June 28th, 2008
10:32 AM ET
3 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. H

    DONT YOU THINK HE SHOULD MAKE ARRANGEMENT AND NOT JUST GO IN UNANNOUNCED. OR IS BETTER THAN EVERYONE ELSE.

    June 28, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  2. Clay in Texas

    I can understand the right-wingers apparent anger towards Barack. After all, he is eating their proverbial lunches, both politically and personally. People (even in Texas) are tired of Bush and Company. Barack will bring much needed blood, policy and integrity to the White House. I haven't had this much fun since Ann Richards was elected governor of Texas!

    June 28, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  3. Stephen

    Visiting Walter Reed is plenty enough to understand what's going on in Iraq!

    June 28, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  4. Ralph B Augustin

    Go Obama.....Great way to show your love for this great land USA

    June 28, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  5. mr. reality

    its good he isnt using the vets for pub. and whats worse being jimmy carter or duffy W.

    June 28, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  6. Obama: 2nd Term Carter

    Susan from Scotts Valley June 28th, 2008 12:25 pm ET

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

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    And if Mccain did it many Obama backers would be saying it was a photo op.

    June 28, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  7. Rob indetroit

    Walter REED what a disgrace. Eight years ago bush said he wanted to bring honor to washington what a Joke.

    June 28, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  8. Peter E

    Oh right, that forgotten hospital that all politicians, including Obama grand stand about but then do NOTHING!

    June 28, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  9. Michael, Lorain, Ohio

    Hey Willy since you're a republican, why haven't you visited Iraq? Speaking of Iraq, we attacked Iraq because we thought they had WMDs. In 7+ years we've spent $1 trillion on a false claim of WMDs yet NO ONE HAS TAKEN responsibility for the now proven false accusations. Oh, and don't try to pretend you're a rogue Clinton supporter, when really all you are is a Operation Chaos Ditto head.

    Why does a candidate need to go to a war zone to campaign??

    June 28, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  10. YES WE WILL

    So Willy are you going to vote for McCain? Do you want our military in Iraq for another 100 years? McCain is a nasty old man with a hot headed temper. McCain speeches seems like he is at a funeral. Do you like the way he laid in the bed when he was being held captive asking for his wife. The wife he dumped after he had an affair with the rich one he is married to now. Wow he is a great guy! A lot of moral values!

    Barack is going to Iraq and the Middle East this summer. We must have someone that can work towards lowing gas prices, creating jobs, work on housing and health care. Barack Obama is that person.

    I know the soldiers Barack visited this morning were proud to see him and he was proud to see them.

    June 28, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  11. JOYCE

    willey
    you dont even know who jimmy carter is. he was great
    so till you grow up you should not talk about your elders

    June 28, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  12. Fed up in Washington

    What took him so long? He should have visited when the scandals broke about how poor the care was at Walter Reed.

    June 28, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  13. LaTreetha E. Sharpley

    Today, the first day in all my 66 years that I really saw and felt what this great nation is about. I attended an Obama, meeting in my county. I saw people of all ages, ethic backgrounds and political parties. This is truly a wonderful time in America. All people coming together to say "yes we can". Then to see that Senator Obama vistied the veterans and no press allowed, only reinforces this great feeling I have for my wonderful country and the change that is in the air.

    June 28, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  14. Michael

    Perhaps you should read the next blog post. He announced plans to visit Iraq.

    June 28, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  15. DJ

    Willy, the american people has listen to every gimmick, lie, terrible policy the Republicans has offered. I can not even beleive there is one person on the planet that believe the republcans have the ability to repair the damage they have cause. The Republicans inherited a great economy with prosperity, low trade deficit, surplus for the government and he couln't even maintained it. So why would any reasonable person even think another Republican John McBush would do anything different. Matter of fact his positions are 95% in line with Bush. If another republican is elected this country will become a third world country. George Bush is ranked by the world leaders as one of the most dangerous person in the world below the ranking of some top terrrists in the world.

