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Good evening I'm Chris Wallace in somewhat -- bullet that was the side of one of -- most triumphant moments.
But five years later it was a very different Barack Obama.
Getting a very different reception as he addressed a relatively small crowd today at historic Brandenburg Gate.
Senior White House foreign affairs correspondent Wendell Goler is in Berlin tonight.
It was his first speech to the German people -- president but some of Barack Obama's troubles followed him to Berlin.
And a question and answer session with Chancellor Angela Merkel the president defended the NSA's data mining and said -- -- dozens of threats.
Not just in the United States but.
In some periods of threats here in Germany.
But with memories of -- native east Germany still fresh even chancellor Merkel was a bit uncomfortable -- People have concerns -- precisely.
Concerns that that may be some kind of -- and across the -- gathering of information reporters also raised Afghan president Hamid Karzai's outrage over US talks with the Taliban.
And his threat to break off talks on a post what -- fourteen US military presence in that country.
Obama essentially said it will work it out.
But we suggested Karzai's frustration is understandable after Afghans are still being killed and by the way -- members of the international forces there are still being killed and that's not.
-- As we speak.
All in all the told the trip was very different from mr.
Obama's 2008 speech at the candidate for president.
For more than 200000 berliners gave him a rock star welcome.
On this day he spoke to an invitation only crowd of about 4500.
And referenced some of the 2008 promises he still hasn't fulfilled.
Our generation must move toward a global compact to confront big change -- climate before it is too late.
-- he spoke of moving beyond what he called the mindset of perpetual war and an America that means redoubling our efforts to close the prison at Guantanamo.
Obama announced plans to negotiate further cuts in the US and Russian nuclear arsenals which the two countries capped at 15100 warheads and just three years ago -- determined that we can ensure the security of America.
And our allies.
And maintain a strong and credible strategic deterrent while reducing all deployed strategic nuclear weapons by.
About nuclear disarmament is popular here in Europe and President Obama was preaching to the choir when he said so long as nuclear weapons exist we are not truly safe.
But there was quick criticism on Capitol Hill.
House armed services committee chairman buck -- -- and said in a written statement quote.
The president's desire to negotiate a new round of arms control with the Russians.
While Russia is cheating on a major existing nuclear arms control treaty strains credulity.
And Russian President Putin said he'd only consider the talks if other nuclear armed countries agreed to reduce their arsenals.
That last US Russian arms treaty was negotiated -- Dmitry Medvedev the man who was Russia's president in between the two times that.
Vladimir Putin has held the office and mr.
Putin's cool reception to the idea of no talks.
Maybe a sign of a new phase in US Russian relations.
Chris but all the president is fresh off that G-8 summit which of course not a heavy focus on -- I understand we have some breaking news tonight.
On an operation in Turkey -- linked to the rebels and Syria what can you tell us.
Well Chris we're hearing from many sources that are NATO ally Turkey is allowing Muslim extremists access.
To talk to us Syria to go after.
Syrian president Bashar Al Assad now.
These sources had their own issues with Turkey but if it's true it's likely to frustrate US officials who are concerned that Turkey is allowing.
Muslim extremist groups to get even stronger.
Chris Wendell Goler reporting live from Berlin Wendell thanks for that.
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