BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) - Sen. Barack Obama had a productive meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, the prime minister's office said Monday.
An official with al-Maliki's office described the meeting as "very good and successful for both sides," and said Obama, the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate, praised the prime minister's leadership.
Obama expressed his support for the Iraqi government and noted that the passage of important legislation, such as laws addressing the production and distribution and oil revenue, would help strengthen the country, said the official, adding that Obama emphasized he was speaking in his role as a U.S. lawmaker.
So far, so good. From all the reporting from the various media; print, television, on-line, etc., Barack is handling these meetings with dignity and great grasp of the various situations on these particular regions.
I hope the media continue to follow closely, as to all the American people and world the chance to see how Barack interacts with the very leaders he hopes to join.
I'm not an editor or publisher but the New York Times got it right by not publishing McCain's article and publishing Obama's. McCain spends too much of his campaign funds focusing on Obama and has no substance to followup his complaints. McCain's campaign is built on complaints and slander of Obama while GWB, McCain's buddy, is making McCain look like a fool by talking to Iran. You'd think McCain would be smart enough to smell the coffee.
Building relationships with other countries is one of the many jobs a president has to do. It seems as if some of the McCain supporters condone a non-existant relationship with al-maliki, don't limit our alliances because of your narrow-minded thinking. Having many allies will greatly help us fight the war on terror. In my opinion, THE NUMBER ONE FOREIGN POLICY IS TO HAVE ALLIES!!! Obama has worked towards that goal.