    June 28, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  16. Jermaine

    As an Officer in the US Army, OBAMA has the ARMY's support. Most of us Soldiers want to leave IRAQ, we R just foing our job and go when told too, but we want it to END. OBAMA is a transformational leader and he has shown a deep undestanding of the PARADIGM shift that is needed in America and that the rest of the world has already shown. He was the one Senator who outed and did something about Walter Reed last year, he push for the Veteran G.I. Bill from the jump, and has been a true friend to Veterans. OBAMA does not just talk about change, he is change, he brings about change, he work for change and he has the judgement to ensure AMERICA adapt to the times and catch up with the rest of the world. As an officer, Soldier and Leader in the US Military, I look forward to November when in a President OBAMA we will have a National Leader in the mold of Lincoln, JFK and Reagan who make up believe., and reach for heights unknown. It is time to stop the fear mongering, it is time to be concious about the world issues and it is time America leades with soft Diplomacy. It is time to turn weapons into plow shares, it is time to rise to the potential as a people and as a nation. It is time to CHANGE AMERICA and in doing so we will CHANGE THE WORLD. One Army at a time ARMY STRONG, AMERICA STRONG! OBAMA-HAGEL 2008,/2012; OBAMA-GORE; OBAMA-WEBB; OBAMA-ZINNI! The possibilities are endless! A UNITED AMERICA

    OBAMA-LINCOLN!

    June 28, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  17. Paula Diane

    Willy..give him a break!!! He has 4 months to run an election campaign and he can't go everywhere at once!! geeze..he isn't president yet and his duties don't begin yet! McCain went over because he had a year to kick back while the primary for the Dem's was happening.. get real. You go to Iraq.. you don't need months of security planning...

    June 28, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  18. JIMMY

    Barack doesnt show-boat. He had a private conversation with our brave men and women. No fanfare, just Barack sitting down with our brave troops. No fake photo-op. Just Barack and the troops, no media.
    I respect that.

    June 28, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  19. Ben

    why is evryone down on Jimmy Carter? Was it because the nation went into finacial probles during his reign. Something like we are suffering now? Or is it because he didn't send troops to bomb and destroy Iran when they took Americans hostage? Maybe?
    Let me remind you not one American young man died, and all the hostages were released unharmed.
    A far cry from Bush or McCains philosophy to bomb and destroy every thing in sight. Which included over 4,000 of our finest sons.

    June 28, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  20. george

    mccain has visited more foreign countries than american states. his priority should be to govern this country, to pay attention to the multitudes in social and economic poverty in American urban areas. mccain's criticism of obama for not being as well-traveled as himself is shortsighted and somewhat revealing about where his priorities lie.

    June 28, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  21. Rusty, Portland

    Let's see, is there a group left that Obama has not pandered to ?
    Has he been to a midget convention or should I say a small people's convention? Surely he has something for them too.

    June 28, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  22. Larry Buchas

    Hey Silly Willy,

    Barack's visiting Iraq & Afghanistan in a couple weeks. As for the comparison to Jimmy Carter, I think Barack will be compared more to John F. Kennedy.

    Either way, it's better than a 3rd term of Bush policies.

    And guess what? Barack will take care of our Iraqi veterans than John McCain. Barack's got my support & my vote.

    June 28, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  23. Sebastian

    Talking to troops ... away from superior officers ... is THE BEST WAY to get the unvarnished truth about Iraq and Afghanistan ....

    Forget John McCain's trip to the sanitized Green Zone.

    June 28, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  24. virgin islands princess

    Good Obama. Show that warmonger who really supports the troops. And don't forget about Schip, Medicaid, and SSI for the territories. Our boys shed blood in Iraq too.

    P.S. Willy: he's been to Iraq. You're the one who hasn't left the country.

    June 28, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  25. 2Set

    Hey Willy, Obama is not an oil pimp like the Bushes. He doesn't need to make sure his company is getting the right amount of oil. He just needs to bring the troops home and let the Iraqis take care of themselves and focus on taking care of our own dam country.

    June 28, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
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