tom Whalen discusses the significance of Kennedy’s speech, calling it the “penultimate moment of the Cold War.”

Contact Whalen at 978-888-3131 or tjw64@bu.edu.

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