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Germany Not As Enthusiastic About Obama Five Years After Historic Speech

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US Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) waves after a speech at the Victory Column in Tiergarten Park in Berlin, July 24, 2008. REUTERS/Jim Young (GERMANY) US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN 2008 (USA) - RTX83AJ

President Obama will be in Berlin on Wednesday. The last time he was there, it was 2008 as Senator Obama, the democratic presidential candidate. Then, he was embraced by a crowd of 200,000 enthusiastic Germans.

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How will he be received this time around?

Constanze Stelzenmueller of the German Marshall Fund of the US says he may not have as warm of a welcome as before.

Stelzenmueller said German's infatuation with Obama ended when he took office and saw him struggling with Congress and not living up to his campaign pledge to close Guantanamo or put an end to all wars immediately.

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    U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama waves to the crowd after making a speech in front of the Victory Column (Siegessaeule) in Berlin July 24, 2008. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz (GERMANY) US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN 2008 - RTX839V

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