Nearly five years after delivering a campaign speech to a massive crowd in Berlin,


Then-Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama in Berlin on July 24, 2008. (PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

President Obama will return to Germany's capital this month to deliver a speech at the historic Brandenburg Gate.

Obama's return to Berlin will draw comparisons to his visit in July 2008, when more than 200,000 people came to hear the then-Democratic presidential nominee speak at the Victory Column, a little more than a mile away. Obama's 2008 Republican opponent, Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), used footage of the speech to mock Obama as a "celebrity" akin to Britney Spears and Paris Hilton.