Five years after being denied the chance to speak at Germany’s famous Brandenburg Gate, President Obama will deliver a speech at the site where other U.S. presidents have made history.
The White House on Wednesday said that Mr. Obama will speak at Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on June 19, after attending a summit in Northern Ireland.
“President Obama will speak about the deep and enduring bonds between the United States and Germany, the vital importance of the transatlantic alliance, and the values that bind us together,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said in a statement.
Brandenburg Gate is the only remaining city gate in Berlin that represented the separation of the city between the communist East and democratic West Berlin.
President Ronald Reagan delivered his famous “tear down this wall” speech in 1987 at the west side of the gate, challenging the Soviet Union’s Mikhail Gorbachev.
In 1994, President Bill Clinton spoke at the west side of the gate.
But in 2008, German Chancellor Angela Merkel refused to let Mr. Obama, then a candidate for president, speak at the historic site, saying it was an honor reserved only for sitting presidents. Mr. Obama instead made a major campaign speech not far from the gate, an event that drew a crowd of more than 200,000.
The speech was mocked by the campaign of Sen. John McCain, the Republican presidential nominee, which aired an ad called “Celebrity” and compared Mr. Obama to Paris Hilton.