Some Germans resorted to creative outfits to protest Obama’s visit to Berlin. (Marc Young/Yahoo News)
Editor's Note: Marc Young, an American journalist based in Berlin, is covering President Barack Obama's visit for Yahoo News.
BERLIN—When Barack Obama last visited Berlin back in 2008, Constanze Fröhlich felt like she was part of history.
“He was about to become the first black president—I wanted to support that,” the 35-year-old university researcher told Yahoo News. “It was really amazing so many people were there.”
Back then, in a surprising outpouring of Teutonic affection for Obama, a euphoric crowd of 200,000 turned up to hear the Democratic presidential contender speak in the German capital.
“People of the world: Look at Berlin, where a wall came down, a continent came together, and history proved that there is no challenge too great for a world that stands as one,” he told the rapturous masses. “This city, of all cities, knows the dream of freedom.”
But five years later, Germany’s love affair with the U.S. president has gone cold.
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