July 21st, 2008
10:45 AM ET
10 years ago

Obama and Petraeus meet in Baghdad


(Photo credit: SSG Lorie Jewell, US Army) Gen. David Petraeus flies with Sens. Barack Obama and Chuck Hagel from Baghdad International Airport to the International Zone.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (173 Responses)
  1. Pat, Washington

    Wonderful photo!!!! I will be making a copy for myself.

    July 21, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  2. American

    I think they are laughing about McWalking Cain not knowing the difference between Iraq and Afghanistan…LOL

    July 21, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  3. Jim P

    Helo's make good targets!

    July 21, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  4. Auntie Coosa, Blairsville, Georgia, USofA

    The JOKE: Gen. Patraeus says: "So NOW do you believe I'm commanding from behind a desk?"

    July 21, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  5. Mark, B'ham., Al.

    Did Obama thank General Petreaus for the success of the surge and the Troopers who made it work. I dought it! It is another photo op like his idol Bill use to use the military for.

    July 21, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  6. gman

    "I will never drink the Kool-aid"...you can go to jail for your threat to Obama.

    July 21, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  7. Monica, Texas

    Looks like a winning team.....

    July 21, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  8. Cynthia

    I'm glad he went and hope that everything continues to go well for them while they are there.

    July 21, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  9. Kent

    General Petreus:
    "Hey Barack, I'm not supposed to like you, I'm going to stop smiling now".

    Obama 08

    July 21, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  10. Danel

    If you idiots think a below average senator can go over sea and determine U.S. policy in two days then you are gullable to anything.Wake up before it is too late. Paul.
    Paul, you calling Obama bellow average?? That's a hoot! You haven't bother to research about him that's why. Too much negativity clouded your vision.

    July 21, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  11. Lena

    Do you honestly think we have not been talking with Iran? What rock have you been sleeping under. Obama is an opportunist, pure and simple. We have had people in Afghanistan for years now – we have been in talks with the Iranians for years now – just because the government doesn't tell you what is going on doesn't mean nothing is being done – get a brain! Obama is not going to pull troops out – he has already said so; he is going to increase the number of troops in Afghanistan; he has said so. He is going to raise our taxes until we bleed – he has said so. Please grow up (no, wake up). He will destroy us all.

    July 21, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  12. J. Sully, New York

    Hey McSHAME you forgot again!! The generals take orders from the Commander in Chief (Hopefully Obama) not the other way around!!!!

    July 21, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  13. G

    Hey Chuck his name is Barack not Barry. Unless you want me to start calling you Chucky call him by his name. And than people wonder why the New Yorker cover was a failure. Unlike jib jab which was very funny. Getting back to the picture they look very comfortable with each other. Petraeus and Obama seem to get along oh no Mccain will be very disappionted he lost his best friend lol.

    July 21, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |

    here is someone who is not braging about wars and how to win useless senseless war like maccain, but one who is ready to learn ,ready to give great insights about the future of iraqi war_(strategic blunder) from shere common sense and intuition. america here is your next president. let your heads override your hearts and jointly elect a man with great vision for a great country like america. GOD BLESS YOU OBAMA!!!!!

    July 21, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  15. Patrick

    McCain and the GOP are deperate, hence they will stop at nothing when attacking Senator Obama. Facts are stubborn things, and the facts are that McCain was wrong when he supported the invasion of Iraq, he was wrong when he capitulated to Bush on torture, he was wrong supporting the escalation ("surge" is a BS political term) and McCain has reversed himself on every bill he ever sponsored. The guy is a joke. Senator Obama is the only sane choice when it comes to the presidential election in November.

    July 21, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |

    Chuck Hagel on an Obama ticket...now thats laughable. CHUCK HAGEL IS A CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN!!!! He is also a close friend of John Mccain



    Obama will lose this election on the first debate with Mccain.

    John Mccain 08

    July 21, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  17. Duke

    Hey CNN,
    this is a comment from the person named "I will never drink the Kool-aid"

    "Want to save America? Next time you have in up in a chopper, open the door and throw him out.


    This is a wonderful and democratic country and we all have an opportunity to give our thoughts – but when a comment like the above stated suggests harm coming to a candidate, I think it's important to investigate those behind the comment.

    CNN, I hope the Secret Service is made aware of that comment

    July 21, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  18. David Armendale, SF, CA

    When asked how many more years US troops might stay in Iraq, John McCain said maybe a hundred. "AS LONG AS Americans are not being injured or harmed or wounded or killed, it's fine with me."

    Would logic not dictate that the inverse of this conditional statement is that McCain would NOT be fine with troops remaining in Iraq if they ARE being injured or killed?

    AS LONG AS means IF.

    July 21, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  19. Debby

    Good maybe Obama will learn something about Iraq talking to Petreaus. Is Obama flying that helicopter it looks it hahaha.

    July 21, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  20. Kevin

    Since thisis acongressional fact finding mission how about at least a sentence on the other Senators. Oh and all the pictures I have seenwhich show him with troops is small groups with all black troops who would naturally ador him. The one large troop picture was still 95% black. Who is playing the race card now? Go back to the south side of Chicago Barry!

    July 21, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  21. Kelby from Houston, TX

    THE IRAQ WAR IS WRONG AND SHOULD BE STOPPED. That's the best comment for any story pertaining to the Iraq war. We were brought there by false statements and it deters us from our real enemies.

    July 21, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  22. To Stephina

    Stephina July 21st, 2008 12:13 pm ET

    I watched Obama on the evening news visiting with soldiers overseas.

    He looked completely awkard and out of place. There He was all dressed up in a business suit. He looked so distanced from the men and women he was visiting with and I'm sure he just died having to eat a plate of army food with them.
    He got dressed up like that because he had to go and meet the leader of Afgan right after breakfast, ok?

    July 21, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  23. tom, boston

    keep yapping mcshameless, your days are numbered.

    pack up and get ready to share a cell with GW, cheney, condi, and rumsfeld at some federal prison for your war crimes , LOL!

    pray hard that the FBI, CIA, and the prison guards will NOT follow the guidelines for interrogation you and your buddies wrote.

    what a cute bunch you five will make, LOL.

    July 21, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
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