According to the Berliner Morgenpost, fifty years ago, Kennedy gave one of his most memorable speeches at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin when the city was divided in two by a wall (East and West Berlin) and finished his speech saying "Ich bin ein Berliner" ("I am a Berliner"). Germans never forgot this.
A few days ago, Chancellor Angela Merkel invited President Obama to commemorate Kennedy but I'm sure she didn't expect a gay-friendly speech.
"I’ve come here, to this city of hope, because the tests of our time demand the same fighting spirit that defined Berlin a half-century ago," Obama said.
"When we stand up for our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters and treat their love and their rights equally under the law, we defend our own liberty as well. We are more free when all people can pursue their own happiness. And as long as walls exist in our hearts to separate us from those who don’t look like us, or think like us, or worship as we do, then we're going to have to work harder, together, to bring those walls of division down.
"Whether it's based on race, or religion, gender, or sexual orientation, we are stronger when all our people — no matter who they are or what they look like — are granted opportunity, and when our wives and our daughters have the same opportunities as our husbands and our sons," Obama added.
Other commemorations are planned in Berlin throughout the month.