U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and German President Joachim Gauck preside over the handover of a section of the Berlin Wall that will be displayed at the State Department. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, along with German President Joachim Gauck, received a section of the Berlin Wall on Wednesday (October 7) that will be displayed at the State Department building. The unique segment of the Wall features the signatures of individuals who played key roles in ending the Cold War and solidifying the transatlantic relationship, including former U.S. President George H. W. Bush, former leader of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev, former Polish President and Solidarity leader Lech Walesa, current German Chancellor Angela Merkel, former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, former U.S. Secretary of State James A. Baker III and Gauck himself. "My friends in receiving this unique symbol and memorial of the wall itself, the Berlin Wall, we at the same time pay tribute to an indelible partnership between two great countries and inevitably we think back to an era when an event like this was literally beyond belief," Kerry told a group gathered for the ceremony in Washington, D.C. Gauck signed the Wall when he was an activist with no experience in political office. He said the Wall demonstrates how difficult it is to predict the history of liberty. Earlier in the day Gauck met with President Barack Obama at the White House for a meeting they said focused on a range of issues including the refugee crisis in Europe and Iran's nuclear ambitions.