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, U.S. President Barack Obama talks with NBA basketball player Dirk Nowitzki (R) and president of the Federation of German Industries (BDI) Ulrich Grillo (C) as he sits alongside sits alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the beginning of a dinner in honor of President Obama in the Orangery of Charlottenburg Palace on June 19, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. Obama is visiting Berlin for the first time during his presidency with a speech at the Brandenburg Gate to be the highlight. Obama will be speaking close to the 50th anniversary of the historic speech by then U.S. President John F. Kennedy in Berlin in 1963, during which he proclaimed the famous sentence "Ich bin ein Berliner".  (Photo by Guido Bergmann/Bundesregierung via Getty Images)

U.S. President Barack Obama talks with NBA basketball player Dirk Nowitzki (R) and president of the Federation of German Industries (BDI) Ulrich Grillo (C) as he sits alongside sits alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the beginning of a dinner in honor of President Obama in the Orangery of Charlottenburg Palace on June 19, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Guido Bergmann/Bundesregierung via Getty Images)

DALLAS (105.3 THE FAN) – President Barack Obama spoke at Berlin’s iconic Brandenburg Gate on Wednesday, calling for reductions in U.S. and Russian nuclear stockpiles, for a movement to confront climate change, and for a “fighting spirit’’ of activism for freedom around the world.

Oh – and part of the day also included a meal with German hero Dirk Nowitzki, the Dallas Mavericks star who celebrated his 35th birthday while watching the speech, snapping photos, and then dining with the President.

Berlin’s fight for peace a half-century ago makes Obama’s appearance there a symbolic one. It was almost 50 years ago when John F. Kennedy made his famous Cold War speech in the once-divided city. Nowitzki’s inclusion in the presentation is symbolic, too; the future Hall-of-Famer is iconic enough to be asked to be present in a way that represents his native Germany, his adopted United States – and because of the message of the moment, the world.

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