June 28th, 2008
10:32 AM ET
7 years ago

Obama visits Walter Reed

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama made a private, last-minute stop at Walter Reed Army Medical Center Saturday morning where he presumably visited with wounded veterans, though campaign aides both on and off site would not confirm, and a press pool was not allowed in the facility.

While the Illinois senator was inside, Obama's campaign simultaneously announced he would be making trips to both the Middle East and to Europe shortly this summer.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (82 Responses)
  1. silas

    great great great news

    June 28, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  2. Danny, CA

    This is rhetoric. He is going to Iraq because John mcCain reminded him. Media can ignore it. Barack is a joke for American people.

    June 28, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  3. Cathy in MD

    I’ll bet those wounded veterans were very happy to see the future Commander in Chief. What a refreshing change, they must have thought.

    June 28, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  4. Jeff

    PUMA can do all they want but Obama will still prevail. I am surprised that most people think Obama was selected, how about his big big lead in delegates? how about his millions of supporters?

    People need to grow up and realize that Obama is where he is because of his supporters and he will continue to do that as long as he gets their support. I personally believe that Obama will have enough support from republicans who will switch to support the first black president. For the PUMA people, what are you going to do when Obama wins in november? move out of the country?

    June 28, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  5. dems be dopes

    He finally figured out we have a military?

    "Change you can believe in, and I plan on taking out of your pockets."

    June 28, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  6. Once a cheat, always a cheat

    Knowing how Obama backs us veterans and our benefits, his actions without all the pomp and fanfair doesn't surprise me in the least.

    I have looked hard into Obama's past, much like I am looking now into McCains and at least, to me, McCain has some issues in his past which includes his "Songbird" status when he was a POW and his treatment of POW/MIA famillies when he got back.

    I cannot support anyone who is a mirror of those in the current administration. The way those veterans from this war have been treated after coming home is a crime.

    Just a few months left, I hope.

    June 28, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  7. Obama: 2nd Term Carter

    "Barack Obama made a private, last-minute stop at Walter Reed Army Medical Center Saturday morning "

    "Obama's campaign simultaneously announced he would be making trips to both the Middle East and to Europe shortly this summer."

    OK. It was private and last minute and at the same time his campaign announced his trip overseas. Sure that was not all planned out for the media.

    June 28, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  8. Thank you, Obama

    I am so proud to support Obama. My husband is an Iraq war vet and I am a caseworker in social services and we have been proud to donate what we can to this man. I have read both his books, been registering voters for him, and am excited to have someone who speaks from his heart as our president.

    Thank you, Obama and Michelle. We love Michelle Obama!

    June 28, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  9. Cynthia

    It shows that he cares about our veterans – no press allowed. It obviously wasn't a photo op. John McCain also voted against the GI bill that would give soliders a better benefits package for 3 years of services.

    June 28, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  10. @everyamericans

    good! we need to bring the troops home!!!!

    June 28, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  11. pam Eugene OR

    Quite different than McCain. McCain makes everything about photo ops and Barack just wanted to talk with the wounded soldiers. I have a lot of respect for Obama.

    June 28, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  12. Arizona

    This man does everything right, what's not to like?

    June 28, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  13. Linda

    How many chance encounters with military men and women other than family do most of us have? It was a wonderful jesture on Senator Obama's part to recognize and remember these hero's who have defended this country to kept us safe. I pray they all get well soon and for now can have a Happy 4th of July.

    June 28, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  14. seah

    For a vote

    All for a vote.

    Obama has to keep his appearance up like he cares.

    His wanting to push through the GI bill through shows he knows nothing and does not care about our military or the vets.

    Our Military and out Vets deserve more than any of the social programs he wants and has pushed through.

    Military and Vets should be top priority.........................................

    Other wise draft all those who want the free ride and welfare bums into the military to serve for what they get.

    June 28, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  15. Voter

    And your war record, Barack???

    You've got some nerve walking into Walter Reed.

    But I forgot, you will do ANYTHING to get money, to get power. You are selfish, lying, greedy and a bully.

    I can't wait to vote for John McCain.

    June 28, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  16. s

    I'm glad he went to see the damage done, and get a first hand look of what he'd need to do to help our veterans when he's president.

    Obama '08

    June 28, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  17. Susan from Scotts Valley

    Taking care of our veterans is a high priority for Barack. This is a great way to show it.

    June 28, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  18. Willy

    Mr. Change, aka Jmmy Carter II, still hasn't visited IRAQ!

    June 28, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  19. Veteran for Obama- Ventura ca

    This man will help our Veterans retain the dignity they deserve. They have been neglected and ignored for far too long from the one's who put many of them in harms way!

    June 28, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  20. Steve

    Taking a page right out of Hillary and McCain's book. Shallow and fake, what a guy!

    June 28, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  21. ron

    How many times had he visited with them before it was political fodder.
    How many times had he mentioned his white grandfather before it became political fodder.

    June 28, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  22. Politically Speaking

    Exactly Obama. He showed true respect for our American heros and did not allow it to become a photo-op.

    June 28, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  23. J.C.

    It's a welcome sign for presidential candidates to visit military hospitals. McCain, being a naval officer and POW, did not stay in Walter Reed, an Army hospital, but he must have stayed at Bethesda Naval Hospital after his return from Vietnam. In other words, he has seen it all.

    Senator Obama needs to see the results of a president's decisions, especially when a candidate has never served in uniform. This is serious business. There are times he or she has to send men and women in harm's way in order to prevent more casualties later.

    June 28, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  24. Erica from GA

    This is the type of leadsr this country deserves

    Obama '08

    June 28, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  25. Rob indetroit

    obama cares about our troops mccain doesn't.

    June 28, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
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