PARIS, France (CNN) - Sen. Barack Obama said Friday he was avoiding criticizing President Bush on his trip through Europe.
Speaking to reporters, the Democratic presidential candidate cited a tradition that "you don't criticize a sitting president while overseas," adding that "it's very important" that U.S. foreign policy is presented "in one voice."
"I can say affirmatively an effective U.S. foreign policy will be based on our ability not only to project power, but also to listen and to build consensus. And the goal of an Obama administration in foreign policy would be, obviously to act on behalf of the interests of the security of the United States, but also to listen to our allies," he said.
It's sad that the media is looking really HARD for some thing ... some thing for criticism of Obama!!!
Noitce how the media have their talking points... Oh he can't have too many people showing they like him,.... Oh, he can't look like he wants to be president... Oh, too bad that every where he goes – on this trip will not look good back home...
Media is not in love with Obama but he knows how to play their game!
I watched the press conference with Sarkozy. While the media did their usual fawning of Obama, I did not see the Obama, uh uh, with a um um teleprompter, um uh, that we see here. He isn't really a great speaker without a speech writer. Also I noticed that Obama was wearing a translation wire. I was under the impression, when he was putting down Americans for only knowing "merci beaucoup" , but the" french knew English" that he could speak French.
Here we go again. The Great and Almighty obama blaming someone else but his own self. This whole trip was and is a campaign trip.
That's pretty much the only way to answer that question.
Interesting that he makes comments like "Oh i'm not going to criticize the President" meanhwile that's exactly what he's doing by bringing attention to the topic.
I thought he was abroad as a senator, meanwhile he makes comments like "And the goal of an Obama administration in foreign policy"
This guys a joke. I can't believe people kiss up to him.
Please give the McCain campaign some oxygen...
GO FIGURE, A HONORABLE POLITICIAN.
This is yet another example of the vision, wisdom, and positive nature of Barack Obama and his advisors.
I love Obama always taking the high road even though our president at the israel keneset made his chip shot at Obama
Wow!!! what a way to represent. I want to see how the Obama-haters spin this one LOL
Obama sounds more like George H. W. Bush and James Baker. McCain is aping W, unfortunately.
Finally, Obama made the correct choice for once! I commend you sir.
I AM SURE MCSHAME WISHED OBAMA STAYED HOME.
Of course he does not want to be that conspicous. He is just over their making policies for the united states and has to yet become the official democrat nominee much less the president of this country. That will be settled in november. Of course the european countrys liked that blue-blood liberal John Kerry but the American people decided he was not fit to be our president. So everytime I see him over there acting like "THE KING" he wants to be and I see him apologizing for America and about the American people who are considered by him to be uneducated , gun toting, religous nuts and Racist White Crackers it confirms I am making the right decision by voting for John McCain. At least he loves america and the people of america.
He said he wouldn't criticize Bush, then went on to criticize Bush.
Does this tool think Americans are that stupid????
"I can say affirmatively an effective U.S. foreign policy will be based on our ability not only to project power, but also to listen and to build consensus"
Wow! Obama just confirmed the Bush strategy!! Now all he has to do is get the Europeans to engage in an effective manner..
Good for you Barack! Keep up the good work overseas. And keep those details coming...
SAFE TO SAY OBAMA DOESN'T STOOP
TO THE BUSH MCBUSH SLEAZE.
There is not a scintilla of difference between what Obama just said about foreign policy, and what the Bush administration has said and done over the past seven years.
That is some pretty powerful CHANGE!
He could have trashed McCain, he could have trashed Bush,
To bad Bush didnt give that memowil he gave a speech in the knesset in Isreal.
I am 100% Republican, but I have all the respect in the world for BO right now for not using wounded troops in Berlin for a campaign photo-op and for respecting U.S. tradition of not criticizing a sitting president while overseas. I’ve never understood Americans who travel abroad and make demeaning comments about our country or our president. It’s just pandering to the anti-American sentiment and is truly disgusting. Good job Obama. McCain 2008.
Bush is Right, Obama is Wrong on this one...
Mr. Obama I am absolutely proud of you, I was on my feet cheering for you during the entire news briefing, You made most of Americans proud of you, your bearing was outstanding. Obama for President 08!
Too bad old Bushie was not as well behaved while speaking in Israel.