John F. Kennedy wanted to unify East and West Germany under a free government with a speech just like Gandhi and King Albert sought also to unify their countries with their speeches.
The Berlin Wall was the perfect symbol of the difference between West and East, between freedom and totalitarianism.
"There a many people in the world who really don't understand, or say they don't, what is the great issue between the free world and the Communist world. Let them come to Berlin!... All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin, and, therefore, as a free man, I take pride in the words, "Ich bin ein Berliner."
"I am a Berliner. Your struggle is mine."
Great speeches share Traits
- speaker connects his/her listener to something greater than themselves (democracy, justice, freedom)
- one theme which occurs often: self-determination
- eloquent, simplicity, words that everyone can relate to