President Obama joined German Chancellor Angela Merkel on stage at Berlin’s Brandenberg Gate as part of a celebration of the 500 year anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.
The crowd gave President Obama a rock star welcome, according to the Associated Press.
Obama greeted Chancellor Merkel warmly, calling her one his favorite partners throughout his presidency.
The harmony and ease between the two leaders was a stark contrast to Merkel’s meeting with Trump in Washington in March, when the U.S. president appeared to refuse to shake Merkel’s hand in front of reporters.
Once again proving that he is one of the greatest orators of our age, President Obama spoke directly to the crowd.
“Chancellor Merkel has done outstanding work, not just here in Germany, but around the world,” Obama said.
After lauding Merkel, he launched a defense of his own presidency and the values of liberal democracy championed by both leaders.
Citing the rise of nationalism and xenophobia in parts of the world, Obama told the crowd that “we have to push back against those trends that would violate human rights or suppress democracy or restrict individual freedoms.”
In a veiled reference to his successor Donald Trump, who has proposed to cut support for diplomacy and international aid by nearly a third, Obama said those programs are essential aspects of national security policy.
“We can’t isolate ourselves. We can’t hide behind a wall,” he said, to cheers from the audience.
Watch the full video below but beware – the feels are intense!
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