The highest security level is set in Berlin for the arrival of US President Barack Obama and the First Lady, Michelle Obama. The couple, who was invited by the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, will be arriving tonight.
For the last two days President Obama has been in Northern Ireland in the Lough Erne resort for the G8 conference.
Tomorrow Obama will give a speech at the Brandenburg Gate, a symbolic place where the wall divided West and East Berlin for 29 years. It has been 50 years since the famous speech of John F. Kennedy on June 26th, 1963 at the city hall, Rathaus Schoenberg.
Who does not remember the sentence he pronounced “Ich bin ein Berliner” (I am a Berliner).
Since other US Presidents have come to Berlin to deliver speeches at the Brandenburg Gate. On June 12th 1987, Ronald Reagan talking to Mikhail Gorbachev said “Tear down this wall”.
The Berlin Wall, which was built in 1961, finally fell down in 1989/90.
Bill Clinton came a few years after in 1994 and said to the Berliners “Berlin is free”:
When President Obama visited Berlin in 2008 before his election over 200,000 people came to welcome him at the gate. Let see how many will be there tomorrow.